Technical Project Manager - Cybersecurity Research

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Technical Project Manager - Cybersecurity Research
CO - Golden
Position Type
Hours Per Week
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Job Description
NREL is seeking a Technical Project Manager to support major programs led by the Energy Security and Security Center (ESRC). This individual will provide project management leadership and coordination to efforts of significant scale and complexity. Responsibilities are expected to include: track and optimize staff and project planning; provide technical progress tracking and coordination across tasks and interdependent projects; facilitate the optimal use and leveraging of discretionary resources; develop project management resources for Department of Energy Annual Operating Plan (AOP), Technology Partnership Projects (TPP), and other lab initiatives; provide proactive support and summary tracking for research proposals; and continue to improve processes for information sharing and coordination for staff and project planning with other Centers across the Laboratory. The primary objective of these tasks and this role is to increase the efficiency and impact of ESRC’s operational tools and strategies and to advance ESRC’s long term mission and growth objectives.
This position will work closely with ESRC line managers, business managers, financial analysts, project controllers, business development leads, and cybersecurity research staff. The successful candidate will use knowledge and experience to develop and maintain a dynamic, multi-year portfolio funding plan by funding source to ensure the most efficient and effective use of available funding. Close coordination with peer management and program leads—particularly in ESIF, ARIES, IESS, and Information Security—is required to ensure alignment with parallel efforts. Develop and maintain project control documents, and coordinate between multiple funding sources and multiple internal performers/task leads. Support development and implementation of technical processes such as change control management. Most importantly, the successful candidate will be driven by a passion to make a positive impact on sustainability, resilience, and security of our nation’s future energy system!
Job duties and responsibilities may require:
  • Tracking project performance to include funding and milestones
  • Leading small project teams
  • Organizing mission priorities across portfolio of projects
  • Evaluating cybersecurity research groups' workforce and resource needs
  • Tracking technical progress, financial costing and funds-in
  • Monitoring and maintaining approval and publication processes for research publications
  • Preparing progress reports and presentations incorporating summaries of project progress, issues, and mitigations using verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in project/portfolio management
  • Occasional travel (less than 10%) may be required
Basic Qualifications
This role can be filled at a level III or IV.

Level IV:
Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Expert understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Expert knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. Outstanding interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.

Level III:
Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Experience with standard project management practices including project plan development and control, scope management, project scheduling, cost estimation and management, quality assurance, resource management, communications planning and management, risk and opportunity management, and procurement management.
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal, written, and technical communications as well as interpersonal skills
  • Expertise in tools and applications commonly employed in project management activities.
  • Strong financial analysis experience (PM 4)
  • Expertise in project management and financial tools such as MS Excel, Power BI, Oracle, Salesforce, or equivalent. (PM 4)
  • Considerable knowledge of project management, principles, procedures, and practices.
  • Strong leadership, project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with various computer software programs, including MS Excel and Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with scheduling best practices, including work breakdown structure development, schedule logic and dependencies and change control.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and communicate across project controls and business disciplines.
  • Experience operating in a highly dynamic business environment. (PM 4)
  • Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE (L or Q) security clearance and SCI access. SCI access may require a polygraph examination. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with DOE and/or other federal agencies.
  • Basic or higher understanding of Federal budget/finance process
  • Experience supporting proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements.
  • Interest/experience in energy systems and/or cybersecurity.
  • Familiarity with national laboratory environments.
  • Experience interfacing with enterprise-wide software applications.
  • Existing security clearance
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Project Manager IV / Annual Salary Range: $93,100 - $167,600
Job Profile: Project Manager III / Annual Salary Range: $77,600 - $139,700
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Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.
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