Manufacturing Manager 3 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Manufacturing Manager 3

What You Will Do

The C-AAC (Actinide Analytical Chemistry) Group within Chemistry Division has one positions available for a First Line Manager (Manufacturing Manager 3). This position will work in partnership to manage interactions between C-AAC and the LANL Plutonium Facility. This position serves as a key interface, ensuring that all C-AAC teams working within Technical Area 55 (TA-55) comply with facility and conduct of operations requirements while completing mission objectives. PF-4 is an operational Hazard Category 2 nuclear facility. This position will require substantial collaboration with facility operations to ensure full compliance with all DOE and local requirements.

The duties for this positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Performing hands on glovebox work including chemical analysis and instrument operation approximately 50% of the time and FLM/ORS duties the remaining 50% of the time
  • Perform work primarily for the heat source Pu )Pu-238) program, but for the Pu Sustainment (Pu-239) program as well
  • Ensure compliant execution of work according to a master production schedule across manufacturing and engineering groups.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to address job tasking and resource requirements. The primary stakeholders of this position include C-AAC group management, C-AAC team leaders, and facility operations.
  • Maintain functional analytical operations and provide regular updates to line management.
  • Support the implementation of scheduling tools.
  • Propose and lead solutions to mitigate work stoppages.
  • Ensure worker qualification and authorization.
  • Collaborate with facility operations staff to execute work in compliance with safety, security, quality, and conduct of operations nuclear facility requirements.
  • Manage time effectively to deal with changing priorities.
  • Work with group management and team leaders to resolve conflicting demands.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork in accomplishing objectives, including mentoring and motivating peers.

The successful candidate will report to the C-AAC group office. This group is responsible for chemical analysis and chemical certification of products generated in the plutonium facility.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • DOE O 426.2 Requirements for a management position in a Hazard Category 2 nonreactor nuclear facility:

o Minimum of a BS degree.

o 4 Years of Nuclear Experience (Education or experience that is job related may be substituted on a case-by-case basis. The degree may fulfill 3 of the 4 years of nuclear experience on a one-for-one time basis.Demonstrated record of successful
  • Knowledge and/or experience in chemical dissolutions, radiochemical separations, alpha and gamma spectrometry sample preparation and counting, FRAM, DC Arc spectrometry, UV-VIS spectrophotometry, and interstitial analysis of plutonium materials.
  • Understanding/experience with data quality assurance, data reduction, data review and approval, LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) use.
  • Substantial experience working in a research or production laboratory.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as a leader of small groups with specific deliverables including excellent communication, organizational, planning, and scheduling skills.
  • The degree may fulfill 3 of the 4 years of nuclear experience on a one-for-one time basis.
  • Demonstrated record of successful technical leadership and proven ability in supervising, resolving conflicts, administering discipline, menoting, team building, managing staff requirements, motivating employees, and developing personnel such as students and/or early career scientists and engineers.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating work activities.
  • Demonstrated experience planning for and managing tactical execution of work; tracking and reporting progress.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience performing work in a manufacturing environment and executing work in compliance with facility requirements, conduct of operations, conducts of engineering, and conduct of maintenance standards.
  • Demonstrated experience working with confidential or proprietary information, classified documents or sensitive information.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by internal and/or external interactions, seminars, briefings, presentations, and/or publications
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, and ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which usually requires US citizenship.

Education/Experience: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or a related field from an accredited institution and 5 years of related experience with 4 years of Nuclear experience ; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team of technicians, engineers, generators and professional staff.
  • Demonstrated experience executing work in compliance with facility requirements.
  • Thorough knowledgeable of Integrated Work Management (IWM) and integrated safety and security management (ISSM) procedures.
  • Experience with nuclear high hazard facility operating requirements, safety authorization basis and/or Conduct of Operations planning and execution.
  • DOE Q Clearance and HRP Certification highly desirable
  • Advanced degree in analytical and/or radiochemistry

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year. Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time