I&C System Design Manager

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TITLE: I&C System Design Manager


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.

I&C System Design Manager

The Instrument and Control/Electrical (ICE) organization within TerraPower, LLC; is seeking a highly motivated I&C System Design Manager to focus on system design, vendor oversight and licensing support. In this role, you will act as a system design and development manager for I&C system design on the Natrium Demonstration Nuclear Plant.

Your role will include interfacing with a team of scientists, engineers, and contractors, both internal and external to TerraPower. You will identify key risks and provide innovative solutions to solving the challenges related to developing first of a kind Natrium nuclear power plants.


  • Maintains a positive work atmosphere and inclusive company culture.
  • Management of a Natrium I&C Systems team, including budgeting, staffing, planning, and monitoring design development progress
  • Review I&C system design work documents covering logic diagrams, system architectures, design base documents, equipment specifications, and other system design documents for Natrium nuclear demo plant.
  • Maintain and drive the system design schedule aligned with overall Natrum plant design and licensing plan, establishing the logic ties with interfacing system activities and licensing tasks.
  • Perform one-on-one meetings with I&C team members on weekly basis.
  • Identify critical high-risk areas and initiate proactive measures to prevent potential project delay.
  • Review and approve engineering deliverables from other engineering organizations, partners, and vendors.
  • Perform semi-annual and annual performance review for each team member.
  • Organize weekly team meetings for task progress status, project update, interface work tracing, future actions.
  • Provide weekly summary reports to senior management about critical task progress, potential delays, challenges, resource needs etc.
  • Develop test requirements, plans and procedures for testing activities for unique components in a high temperature environment.
  • Support continuous learning and application of nuclear industry best practices in order to maintain the highest quality of engineering design and proactively identify process change/enhancement opportunities.
  • Interface and management of subcontractors, vendors and partners providing direction and assimilating their work.

Key Qualifications & Skills

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant engineering experience in industrial I&C system design is required.
  • A minimum of (5) years of proven leadership experience required.
  • Proven experience interfacing with Nuclear Regulatory Commission or other regulatory body preferred.
  • A minimum of (5) years commercial nuclear power experience or other highly regulated related industry preferred.
  • An engineering degree or equivalent experience a plus but not required.
  • Engineering program management experience is desirable.
  • Familiarity with I&C related industrial codes, standards and regulations, especially NRC DRG 2021, NEI 18-04, IEEE 7-4.3.2, IEEE 1012 (2016), NUREG 0711 .
  • Experience with distributed control system (DCS).
  • Experience with control system hardware e.g., controller, power supplies, and I/O’s
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills, creative thinker, and organized.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks concurrently during a given work week.
  • Ability to handle projects that include multiple objectives and ability to resolve conflicts between objectives.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently to solve challenging problems and provide recommendations in a timely manner.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trustworthiness and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

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 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, standing and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day
  • Travel required 0-25% (inter-office travel, locally, national and international)

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 13: $187,088 - $268,939

  • 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

TerraPower Career and Benefits information: https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply