Design Authority Project Account Engineer

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TITLE: Design Authority Project Account Engineer


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Design Authority Project Account Engineer

The Design Authority Project Account Engineer (PAE) reports to the Natrium Engineering Process Manager and is given responsibility and authority for the performance management of selected control accounts within the Design Authority organization, and for planning and managing performance of the resources authorized to accomplish such work. The PAE is a project management-oriented role focusing on project performance management. PAE responsibilities include schedule planning and status, cost planning and management, measurement of accomplishment, actual cost collection, variance analysis and resultant corrective action, estimating costs at completion, and risk management. The PAE manages at the control account point where technical scope, schedule, and budget are integrated.


  • Responsibility for Cost Account Performance Management, including:
    • Statusing of schedule activities, including soliciting inputs from engineering staff.
    • Monitor team performance against the schedule baseline, provide feedback to management, develop plans address areas of underperformance and recovery.
    • Monitor and analyze cost and schedule variances using the EV data recorded, actual costs, and IMCS data compared to the time-phased budget.
    • Identify and manage trends, provide input to the trend register and serve as the group representative in the trend register meetings.
    • Identify, assess, and monitor risks and ensure effective mitigations are established and incorporated into the schedule.
  • Assists Senior Manager(s) in reviewing and approving assignments and commitments involving the control account, including:
    • Work with the engineering leads to develop planning inputs and schedules
    • Organize and conduct management reviews of plans/proposed schedules on a regular cadence.
    • Monitor and analyze outstanding (external) commitments within the assigned control accounts.
    • Ensure that actual costs are accurately recorded against the proper charge numbers for work performed.
    • Lead/drive the planning process for the work scope within the control account
    • Primary point of contact for interfacing with project controls in the implementation of plans in the IMCS.
  • Be responsible for Control Account Performance, including:
    • Assist to develop staffing/resource plans, and maintain and adjust the schedule to be resource leveled.
    • Assist to establish performance metrics, and conduct regular performance reviews with the Senior Manager(s).
    • Communicates opportunities for improvement to the senior Business Manager and assists in gaining buy-in from relevant stakeholders.
    • Collaborates with the activity owners to identify opportunities for improving the efficiency and quality of the status updates.
    • Interface with PAE colleagues to optimize relevant project wide processes.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in engineering, business, or related field.
  • Demonstrated project management skills (3+ years) in large scale engineering projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to create schedules, review and assess schedules, and track schedule adherence.
  • Experience in the Nuclear or other highly regulated industry is a plus.
  • Experience with Primavera P6 Schedule, Jira, Confluence, and/or similar software is a plus.
  • Detail and process-oriented outlook.
  • Effective communication, coupled with the ability to motivate others, will be critical for the success of this role.
  • Ability to deliver results while managing competing objectives and resource constraints, with ability to resolve conflicts between objectives.
  • Ability to work on tasks that require multi-disciplinary/cross-functional cooperation.

Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day
  • Travel required: 0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

Job details

Salary Range Level 11: $120,672 - $201,119

  • Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual’s qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Competitive Compensation
  • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments
  • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits
    • Medical
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Life
    • Life and Disability
    • Gender Affirmation Benefits
    • Parental Leave
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • 21 days of annually accrued PTO
  • Generous Holiday Schedule
    • 10 paid holidays
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities
  • Flexible Work Schedule

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