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Section Head, Asset Management

Date: Sep 17, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8859 


ORNL is investing in our nuclear facilities to ensure the directorate goals are met and strategies are executed. To support and protect our assets we are hiring Section Head, Asset Management to lead the development and implementation of best practices and standards on maintaining and improving equipment reliability, decreasing downtime, and improving the overall manufacturing output and isotope research capabilities.  In this role you will have strong partnership with directorate leadership, engineering, and operations teams to ensure equipment is operating at optimal performance and creating a culture of continuous improvement. A successful candidate in this senior role will utilize specialized knowledge in asset lifecycle management and equipment reliability methodologies.  The candidate will have a significant track record in implementing asset management programs and deep knowledge in reliability engineering.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partner with directorate leadership, isotope manufacturing, R&D, maintenance teams and engineering to ensure equipment improvements are achieved through standardized asset management programs and techniques
  • Develop best practices and methods to improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Provide roadmap and strategies to move the organization forward through an Asset Management maturation process
  • Establish KPI system to monitor and identify improvements in reliability, costs, regulatory compliance, and asset availability
  • Promote a culture of reliability across all levels of the organization through training and setting the example. Develop a reliability engineering function focused on continuous improvement.
  • Lead the Asset Management team including talent acquisition, performance, development, succession planning and recognition
  • Identify, influence and support improvements that result in stable, reliable, efficient operations.  Communicate reliability risk to partners.  Educate partners on reliability principles and maintenance data
  • Develop and monitor multi-year improvement plan, by site, based on formal assessments of current state, prioritized by divisional strategic priorities
  • Lead capital program planning and execution for infrastructure and equipment replacement, and new technology adoption and integration


Basic Qualifications

  • BS: 12+ Years of relevant experience. MS: 10+ Years of relevant experience.  PhD: 7+ Years of relevant experience. Or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in a related technical field. 
  • Strong ability to lead and drive cultural change across an organization
  • High familiarity with the ISO 55000 series of International Standards for Asset Management


Preferred Qualifications

  • Recognized industry certification such as CMRP, CRL, CFM
  • Experience in maintaining assets in a nuclear facility and familiarity with Directive DOE433.1B
  • Direct leadership of one or more full cycle asset management program implementations
  • Proficiency in continuous improvement tools and methods such as Lean and Six Sigma.  Certifications are a desirable.

Special Requirements:

Q or L clearance: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy.  However, all qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. 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.


About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate 
is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

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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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