Program Manager 4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Program Manager 4

What You Will Do

The Advanced System Development Group (Q-18) is responsible for Systems and Design Engineering of Future Weapons Systems including the W93 with emphasis on improved performance, safety, produce ability, and agility of the future stockpile, Interagency Peer Reviews (IPRs) of LLNL Systems, and Future System and System Agnostic Design and System Engineering support to a wide range of experiments from internally fielded technology tests to hydrodynamic and subcritical experiments.

This Program Manager (PM) position will lead the W93 Program Management team and be the primary POC with NNSA for Program Management. They will supporting the W93 Project Technical Leads and Management Team and will be responsible for developing the overall program plan for the system as well as directing the PM team to document, track, and ensuring that program deliverables are being completed on schedule. This includes ensuring that work packages, budget allocations, and reports to NNSA and project integration offices are all done. This role requires working with technical personnel and the technical leads to define the scope, schedule, and budget and ensuring required activities are executed and tracked appropriately. The PM will be expected to collaborate with sites across the NSE and present to NNSA and DoN (Department of the Navy) programmatic progress and finances. Travel will be required to support meetings with NNSA, DoN, and other nuclear security enterprise partners.

  • Safety and security are a primary responsibility for all Laboratory employees. Maintain required safety and security training, assure safety and security compliance, and make safety and security an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic and tactical planning for execution of programmatic work and risk management.
  • Develop the requisite ALDW resources and personnel to improve program performance and reporting.
  • Use independent judgment to identify potential portfolio risks, develop risk mitigation strategies, and recommend risk acceptance/avoidance for all aspects of the assigned program(s).
  • Maintain advanced-level knowledge of the relevant technical discipline as well as understand and adhere to all Laboratory and regulatory guidance and governance specific to the programmatic work of assigned portfolio(s).
  • Foster a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Program Management

Demonstrated expert-level knowledge and experience in develop an execution & implementation plans for large complex programs that cover programmatic work from conception to completion. Expert-level knowledge of and consultative experience in all aspects of program management of technical or operational work, including defining program work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk.

Risk Management

Demonstrated expert-level ability to identify potential portfolio risks, develop risk mitigation strategies, and recommend risk acceptance/avoidance for all aspects of an assigned program.

Project Control & Scheduling

Demonstrated expert-level ability to manage cost or schedule commitments for large and complex programs/projects in the areas of scope management, budget and schedule. Expert-level knowledge and demonstrated ability in applying project controls principles, including cost and performance reporting, variance analysis and use of cost and schedule tools such as P6. Demonstrated ability to write clearly and prepare cost or schedule reports.

Communication & Teamwork

Demonstrated expert-level experience and ability in interacting effectively with Federal Program Managers, external customers, external sites, LANL management and personnel to building trust, gain consensus, and resolving conflicts. Demonstrated record of successfully supporting large cross-organization teams to ensure complex technologies or products are delivered within budget and on schedule. Demonstrated record of successfully supporting multiple teams or projects simultaneously. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Ability to evaluate a problem and generate ways to overcome the problem.

Training & Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP) is required.


Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 12 years of directly related technical and project management experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, an advanced degree may be expected; technical and project management degrees preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of LANL financial policies and principles including forecasting.
  • Experience working with the Weapons Engineering and Weapons Physics organizations at LANL.
  • Knowledge of nuclear weapons, NNSA facilities, or DoD customers that support the U.S. stockpile.
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures, directives and DPBPS requirements.
  • Knowledge in estimating program costs for moderately large and complex projects.
  • Experience managing formal EVMS program reporting.
  • Active DOE "Q" or other Top Secret clearance

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 a 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must include a cover letter addressing each of the requirements (minimum and desired) noted in the job posting individually. Please copy, paste the minimum and desired qualification, and then add sub-bullets with your commentary.
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 L or Q or Q/SCI(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.

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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.
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