Project Manager-Balance of Plant
# of Openings:
PPPL invites applications for the position
of Project Manager – Balance of Plant, in support of the NSTX-U
Project and Operations teams.
The NSTX-U Recovery project is working to
complete a major upgrade of PPPL’s National Spherical Torus
eXperiment (NSTX) fusion device located in Princeton New Jersey.
The upgrade, when completed, will allow for a broader range of
fusion science experiments, with the goal to ultimately achieve
fusion as an economically viable clean energy source. One of the
key work scopes to ensure readiness for operations is the
Maintenance and Run Prep (M&RP) for the existing Balance of
Plant, including high power neutral particle beam systems, 1000MVA
class motor generators, cryogenic fluid systems, water systems,
instrumentation and control systems, and high voltage and high
current AC and DC electrical systems.
A proud U.S. Department of Energy National
Laboratory managed by Princeton University, Princeton Plasma
Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a longstanding leader in the science
and innovation behind the development of fusion energy — a clean,
safe, and virtually limitless energy source. With an eye on the
future and in response to national priorities, PPPL also has begun
a strategic shift from a singular focus on fusion energy to a
multi-focus approach that includes microelectronics, quantum
information science, and sustainability science. Whether it be
through science, engineering, technology or professional services,
every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our
world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety
of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We
are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and
believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific
mission in their own unique way. Come join us!
The M&RP Project Manager is responsible
for ensuring that the Balance of Plant is appropriately maintained,
upgraded, and tested to ensure readiness for operations when the
NSTX-U fusion facility is ready to commission.
The Balance of Plant generally refers to
systems outside the NSTX-U core. These systems including the
neutral particle beam systems, motor generator generators,
cryogenic systems, water systems, instrumentation and control
systems, and high voltage and high current electrical systems.
Readiness for operations will include maintenance of legacy systems
(planned and unplanned), equipment upgrades, and obsolescence
Responsibilities include overall management
and scope definition (in collaboration with Engineering
Leadership), budget and schedule development, execution,
documentation, cost and schedule tracking, and regular reporting.
Executing this work safely and with appropriate quality is
Education and Experience:
- In conjunction with the Project Director, collaborates with
PPPL Engineering and other stakeholders to define and clearly
articulate the scope of the maintenance and upgrade activities
necessary to support operations.
- Identifies and prioritizes other optional work efforts based on
cost/benefit analysis or other prioritization methods.
- Establishes and achieves stakeholder alignment on a
method/model for governance and oversight, recognizing that the
total scope includes both project and programmatic scopes.
- Develops a credible budget and schedule including consideration
for risk and uncertainty.
- Safely achieves project requirements on time and on budget
including DOE Notable Outcomes, milestones, performance and
technical requirements, and key performance parameters.
- Coordinates with Environmental Safety and Health leadership to
ensure quality standards are maintained in execution of project
- Identifies PPPL staff and other resource and service
requirements and takes action to secure their timely
acquisition/procurement in concert with project/program needs.
- Provides project direction, oversight and feedback to assigned
- Oversees and manages all aspects of project execution including
safety, risk, scope, cost and schedule and change control.
- Actively tracks and reports progress against a baseline budget
- Utilizes PPPL risk management tools (e.g. Risk Register) to
actively monitor and manage risks, and implement mitigations.
- With support from Project Controls staff, defines appropriate
KPIs and metrics for measuring progress and identifying issues (may
include SPI, CPI, schedule float, % complete, or other); utilizes
KPIs and metrics to identify project issues and adverse trends, and
implements timely and effective recovery plan(s), when needed.
- Issues timely and accurate project reports and communicates
project performance to PPPL and DOE stakeholders.
- Oversees and manages project closeout including turnover to end
user/operations and disposition of documents and records.
- Conducts critiques and documents lessons learned that can be
applied to future PPPL projects and operations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related discipline (Major
in Engineering, Project Management, Computer Science, or Physics)
- Prior work experience in industrial settings such as
manufacturing, chemical processing, oil & gas, or nuclear.
- Experience working effectively in a highly matrixed
- Working knowledge of earned value management systems (EVMS) and
- Project management or project control experience working with
Work Breakdown Structures (WBS).
- Experience in managing multiple vendors, contract management,
change control, and supply chain.
- Experience with monthly cost, schedule, and status
- Experience implementing risk management processes.
Certificates and Licenses:
- Strong leadership and supervisory skills.
- Demonstrated team building skills, including the ability to
work effectively with peers, other organizations, project sponsors
and stakeholders and suppliers.
- Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to conduct
risk analysis and to make timely, risk informed decisions.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a broad range of work activities
and technical disciplines involving a diverse spectrum of
professional and non-professional personnel.
- Superior communication and presentation skills to provide
adequate levels of transparency to all members of the project team
- Excellent Computer skills (PC/Mac).
- Proficient knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite including
Word, PowerPoint, Excel using advanced excel functions.
- Proficient with the Google Suite including Google Slides,
Google Docs/Google Sheets.
- Familiarity with Primavera scheduling software, or
- Demonstrated knowledge of work breakdown structure (WBS),
sequencing, resource loading and other cost/schedule control.
- Ability to adapt to external project impacts.
- Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
- Professional Engineer Certification desired.
- Capable of climbing ladders and working at heights from
scaffolding, platforms and powered aerial lifts.
- Able to stand for long periods of time and walk around the
facility (approximately a few miles per day).
- Must be capable of accessing all work areas to physically view
work practices and conduct inspections. This will involve bending,
climbing, and kneeling.
- Must be able to periodically lift up to 25 lbs and wear a
variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Work is primarily full time on-site, with occasional (<10%)
domestic travel as required.
Princeton University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, national origin, disability status,
protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE
employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign
government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are
required to disclose any participation in a foreign government
talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from
such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.