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Navarro Inc. Laboratory Life Cycle Project Manager (2311) in Richland, Washington

Navarro Research and Engineering is recruiting for a Laboratory Life Cycle Project Manager in Richland, WA.

Navarro Research & Engineering is an award-winning federal contractor dedicated to partnering with our clients to overcome their most challenging environmental, technical, and infrastructure missions within the nuclear and environmental industries. Joining Navarro means being a part of an exceptional team committed to quality and safety while also looking for innovative strategies to create value for the client’s success. Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Navarro has active programs in place across the nation for DOE/NNSA, NASA, and the Department of Defense.

This position will support Hanford Laboratory Management and Integration, LLC (HLMI). HLMI is located in Richland, WA, and operates, manages, and maintains the 222-S Laboratory Complex for the Department of Energy. The HLMI members are Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN), and Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International (Gaithersburg, MD).

Successful candidate will independently use the Integrated Priority List and Laboratory Life Extension Plan to synthesize and maintain DOE Contract period and Laboratory Life Cycle Project Execution Plan for the portfolio of Laboratory Corrective Maintenance and Facility Improvement projects including instrument procurements, expense corrective maintenance projects, General Plant Projects (GPPs) and Capital Line Item Projects. Plan to include Company Project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), life cycle schedule and budget, development of DOE funding request strategy, and development/scheduling/integration of supporting information. Proactively identifies potential problems and devises ways to resolve them in a timely manner. Generates original ideas with other members of the team. Liaises with Laboratory management, support staff, clients, and oversight personnel to lead Laboratory change order development for Contract Change Orders associated with Laboratory Projects.


  • Applies an extensive and diversified knowledge of Nuclear Facility Operations, Maintenance, Program, and Project Management principles and practices in assignments and related work. Manages the integration of the 222-S Laboratory Life Extension Plan into the Laboratory baseline to execute infrastructure improvements and configuration changes needed to ensure the Laboratory can safely, compliantly, and efficiently support the TOC mission to manage, retrieve, treat, and disposition the highly radioactive mixed wastes stored in tanks in the 200 Areas of the Hanford Site, to characterize tank farm soil, clean up and close the tanks farms following waste retrieval, to deliver compliant feed to the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP). Drives timely implementation of recommendations of the Plan consistent with DOE-approved budgets and emergent mission support needs, such as the Tank Farm Chemical Vapors Program and early feed and operation of the WTP Low Activity Waste (LAW) Facility. Manages all facets of assigned work to ensure that Laboratory goals and commitments are identified in the Contract Baseline Schedule, and Laboratory Lifecycle Schedule (FES) and the activities are into the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) as appropriate.

  • Acts as mentor to laboratory project managers to maintain fully competent staff in all conventional aspects managing small to medium size Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), infrastructure upgrades, and facility construction projects from initiation through closeout in accordance with applicable standards and requirements.

  • Contributes to development of new concepts, techniques, and standards. Considered expert in field within the organization.

  • May function as fully competent project manager in all conventional aspects managing up to Line Item Projects; including, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), High Hazard Operations (HHO), infrastructure upgrades, or facility construction projects from initiation through closeout in accordance with quality standards and requirements.

  • May function as lead Project Manager on a task force or special assignment, coordinating the activities of task force Project Managers and engineers from the discipline specialty.

  • Plans and conducts work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection and substantial adaptation or modification of standard techniques, procedures and criteria (e.g., development of Capital Line Item Project execution procedures and processes, including reporting, for any DOE 413.3 like project execution within the Laboratory Contract).

  • Provide expert technical guidance and leadership on problem and opportunity resolution by assessing atypical, complex issues and situations impacting roles of the organization and/or program operations (e.g., organization policies, process re-engineering, strategic planning, and organizational development).

  • Demonstrates interpolative thinking, utilizes advanced techniques, modifications or extensions to practiced theories, and is generally seasoned technically.

  • Participate on and lead cross-organizational improvement team(s) engaged in visible/business sensitive program/project type work involving complex problems and/or key budget, schedule, or regulatory compliance issues.

  • Represent HLMI to both internal and external customers where appropriate; manage related correspondence. Interact with DOE-ORP, DOE-HQ, oversight panels and boards as appropriate, and other organizations on matters involving assigned technical issues.

  • Serves as a senior-level manager, including providing advice to the General Manager and staff, and works with DOE, DNFSB, and Regulators to resolve important questions, concerns, and issues. As assigned, chairs/conducts/leads Laboratory Joint Review Group, Senior Supervisory Watch, Event Investigations, causal analyses, Plant Review Committee meetings, and management briefings.

  • Serves a key integration management and project execution role in ensuring that the Laboratory is available to support the Hanford cleanup mission. Employs experienced vision to execute appropriate improvements and upgrades needed for ongoing and sustained safe, compliant, and efficient operation of the Laboratory. Assembles and leads cross-discipline teams.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in related field (Project Management, Construction Management, Engineering, or other project related discipline) and 20 or more years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and education.

  • Proven experience integrating company goals and commitments and developing execution plans that align with the Performance Evaluation Management Plan (PEMP) and Earned Value Management System (EVMS) rules of performance.

  • Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to clearly, concisely, and comprehensively communicate, both orally and in written material, with a diverse group of people including field personnel, peers, management, subject matter experts, customers, regulators, and stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing a portfolio of DOE order 413.3 projects, with project tracking, variance reporting, change control, and integration with Contract baseline.

  • Must be versed in strategic and tactical planning; preparing and implementing action plans; motivating diverse groups of people; understanding and meeting or exceeding management, customer, and stakeholder expectations; analyzing and resolving complex technical and management problems; identifying trends and needed process improvements. Must understand how to effectively implement significant changes to facility equipment and administrative processes. Must understand application of risk and resource management techniques.

  • 15+ years of nuclear facility experience. 5+ years of experience with project portfolio management.

  • Project Portfolio development of Corrective Maintenance and Facility Improvement projects including expense corrective maintenance projects, General Plant Projects (GPPs) and Capital Line Item Projects with development of: Project related Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), contract and life cycle schedules and budgets, DOE funding request strategies and scheduling/integration of supporting information into the PMB.

  • Ability to solve emergent and long-term problems immediately and in the long-term. The position requires the ability to analyze a situation, determine the best course of action, assemble the required resources, give direction, and follow through according to applicable policies and procedures. Innovative approaches to problem-solving and seeking continuous improvement is paramount to success in this position.

Due to the nature of the government contract requirements and/or clearances requirements, US citizenship is required.

Navarro is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

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Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Grade 23: $174,488 - $229,663

Grade 24: $200,750 - $264,050

In accordance with the Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc (Navarro) salary determination process, Navarro takes into consideration the level of assigned job duties and responsibilities and the candidate’s education, training, and/or experience relative to internal peers and the external labor market. A candidate's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.


Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; vacation/sick/holiday pay.

*Based on eligibility rules