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Senior Project Manager

Date: Dec 3, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8745 


We are seeking a Senior Project Manager (PM) who will focus on managing design and construction projects from conception to turn over to operations. The PM leads project teams to successful project completion. The PM develops project definition and scope, methods of accomplishment and project schedule and cost baselines. Baselines include establishment of work activities, milestones and task schedules. PM reports project status and meets with ORNL senior management, DOE, and the ORNL customer. This position resides in the Laboratory Modernization Division, Facilities and Operations Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As part of our team, you will…


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Promote and lead construction site safety
  • Bring standard commercial best practices and lean construction techniques to government projects
  • Be proficient in reading plans and specifications, and contributing to their development
  • Possess a solid knowledge of PM best practices
  • Coordinate activities among design groups and construction subcontractors to achieve overall objectives
  • Review and approve design documents, change orders, material requisitions and specifications for construction or procurement use
  • Monitor project budget, schedule, scope and risk and provide transparency to the customer
  • Follow UT-B project procedures
  • Manage contingency, change orders, and contractor claims
  • Maintain effective communication with the team, the customer and other stakeholders
  • Resolve problems and conflicts within the project and the project team
  • Conduct periodic project and customer meetings to promote and facilitate communication, review progress and performance, discuss issues and facilitate problem resolution.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or construction management or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience supporting and managing design and construction projects.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Management Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute preferable
  • Experience required across the full project life-cycle (initiation, planning, design, construction and startup/commissioning of projects)
  • Field management and oversight experience constructing new buildings is preferred
  • Must be familiar with construction safety standards and their practical application in the field
  • Ability to prepare and provide presentations to senior management
  • Ability to lead and develop multidisciplinary teams (including engineers, R&D researchers, DOE partners, construction contractors, etc.) in integrated project team delivery settings
  • Must understand risk management and its practical application to projects
  • Experience managing DOE Line-Item projects
  • DOE security clearance (L or Q) is preferred
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills
  • 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 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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