Project Controls 3 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Project Controls 3

What You Will Do

The Project Controls 3 position implements LANL project controls system, processes, procedures and tools on a project or program, which is executed by the responsible directorates. This position performs schedule development, maintenance and monitoring activities. Performs cost estimating, analysis, and cost control activities. Prepares and reviews the preparation and presentation of cost engineering and planning activities. Supports project or program organizational and administrative activities. Ensures work is completed as scheduled and as budgeted. Identifies cost trends for management attention.

This position requires strong in-depth knowledge of project controls, high degree of technical skilled experience, and proven ability to develop and implement policies that support project controls objectives.

The Project Controls Division reports to the Project Management Resource Center organization within the Capital Projects Associate Level Directorate of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Project Controls Division (PC-DO) has over 200 employees deployed across the Laboratory performing project controls functions for both capital projects and science programs.

The Project Controls Division provides subject matter expertise, which support standard Project Management operations along with application of the LANS-certified Earned Value Management System (EVMS) where appropriate for ensuring that control systems are maintained in compliance with that certification. Capital Projects focus is on delivering quality projects and programs, safely and in compliance within scope, schedule and budget for the lab.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated advanced experience in the Project Controls function and sub functions of cost and schedule.
  • Demonstrated advanced experience in performing, monitoring, and reviewing planning and scheduling functions, including schedule development, schedule control, and schedule analysis.
  • Demonstrated advanced experience in cost engineering functions, including cost estimating, cost control, financial reporting systems, and cost and variance analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing project controls reports, plans, and detailed staffing utilization plans.
  • Demonstrated experience with successful implementation and maintenance of an Earned Value Management System (EVMS).
  • Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience working in large organizations, programs, or projects with significant fiscal and programmatic responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of engineering and/or construction management customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience

Business Systems
  • Demonstrated Knowledge and experience of financial reporting systems and specific project code of accounts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and advanced experience using scheduling software tools such as Primavera P6.
  • Working Knowledge and experience in using cost processors such as Cobra.
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge and experience using personal computer operating systems and general computer applications and software, including several basic software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Personal Leadership
  • Distinguished record of accomplishment in following technical direction and goals, developing programs, implementing effective business practices and systems, analyzing budgets and finances, and interacting with customers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated Leadership experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to build and grow effective internal and external organizational relationships.
  • Demonstrated success and ability to work independently, organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks under strict deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience working on multiple projects with frequent interruptions, varying priorities and deadlines while maintaining excellent quality in daily work.
  • Experience mentoring or leading a team; providing personnel management support that includes training of technical and non-technical personnel and providing technical and operational direction to assigned personnel.


Excellent communication skills including interpersonal, verbal and written, demonstrating the ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel.

Education/Experience Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, postgraduate course work may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in working on projects or programs throughout all phases: Initiation, Planning, Execution, and Closeout.
  • Advanced experience of using the scheduling tool Primavera P6.
  • Experience of using the cost processor Deltek Cobra.
  • Knowledge of using the EVMS analysis and reporting tool Encore Analytics Empower.
  • Experience with successful implementation and maintenance of rigorous EVMS principles and techniques that complies with EIA-748 in U.S. Government facilities, programs, and/or projects.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy (DOE) at headquarters or field office level, or with state and federal regulators.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory processes and procedures customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.

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 2 years.

Note to Applicants:
  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum and desired requirements of the position, along with a resume.
  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.
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 maternity 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.

*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.

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