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Technical Group Manager, Radiological Materials & Detection


Job Description

Job ID: 307722
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Nuclear Sciences Division within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a Technical Group Manager (TGM) to lead the Radiological Materials and Detection (RMD) Group. The TGM is a key interface between various business, line, project management, and support functions within PNNL. The role of the TGM is to maintain and develop technical capabilities that are aligned with research areas and business needs. The TGM directs all aspects of Group operations including staff, facilities and equipment and is directly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment and instilling a strong safety culture.

The RMD Group is a world leader in developing materials to safely immobilize legacy nuclear waste, develop materials for national defense, and provide and quantify the effects of radiation on materials. The RMD Group is diverse, with over 75 staff members ranging from administrators to scientists, engineers, and business development (sector) managers. The RMD Group maintains competencies in wasteform development, materials testing, process engineering, materials irradiation and metrology, as well as instrument research and testing. The group consists of one Team focused on each area. The five Teams are led by Team Leads that reports to the TGM. The technical disciplines represented within the Group include material science, chemistry, nuclear engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
The TGM is expected to be a technical expert in at least one of the technical fields represented in the group. The TGM will be responsible for retaining, recruiting, developing, mentoring and managing a diverse staff base that has a national and international reputation. The TGM will also be responsible for ensuring the Laboratory’s high quality standards and on-time delivery expectations are met.
Principle responsibilities include:
- Manage assigned resources to ensure optimal utilization of staff, equipment, and facilities.
- Ensure quality of product/services are delivered by providing appropriately trained and motivated staff to projects.
- Work with Division Directors, Sector Managers (SMs), and Product Management Office Directors (PMODs) to identify future resource requirements.
- Support the SM’s in the development of new business opportunities for the group.
- Market group capabilities within the Laboratory and support Sector Managers in external marketing.
- As necessary assist PMODs and SMs in identification and selection of project managers.
- Network with other TGMs, PMODs, and staff from PNNL, industry and academia to discover and fulfill capability requirements.
- Cultivate staff success through advancement of a supportive work environment where all staff are valued and respected.
- Foster a feedback-rich environment; actively understanding and resolving barriers that impede staff and accomplishment of work; and foster active two-way communications that informs and impacts organizational decisions.
- Ensure staff contributions are appropriately recognized and rewarded.
- Evaluate and provide meaningful high quality performance feedback to staff members to optimize their organizational contributions and support long-term professional/personal development goals.
- Support professional development of staff by offering opportunities to enhance their capabilities and expertise.
- Ensure safe, secure, effective, and compliant operations.
- Take action to mitigate hazards associated with work conducted by assigned staff.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of experience, or an advanced degree plus 8 or more years of experience.
- Progressively responsible leadership experience and/or experience managing complex assignments.
- Strong, proven interpersonal communications, problem solving and human relations skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- A Ph.D. in Material Science, Chemistry, Ceramics, or related discipline.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307722
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Nuclear Sciences

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:
- The work involves significant laboratory, high-bay, and field operations. High risk activities include high temperature and high pressure mechanical systems, energized equipment, radiation fields, and chemical hazards.