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Los Alamos National Laboratory First Line Manager (Manufacturing Manager 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Do you want to be part of an energetic, high performing team; working on challenges and deliverables that ensure national security? Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution with the brightest minds in the world and unparalleled technology and equipment. Production Agency Quality ensures that all products in the Weapons Production Directorate meet or exceed all quality requirements.

You will be reporting directly to the Production Agency Quality 1 (PAQ-1) Group Leader supporting Plutonium Product Quality Engineering & Inspection in TA-55. As the First Line Manager (FLM), you will lead and manage a team of Quality Engineers, Inspection Engineers, or Inspectors. You will represent the business unit on technical and administrative issues, both internal and external to the Laboratory, and define business unit capabilities and requirements that translate into work scope, cost, and scheduling. You will interact regularly with customers from multiple disciplines (both direct and indirect) and collaborate/negotiate with customers or management regarding matters of significance to the organization. Additionally, you will ensure that budgets, schedules, and performance standards are realistically set and attained. The FLM must be a champion for quality systems thinking and for continuous process improvement.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Leadership/management skills: Demonstrated record of successful technical leadership and proven ability in supervising, directing assignments, assuring training and development, resolving conflicts, mentoring, team building, managing staff requirements, motivating employees, and monitoring performance.

Knowledge and Expertise: Demonstrated experience in developing work scope, schedules, budgets, and coordinating work activities. Experience planning for and managing tactical execution of work; tracking and reporting progress.Experience performing work in a manufacturing environment and executing work in compliance with facility requirements, conduct of operations, conduct of engineering and conduct of maintenance standards.

Project Management skills: Demonstrated skills supporting simultaneous projects, executing organizational strategies, participating in strategic and operational planning and program implementation. Experience operating in facilities compliant with government agencies’ ordinances and regulations regarding QA compliance programs.

Communication Skills: Record of effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by internal and/or external interactions, presentations, and publications. Proven experience working constructively and effectively with personnel from different organizations at all levels.

Education: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field from an accredited institution and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Qualifications: DOE Order 426.2 requires a Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of nuclear facility experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Quality Standards: Working knowledge of quality assurance standards. Standards may include or be similar to NAP 401.1 (formerly NAP-24), NQA-1, ISO 17025 or DOE 414.1D.

Facility Experience: Experience with high explosives, nuclear and/or high hazard facility operating requirements, and experience operating on safety authorization basis and/or Conduct of Operations planning and execution.

Clearance: Active DOE Q Clearance and HRP Certification highly desirable

Management Experience: A minimum of 2 years related management experience.

Collaboration: Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team including technicians, engineers, administrative staff, etc.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.

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 1 year.

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

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 Status

Full Time

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Martinez, Loren Urban
Work Telephone 505-412-0165
Vacancy Name: IRC111297
Organization Name PAQ-1 Quality Engineering & Inspection
Minimum Salary 127800
Maximum Salary 215000
Req ID: IRC111297
Category: Other