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Sr. Director, Advanced Prototyping & Fabrication Programs

Location: Santee
Posted on: November 13, 2021

Job Description:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world's leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

General Atomics (GA) is seeking a Sr. Director, Advanced Prototyping & Fabrication Programs to lead and manage projects supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

This position reports to the Vice President of Inertial Fusion Technology (IFT) at GA. The position will be responsible for developing and managing advanced fabrication capabilities necessary to successfully support NNSA missions. The Sr. Director will assist IFT with broad strategic planning, multi-program work planning, programmatic risk management, and work execution. To accomplish this, the Director will work closely with National Laboratories and Production Agencies, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and Department of Defense (DoD) and their contractors. The Sr. Director will be responsible for working in conjunction with other managers to provide leadership and integration across the larger Energy Group.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct, oversee, and plan the activities to revitalize GA's fabrication facilities and stand up precision machine fabrication, dimensional inspection, welding, assembly, and performance of acceptance testing for classified and unclassified components in support of NNSA missions and customers.
  • Lead the hiring, development, and evaluation of personnel to ensure operational and division requirements are met.
  • Responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating tasks assigned to the group.
  • Provide direction on matters pertaining to the program, projects, and/or designated engineering activities.
  • Develop new programs, including personnel development, within and among disciplines and across the division to move projects forward and continuously improve the organization.
  • Frequent travel to DoD and NNSA locations in support of program development, work execution and review.
  • Expected to become well aware of the depth and breadth of the General Atomics capabilities in order to better represent GA to both internal and external customersLeadership
    • Demonstrated capability in program development, technical and organizational leadership as evidenced by the ability to form, organize, administer, and lead large scientific/engineering projects or teams.
    • Record of commitment to promoting objectives in safety, security, environment, quality, diversity in the workplace, AA/EEO, environment and health and employee development.
    • Well-articulated leadership philosophy/strategy backed by personal examples.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the professional development and mentoring of employees, and competence in leading teams and building rapport with employees, peers, and supervisors.
    • Experience in conflict resolution in the workplace.Strategy & Collaboration
      • Evidence of ability to influence scientific direction at the national level.
      • Demonstrated experience in building collaborative relationships, internally across groups, divisions and directorates, and externally with other laboratories, universities, and industrial partners.
      • Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving
      • Knowledge of internal and external funding agencies (DOE/NNSA, DoD, DHS, etc.), including experience and engagement with programmatic sponsors.
        Job Qualifications:
        Requires a MS or PhD preferred in a physical science or engineering field such as Physics, Shock Physics, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, Engineering, or areas related to support of NNSA missions and customers.Expert-level knowledge of and experience in leadership and management of technical personnel and programs, facility operations including success at line management, program development, advocacy, resource allocation, program execution, and customer relations.A record of successful accomplishments and/or demonstrated technical expertise in two or more of the following: manufacturing, engineering; and/or quality engineering, in support of NNSA's programs. Demonstrated experience in the process required to fabricate and characterize components in support of these activities.A record of successful teamwork and consensus building demonstrated by working across organizational and program boundaries.Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills evidenced by recent management assignments, internal and external interactions, references, and by seminars, briefings, presentations, and publications.Strong background and record of achievement in the physical sciences or engineering, and a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and focus personnel (scientists, engineers, technicians, analysists, managers, etc.) and work with a diverse customer base.Knowledge of systems and processes for classified parts, radioactive materials, precious metals, and chemicals. Demonstrated experience in hazardous & radioactive waste regulations, environmental compliance, and work with beryllium.Moderate Travel: The successful candidate will be required to travel in support of program meetings, reviews and other activities in support of the fielding and execution of manufacturing activitiesApplicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter at the Q clearance level.New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, Santee , Sr. Director, Advanced Prototyping & Fabrication Programs, Executive , Santee, California

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