Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jobs Director, Contractor
Assurance RICHLAND , Washington Apply Now Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution
powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to
collaboration and a flexible work environment. Dynamic, adaptable
people come to PNNL to work together on high-impact projects and
initiatives for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors.
PNNL staff focus on meaningful work, innovation, and outcomes. At
PNNL, you’ll find an energized environment and excellent benefits
including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans,
health insurance and flexible work schedules. PNNL is in eastern
Washington state, an area known for its outdoor recreation,
thriving wine industry, and affordable cost of living.
As PNNL’s Director of Contractor Assurance (CA), you will
provide vision, leadership, and management to enable strong
assurance to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) that the
Laboratory is meeting or exceeding the objectives of PNNL’s
operating contract. You and your team will partner with management
and staff across the Laboratory to continuously improve and execute
a performance management framework that is instrumental in
understanding and communicating PNNL’s impact, and in helping to
identify and define methods and opportunities to improve
performance and amplify impact. As CA Director, you provide
guidance on the strategic use of a full suite of performance
In this critical position, you will partner with PNNL’s Chief
Risk Officer, and work collaboratively with senior leaders across
the Laboratory to deploy enterprise risk management tools,
measures, and mitigations essential to identifying and preventing
events and issues that could negatively impact performance.
In order to effectively understand PNNL’s performance, you will
guide the Assessment and Analysis function to collect and analyze
performance data and regularly report and review institutional
performance against PNNL’s strategy, the DOE Performance Evaluation
and Measurement Plan (PEMP), and contractual requirements.
You will oversee PNNL’s Issue Management function and the CA
staff who work collaboratively with managers and subject matter
experts across the Laboratory to respond to events and issues,
working hand-in-hand to perform cause analyses, identify and
implement corrective actions, and measure effectiveness.
You will steward PNNL’s business and process analysis capability
which facilitates improvement projects across the Laboratory by
helping customers understand their current situation, visualize the
future, identify gaps and opportunities, and lay out a game plan
for making their operations better (not just different).
As CA Director, you will be a key communicator, influential
voice. and trusted partner of PNNL’s laboratory management, the DOE
Pacific Northwest Site Office (PNNL’s oversight entity), and the
laboratory’s governing body Battelle Memorial Institute.
You will report to the Director of Performance Management, who
also serves as PNNL’s Chief Risk Officer, and are one-step removed
from the Laboratory Director.
In this role, you will have the opportunity to promote and
cultivate the excellence of your team members and colleagues while
supporting the Lab’s overall mission.
We want you to join our team where we don’t shy away from
challenges, are excited to be part of a think-tank environment, and
inspire each other to improve and implement new ideas. Bring your
passion and experience to the team.
Authority and Accountability
Develop and implement PNNL’s Contractor Assurance System (CAS)
in compliance with contractual requirements and the CAS
Description; assure highly effective implementation and performance
of CAS elements including enterprise risk management, issues
management, assessments, performance analytics, lessons learned and
Deploy the Laboratory’s performance management framework to
provide a means to measure, understand, improve, and report
performance; summarize institutional performance for leadership,
oversight and governance through risk packages, performance
dashboards, and a Balanced Scorecard framework
Train and develop laboratory management and other key roles on
CAS fundamentals and performance management practices
Steward the business and process analysis capability for the
Build relationships with various stakeholders regarding
performance management, including the DOE site office personnel,
corporate executives, Laboratory leadership members, senior
management, and staff
Inspire, motivate, and lead a team of approximately 20
performance management professionals
Bachelor's Degree plus 10 years of relevant experience; or
Advanced Degree plus 8 years of relevant experience
Knowledge of and experience implementing assurance programs in a
Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning and change
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Able to influence people, solve problems, troubleshoot, think
creatively and resolve conflicts
Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor staff
Experience developing, analyzing, and reporting performance
metrics/reports for a research organization
Experience developing and implementing a Risk Management
Experience and expertise in issues management (e.g., event
reporting and investigations, causal analysis, PAAA, lessons
learned programs, etc.)
Past responsibility for compliance performance across a broad
organization including for areas where line authority rests outside
of your purview
Business Analytics experience
Knowledge of DOE systems
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits
DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign
government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a
position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign
government talent recruitment program you will be required to
disclose this information before your first day of employment.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a
federal security clearance.
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 (L or 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.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is managed and
operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy