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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Principal Operations & Risk Manager in Richland, Washington

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.


The OSD directorate supports excellence in management and operations by delivering capabilities in key areas. The OSD team includes approximately 675 staff, including bargaining unit staff; more than $170 million in annual budget authority; approximately 200 regulatory program areas; and a Facility and Infrastructure Project Portfolio that ranges between $50M and $100M annually. The divisions of OSD include Campus Development; Facilities and Infrastructure Operations; and Environmental, Health, Safety and Security.


This is an extraordinary opportunity to provide visionary leadership for a national priority. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Principal Operations and Risk Manager within the Operational Services Directorate (OSD). This key senior leadership position leads OSD as well as the broader Laboratory in emerging operations vital to achieving our scientific mission. We strive to simplify the way we work, and to provide our staff members with the safest workplace, the most modern systems and tools, and the maximum time and resources to perform research.

This position reports to the OSD COO and plays a critical role to assure PNNL’s and OSD’s success for identifying and managing emerging risks including development and implementation of mitigation strategies. This is accomplished by working across divisions within and outside OSD to create strategic solutions in alignment with the overall PNNL mission. This is position also is expected to have the capability to be a succession candidate for the OSD COO and/or the Associate Lab Director. Specific key areas of responsibility include:

  • Management of PNNL initiatives, which dependent on the specific assignment, could include impact operation of radiological, office/support, and state of the art research facilities encompassing PNNL’s >2.2M sq/ft as well as site infrastructure encompassing roads, utilities, and >800 acres of stewarded property (located in Richland, WA and several satellite campus locations).

  • Chair the PNNL Process Safety Board with the objective of identifying PNNL projects requiring a process safety approach in support of safe, compliant, and efficient performance and operations.

  • Management of operational risk by translating Laboratory requirements and guidance into the implementation practices necessary to assure efficient and effective execution of mission outcomes.

  • Lead major initiatives across multiple disciplines to ensure successful implementation that align with and support the OSD and PNNL mission.

  • Serve as the main contact for OSD IT systems and provide leadership in development of IT priorities for OSD. Interface with PNNL IT to secure the resources (staff and funding) needed to address IT priorities.

  • Provide independent operational expertise across each of the three OSD Divisions in support of achieving directorate goals and objectives.

  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration in mutually beneficial ways across PNNL, other Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, and Battelle.

  • Coordinate and support all associated DOE, local municipalities, and other contractor interfaces related to risk and operations of OSD and PNNL.

  • Enable smooth and efficient operations, programs, project execution, and capability development with a day-to-day focus on operational excellence and a long-term focus on aligning organizational capabilities with the future PNNL strategy.

  • Routinely interact with senior management, customer, and executive levels.

  • Coordinate with internal departments in identifying and implementing continuous improvement projects.

  • Serve on both corporate and institutional advisory boards and Communities of Practice.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 15+ years of relevant experience; OR,

  • Master's degree plus 12+ years of relevant experience.

  • Typical related management experience should include, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Required to function with a high level of autonomy to provide leadership for staff at a wide variety of levels including technical, engineering, professional, and management.

  • Demonstrated management experience to include, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes.

  • Ability to consistently work with abstract ideas or situations across all functional areas of the business to assess intangible variables, identifying/evaluating fundamental issues to provide strategy and direction for major functional areas. Demonstrated experience in successfully working on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the organization and external industry trends.

  • Familiarity with DOE National Laboratory operating and reporting requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement an organizational vision and strategy.

  • Demonstrated management skills including meeting financial and operational expectations.

  • Proven ability to translate strategy into implementable actions.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to effectively interface with staff at all levels within and outside the organization.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

  • Position may be subjected to working around radiation, chemicals, asbestos, lasers, carcinogens and other material in a laboratory environment.

  • Position could be required to work in outdoor environments on a year-round basis.

Additional Information

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

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.