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HFIR Plant Manager

Date: Apr 27, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7714 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Plant Manager who is highly motivated to support all aspects of operations and maintenance at the HFIR, in the Research Reactors Division in the Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   This leader should also be comfortable working in a team environment, with collaboration at all levels, disciplines, and diverse cultural backgrounds, both inside and outside the organization.


The successful candidate should have a strong technical background in nuclear safety, as well as a background of DOE nuclear reactors.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure that HFIR and Cold Source operations and maintenance are performed in accordance with the HFIR Technical Safety Requirements.
  • Ensure that HFIR Operations, Maintenance, and Scheduling support the RRD mission and implement the RRD management plan through appropriate organization, planning, and execution for both reactor and complex facility scope.
  • Ensure that RRD continues to be a self-identifying/self-correcting organization through continuous development and maintenance of improvement agendas in: reactor operations; cold source operations; emergency planning; security; work control; and preventative, predictive and breakdown maintenance and scheduling.
  • Influence all RRD organizations toward improved reactor reliability and risk reduction actions and behaviors through: chairing the Plant Health Committee, chairing the Plant Operations Review Committee, plant activities scheduling, maintenance, budget management, process management, use of human performance improvement tools, and management observations/feedback.
  • Ensure that the RRD management plan and mission are reflected in the resources allocated within the RRD Integrated Work Plan (IWP) and Three-Year Plan.
  • Recruit, evaluate, train, and staff the HFIR operations, maintenance and scheduling groups to meet the RRD management plan and mission.
  • Internalize, model, and communicate the organizational values, behaviors, and attributes necessary to establish a strong nuclear safety culture and operational excellence.
  • Communicate effectively both internally and externally in accordance with the RRD communication plan.
  • Participate in critiques.
  • Participate in routine discussions with DOE leadership.
  • Ensure performance metrics are assessed for HFIR operations and maintenance and that these metrics are communicated to staff, line management, and DOE.
  • Ensure that assessment and feedback input are adequately incorporated into operations, maintenance, and scheduling systems and processes.
  • Manage RRD Standards Based Management System program, including requirements for DOE Readiness Reviews, as applicable to startup activities and non-routine operations.
  • Act as the HFIR Emergency Director upon initiation of events.
  • Participate in scenarios, drills, and exercises. Evaluate the HFIR staff response and make adjustments to procedures and processes, as required.
  • Represent HFIR professionally to external organizations, such as: HFIR user community, corporate leadership and partners, DOE, research reactor community, university, and scientific community, and to the general public.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or relevant technical field 
  • A minimum of 12 years nuclear experience
  • A minimum of 4 years supervisory or management experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Q 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. 
  • Work will involve various physical requirements and certain working conditions and as such a post offer, pre-hire physical will be required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hold, or have held, a senior reactor operator certification for a similar Category A reactor plant (or equivalent) or have been certified at the appropriate simulator.
  • A minimum of 6 months on site
  • Qualified Senior Reactor Operator at HFIR


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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.

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