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Nuclear Quality Representative

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9099 


The Performance Analysis & Quality Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified applicants for a Nuclear Quality Representative (NQR). The NQR works with internal and external customers and other quality professionals to provide quality assurance support for the development of quality management systems, project/process improvements, strategic planning and performance metrics, and other quality-related initiatives to support nuclear operations. This position will support the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD) and focus on supplying independent quality assurance support to the Pu-238 Supply Program, a program with truly a historic enabling impact for NASA’s deep space and planetary exploration missions. The position encompasses a wide range of quality oversight, review, verification and validation of internal and external systems, items, and components.


ORNL 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. Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum 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.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Provide quality assurance support for safe and compliant operations to NQA-1 quality requirements and the implementation of a graded approach.
  • Assemble and assess fabrication and testing documentation, including documentation associated with component and experiment fabrication.
  • Assist in the development of fabrication and inspection plans and establishment of quality hold points.
  • Provide quality tools for various tasks, projects, procurements, work evolutions; provides assessments of work in progress, including document reviews against specifications.
  • Plan and perform assessments to evaluate the health of the overall quality program, as requested.
  • Review actions associated with assessment findings and opportunities for improvement to ensure objective evidence is sufficient to support closure.
  • Identify and/or solve problems, assessing needs to achieve desired business results.
  • Develop project plans, checklists, procedures, and guidance for efficient and effective deployment of management systems and organizations supported.
  • Operate and communicate effectively and efficiently with all levels of management on quality issues.
  • Review procurement specifications, design drawings and specifications, fabrication procedures, maintenance work packages, and other documents for incorporation of appropriate quality controls.
  • Perform supplier evaluations and serve as Lead NQA-1 auditor as needed (travel may be required).
  • Provide supplier oversight and inspection of fabricated items and assemblies to ensure conformance with established performance criteria, including NQA-1.
  • Conduct material receiving inspection and commercial grade dedication on safety related and non-safety related materials.
  • Assist in implementation of nonconformance processing.
  • Conduct independent reviews of revisions, updates and modifications involving Software Quality Assurance requirements.
  • Provide support for event critiques and causal analysis, including determination of preventive and/or corrective actions.
  • Establish relationships and work effectively with both external and internal customers to meet goals and assess customer satisfaction.
  • Identify and understand customer needs while influencing the prioritization and development of quality initiatives.
  • Build and develop strong relationships with peers and others to exchange feedback on issues and concerns.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in science, engineering, or a related field.
  • A minimum of eight years of nuclear-related quality assurance experience.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • A working knowledge of recognized Quality Standards such as NQA-1 and quality concepts.
  • Must be able to qualify as radiological worker.
  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to read and interpret design drawings.
  • Experience in providing oversight and inspection of fabricated items and assemblies.
  • Lead Auditor or assessor 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 may require some level of travel.


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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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.

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