Chief Operating Officer for the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.
The ORNL Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD) seeks to hire a Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting to the FFESD Associate Laboratory Director (ALD). The COO provides operational leadership and direction needed to support the ALD in meeting the directorates objectives while maintaining excellence in research operations. The COO is the senior operations leader within the FFESD, holding the authority to represent the ALD on all operational matters. From this position, the COO will establish expectations, provide mentoring and support, and hold line managers accountable for continuous improvement in operational performance including areas such as conduct of operations; operational culture and accountability; project management; configuration management; compliance; security; quality assurance; and environment, safety and health.
By being responsible for driving these continuous improvements, the COO will ensure that programmatic goals are delivered, while operating the facilities effectively, efficiently, reliably and in full compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and client expectations. The COO performs a key role in the Contractor Assurance System by ensuring that FFESD and Laboratory performance is understood and that risks are properly identified, effectively managed, and appropriately mitigated.
The COO, with the support of the Directorate leadership team, will lead the development and execution of new initiatives to improve operational performance and reliability, facilitate management of operational events, and integrate the Safe Conduct of Research principles into the organizational culture and operations.
- Enable and support Directorate staff to ensure safe operations and programmatic performance
- Establish expectations, provide mentoring and support, and hold line managers personally accountable for continuous improvements in operational performance of directorate.
- Strengthen operational excellence by driving improvements in operations; culture and accountability; configuration management; compliance; security; quality assurance; and environment, safety, and health.
- Ensure that work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures, while incorporating the Safe Conduct of Research principles into organizational culture and operations.
- Support diversity of perspective and an empowering culture.
- Ensure directorate has the appropriate capabilities to enable scientific mission. This includes supporting the ALD in planning (strategic objectives, business, and facility) necessary to meet current and future mission needs and growth.
- Ensure that risks are properly identified, effectively managed, and appropriately mitigated.
- Lead directorate efforts to attract, recruit, and develop a diverse talent pool to advance laboratory missions.
- In partnership with other directorate COOs, work with management system owners to ensure that ORNL processes and operational practices support R&D missions efficiently and effectively.
- Facilitate resolution of operational issues within the directorate through the laboratory's issues management process, including critiques, investigations, causal analysis, extent of condition reviews, corrective action development, and effectiveness reviews, as appropriate.
- Work with FFESD leadership to develop and manage metrics, monitoring programs, key performance indicators, and assessment programs to ensure that directorate goals are attained.
- Facilitate resolution of operational issues through the ORNL Issues Management process including critiques, extent of condition reviews, corrective action development and the evaluation of their effectiveness.
- In partnership with other directorate COOs, work with ORNL Management System Owners to ensure that ORNL processes and operational practices enable the most efficient and effective support of ORNL R&D missions.
- Serve as a delegate for the FFESD ALD in ORNL business and operational processes as directed.
- Provide directorate-level leadership for the FFESD Educational Outreach Program to attract and recruit a diverse talent pool to advance our missions.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in a scientific or engineering discipline with at least 10+ years of experience in a scientific or R&D related organization. 3-5 years of management experience.
- Experience in effectively managing operational teams to support cutting-edge R&D
- Experience with radiological facility operations and regulatory requirements
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively interact with a wide range of stakeholders and partners
- Demonstrated project management skills
- Demonstrated record of supporting the professional development of staff
- Demonstrated experience working with DOE, national laboratories, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the nuclear industry
- Familiarity with DOE regulations
- Familiarity with ORNL processes and procedures
Special Requirements: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.
Relocation: Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.
If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
Location/Region: Oak Ridge, LA (71264)