QPA Specialist 2

What You Will Do

Come join our team! This position is based in the Institutional Quality (IQPA-IQ) group and reports to the IQPA-IQ Receipt Inspection and Verifications Leader. The selected candidate's primary responsibility will be to ensure product quality through performance of receipt inspections. These receipt inspections require planning, performing, and reporting/presenting of results. Receipt inspections are performed in accordance with customer specified criteria and in accordance with nuclear facility (NQA-1) and weapons related (DOE/NNSA NAP-401.1) requirements in order to ensure that specified technical and quality requirements are met.

Other duties will include: providing assistance to LANL customer organizations on quality assurance issues and activities, and supporting the supply chain quality programs e.g., receipt inspection, suspect/counterfeit, and supplier evaluation.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated full understanding of quality concepts and principles and how these are applied plus working knowledge of other related fields and, in addition, documented record of resolving a wide range of issues.
  • Demonstrated basic knowledge of and experience with quality assurance regulations, orders, and national consensus standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with inspection principles and practices in addition to performing detailed reviews of quality documentation to ensure compliance with customer and regulatory defined requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in scheduling and arranging own activities in accomplishing objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing and presenting quality assurance reports; strong oral and written communication skills; and experience interacting and effectively communicating with all levels of customers and management.


Education/Experience: QPA Specialist 2 requires a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field or combination of technical certification and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to quality.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience leading and/or supporting quality assessments, surveillances, and/or audits.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of QA procedures for review, approval, and issue in accordance with requirements and/or standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with Causal Analysis, Six Sigma, or other Quality Management related skills.
  • Documented experience as a qualified receipt inspector.
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, and Word especially).
  • Current or former professional inspection certification(s) in the quality field required (for example: ASQ, CQI, NQA-1, ISO-9001, Quality Control, Quality Inspection, NDE, NDI, API, ACI, CWI).


Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, Binocular vision, Color discrimination, Distance vision, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Lifting 30+ pounds.

Work Environment: Outdoors, Work in a noisy environment, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear.

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Applicants are to include a comprehensive cover letter addressing how they meet the required and desired skills.
  • Occasional travel may be required to perform receipt inspection duties.
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 (PTO 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 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, 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-664-6947, option 2.