Project Manager- Mechanical Projects
# of Openings:
PPPL invites applications for the position
of NSTX-U Recovery Project Manager – Mechanical Projects. This will
be a project manager running field projects tailored to high tech
design and construction on various PPPL scientific fusion energy
research machines and devices.
This not a position for IT related project
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. The Recovery
Project includes a portfolio of subordinate mechanical projects
consisting of alterations or improvements to tokamak vacuum vessel
internals, and mechanical systems and equipment needed to meet
PPPL’s research objectives.
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 Project Manager comprehensively owns
full life-cycle delivery (i.e., design, procurement, fabrication
and testing) of assigned projects including the timely mitigation
of risks and resolution of emergent issues, and ensures the work is
completed on time, within budget and in accordance with applicable
Laboratory policies and procedures. Executing this work safely and
with appropriate quality is paramount.
Education and Experience:
- Collaborates with PPPL Engineering and other stakeholders
(Research and DOE) to define and clearly articulate the scope and
requirements for assigned projects.
- Develops complete and credible project plans including define
scope, schedule and cost estimates, procurement plan(s) informed by
risk and uncertainty, and works with the Recovery team to fully
integrate these plans in the project baseline.
- Identifies PPPL and subcontractor staff as well as other
resource requirements; takes action to secure their timely
acquisition in concert with project needs.
- Safely achieves project requirements on time and on budget
including DOE Notable Outcomes, milestones, performance and
technical requirements, and key performance parameters.
- Oversees and manages all aspects of project execution including
safety, risk, scope, schedule, cost, and change control and
provides feedback to project team members.
- Actively tracks and reports progress against a baseline budget
- Utilizes PPPL risk management tools to actively monitor and
manage risks and implements mitigations.
- With support from Project Controls staff, implements PPPL
earned value management (EVMS) tools to track and report progress
against the schedule and cost baseline and takes timely action to
remedy issues and adverse trends, when needed.
- Issues timely and accurate project reports and communicates
project performance to identified stakeholders.
- Oversees and manages project closeout including turnover to end
users/operations and the disposition of documents and records.
- Conducts critiques and documents lessons learned that can be
applied to future PPPL projects and operations.
Bachelor's degree in
Mechanical Engineering is required
10+ year experience
managing projects involving technically complex mechanical systems
or components in demanding industrial settings (e.g., DOE Office of
Science research laboratories, chemical processing, commercial
nuclear, or power generation/oil/gas industries). This experience
must include ownership and accountability for full project
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience working and managing effectively in a highly
- Working knowledge and experience with project management
systems including project planning/work breakdown system
architecture, scheduling and cost estimating principles and
systems, earned value management, risk management, labor resource
loading and management and project reporting.
- Experience in managing multiple vendors, contract management,
change control, and supply chain.
Certificates and Licenses:
- Strong leadership and supervisory skills.
- Demonstrated team building skills, including the ability to
work effectively with peers, other organizations, project sponsors,
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.
- Experience with Primavera scheduling software, or
- Demonstrated ability to promptly adapt to emergent project
completion and performance barriers.
- 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.