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Senior Project Risk Advisor

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307018
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Risk and Decision Sciences Group (R&DS) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) develops and applies probabilistic risk assessment methods and decision analysis tools in a variety of domain areas and for a multitude of both government and non-government clients. As a result of significant growth in its project risk management portfolio, R&DS is seeking a Senior Project Risk Advisor to be responsible for the execution of nuclear-related project risk studies. Key activities may include writing project risk technical statements of work, eliciting the identification and characterization of project risks from subject matter experts, applying Monte Carlo analysis techniques to determine project contingency requirements, reporting and communicating project risks analysis results and risk mitigation strategies to the sponsor, and providing project risk analysis and risk management services as requested by the sponsor.

The successful candidate will have the ability to apply risk and decision analysis skills to a diverse range of nuclear and other science-related projects including project risk and regulatory assessments and apply knowledge and experience to develop strategic approaches to compiling, analyzing, and interpreting decision support data.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Support Federal Program Managers who may be located at various locations throughout the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
• Provide technical leadership within multi-disciplinary risk teams based on the risk management needs of the projects.
• Participate in management reviews of critical, high-profile projects.
• Provide technical leadership on proposal teams for developing business through vetted, competitive, and approvable proposals, delivered on time and within budget.
• Provide technical direction to the risk management and analysis team at the major project level, which will include by not be limited to: conduct detailed qualitative risk assessments; maintenance of risk management tools; periodic update and assessment of project risks, production and delivery of risk management products; and presentation of risk management status and risk analysis results to the project management team and the sponsor.
• Maintain collaborative relationships with the sponsors; set or approve technical approach for solving problems and meeting sponsor needs.
• Train and mentor early career staff in building capabilities in project risk management and risk analysis.

• Program/project manager responsible for the overall execution and success of the project.
• Project Manager for the execution of technical leadership on project risk studies.
• The Risk and Decision Sciences Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation and teamwork within group and projects.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree plus 13 or more years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 10 or more years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of education and demonstrated relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree on a case-by-case basis.
• Requires experience coordinating complex programs/projects with definitive priorities, objectives, and a long-term implementation strategy; and demonstrated experience in specialized technical areas relevant to business development and programmatic interests.
• Relevant experience and skills should include strategic planning, management of complex projects, and working with multi-laboratory and interagency teams comprised of senior private and government clients and stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

• Degree in engineering, mathematics, economics, or related field
• 6 or more years of experience relevant to the depth of knowledge in risk assessment needed to deliver projects.
• Demonstrated experience in project risk assessments and applying risk assessment skills to support business development and project implementation for nuclear-related projects, e.g., @Risk, Crystal Ball, Pertmaster.
• Demonstrated experience of effective technical leadership of teams on multiple or significant risk-related projects and tasks.
• Demonstrated experience and interactions with senior level management.
• Strong skills in conducting qualitative risk assessments. Extensive knowledge and practical experience of risk applications. This would include an understanding of what model attributes are necessary for the sound and defensible use of risk elicitation and Monte Carlo risk analyses and decision informed tools in various research and applied applications.
• Past performance must demonstrate attributes of being self-motivated and self-directed.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills are required. Must have experience in preparing, reviewing, and presenting the results of complex technical reports and recommendations to senior management and sponsors.
• Ability to strategically integrate with senior HQ and senior National Laboratory Technical staff to facilitate effective risk management with new and on-going complex programs/projects.

A current Department of Energy Q clearance is preferred.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307018
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Earth Systems Science
Group: Risk & Decision Sciences

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.

* U.S. Citizenship
* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.