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US ITER Assistant Project Manager

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5815 


The US ITER Assistant Project Manager supports the US ITER Project Manager to lead the multi-billion dollar US ITER project ( to success. US ITER is a multi-laboratory (ORNL, PPPL and SRNL) DOE/SC Major Item of Equipment project that integrates with the ITER Organization and the ITER teams in other countries to design and fabricate large high-tech hardware to enable the international ITER project ( to achieve its mission of demonstrating the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes. The US is one of 7 governmental partners (China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, the Russian Federation and the US) to design, fabricate, assemble, commission, and operate ITER, which is being constructed in southern France.


The US ITER Assistant Project Manager supports the Project Manager in providing leadership, guidance and oversight to project and staff management functions of the U.S. ITER Project, with emphasis on ensuring that the project’s technical, budget and schedule performance objectives are achieved in a safe and environmentally compliant manner. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:  

• Partner with the US ITER Project Manager in leading the US ITER team; serve as the Project Manager’s designated alternate as needed.

• Support the attainment of US ITER project cost, scope and schedule objectives in a safe, cost-effective manner consistent with the ITER Organization needs and requirements, subject to the availability of funds.

• Work with the Project Manager to develop, implement and ensure integrated effectiveness of all aspects of US ITER project management, including: 

  • Project planning, scheduling and budgeting;
  • Project management controls, information and reporting systems, including earned value, risk management, baseline management;
  • Environmental, Safety and Health as well as Quality Assurance programs;
  • Oversight assistance of the US ITER and International Organization Support budgets (approximately $200M/year);
  • Interface with DOE, ITER international partners, and WBS managers as directed by the project manager in all project management matters.

• Support the coordination and communication of accurate and reliable project status and performance information and issues to senior DOE staff including the DOE/SC Fusion Energy Sciences, US ITER Federal Project Director (FPD) and other Oak Ridge DOE staff, DOE/SC Office of Project Assessment performance review teams, and ORNL senior management.

• Assist in developing and implementing annual project budgets and work plans and control U.S. ITER Project work within the approved cost and schedule baselines, subject to the availability of funds.

• Proactively identify and mitigate critical issues and risks that could impact project performance.

• Ensure effective project procedures, policies and plans.

• Work closely with the International Organization management and staff to develop supportive project management relationships and processes.

• Support the coordination and implementation of appropriate export control policies and procedures for US scope, including for sensitive countries when applicable.


Basic Qualifications:

• Technical Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of experience or equivalent combination of education and appropriate experience.

• Certificate in Project Management

• Proven successful management of medium to large, complex, scientific/technical projects simultaneously. 

• Proven ability to work productively with highly-skilled scientists, engineers, and project management professionals

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner.

• Experience with alternate contracting vehicles and selection methods and processes.

  •  Ability to organize necessary resources, including people, tools and time to meet tight deadlines and achieve desired results

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and strong computer skills with a variety of software packages

• Must be available for international travel sometimes work outside normal schedule due to time differences with the international project.


Preferred Qualifications: 

• Advanced degree in Science, Engineering, or other related scientific/technological field and 12+ years of experience.

• Experience with DOE projects, especially DOE Office of Science projects 

• Experience with fusion science and technology


Work Direction and Interfaces: 

• Reports to the US ITER Project Manager and works with US ITER Project Leadership Team.  

• Interfaces with DOE HQ, ITER IO, FPD, other Oak Ridge DOE staff, and Office of Fusion Energy Science (OFES) Program Office.


Measures of Effectiveness:

• DOE Reviews are successful with prior Review findings addressed.

• Project remains within TPC and on schedule, maintaining adequate contingency account, consistent with the approved baseline budget profile subject to the availability of funds.


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