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Battelle Memorial Institute Labratory Manager in Pueblo, Colorado

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

JOB SUMMARY

The Laboratory Manager is responsible for directing and managing all laboratory operations associated with remaining project phases, operations, and closure at Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP). The Laboratory Manager plans and manages Laboratory activities for the chemical demilitarization operation; establishes priorities; makes specific assignments and ensures compliance with established procedures; and plans, organizes and coordinates laboratory activities by adapting and modifying standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. The Manager communicates and is accountable for a laboratory preventive maintenance program that ensures safe, consistent, and efficient laboratory operations. Additionally, the Manager provides management and oversight of activities in every area of the Laboratory organization required to support plant operational requirements.

The Manager will have Laboratory, Agent Air Monitoring, Environmental and Process Sampling, and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) management responsibility for Battelle’s support to the PCAPP project located on the Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD). Responsible operations span two sites on PCD, the approximately 85-acre Main Plant footprint and the separate Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) location.

Processing explosively configured chemical weapons that are part of a multi-national treaty under international oversight, the program receives extensive local, national, and international attention. Part of Battelle’s role and the focus of this position is to ensure the effectiveness of the technical approaches for analytical monitoring to ensure worker and public safety and the protection of the environment.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Planning, initiating, and managing all Laboratory activities for assigned personnel, including Monitoring, Analytical, LIMS, Sampling, and effective interface with various project departments. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acts as the key relationship manager with the client, other teaming contractors, the government, and oversight agencies for the laboratory. Serves as the intersection of the technical, business, and human resources functions for the laboratory.

  • Plans, initiates, and manages Laboratory activities for approximately 200 personnel, inclusive of approximately 15 managers, operating across four (4) Crews, 24/7/365.

  • Develops laboratory procedures and analytical methods to support the Air Monitoring and Analytical branches throughout the agent destruction Operations phase and Closure. The laboratory is expected to develop and perform laboratory methods with a high level of expertise in support of the project objectives.

  • Success requires the manager routinely demonstrate the creativity and resourcefulness necessary to manage the performance of advanced technologies, scientific principles and concepts required to operate this facility.

  • Manage all aspects of personnel management of Battelle staff, including interviewing, hiring, mentoring, disciplining, and terminating.

  • Develops detailed staffing and hiring requirements to meet the monitoring, analytical, LIMS, and sampling requirements for plant operations.

  • Establishes goals and conduct performance reviews for approximately 5 direct reports and supervision oversight for remaining laboratory staff.

  • Attends Government and Client lab manager’s meetings and incorporates programmatic and site-specific lessons learned from the Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) Monitoring and Environmental Roundtables and ACWA Laboratory Managers Meetings to provide continuous improvements for all laboratory and plant processes. The PCAPP site hosts visitors from the local community, politicians, and government officials from local, state, national and international organizations, as well as regulators from numerous agencies. One key interface is analysis of samples to validate international treaty compliance. These analyses are observed by representatives of the State Department and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

  • Sets managerial direction and is accountable for results and activities relating to the laboratory, including scheduling and quality of service. This individual will be required to address site workers on technical issues as they arise and interface daily with plant operations management on complex issues.

  • Responsible for the execution of approximately $30M of annual business volume (primarily direct labor), schedule and cost according to a validated Earned Value Management system.

  • May act as the Control Account Manager for Laboratory and is responsible for cost, schedule, and scope.

  • Coordinates the review of methods and procedures as required by the permit regarding precision, accuracy, and bias.

  • Supports the PCAPP safety culture and ensures a safe work environment.

THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or an advanced degree in another science area with ten (10) years of direct applicable experience in chemistry laboratory operations, or fifteen years of applicable work experience in the field, is required.

  • Five years of experience managing the operation of an analytical chemistry laboratory is required. Familiarity with Laboratory-type computer operations, programming, and software is required.

  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act is required, with emphasis on hazardous waste treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal regulations.

  • Demonstrated written and oral communications skills that allow effective interaction with top management internally and within client organizations, subcontractors, consultants, and staff externally, is required.

  • A demonstrated knowledge of laboratory and process QA/QC requirements is required.

Additional selection and retention criteria will include:

  • Extensive working knowledge of Battelle policies and procedures is preferred

  • Successfully pass medical screen, including the ability to wear a respirator and other PPE, lift up to 40 lbs.--may involve work in close proximity of toxic chemicals.

  • Must be a US Citizen. The applicant selected will be subject to a national agency check security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements to be placed in a Public Trust Position.

  • Flexibility to respond to urgent project requests and/or changing priorities. This position may be required to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, and on-call.

  • Interact effectively with government and contractor personnel thru written correspondence or verbal communication.

  • PCAPP is subject to Army Regulations (AR50-6 Chemical Surety Program and AR190-59 Unescorted Access Program) which govern persons performing work under the Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (CPRP) and Unescorted Access Program (UAP). Eligibility to be placed in a CPRP or UAP position requires US citizenship. Employees must favorably complete a series of screenings to include but not limited to a National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check (NACLC) security investigation, drug/alcohol testing and medical examination.

  • PCAPP operates on a 24/7 schedule. This position may be required to work a schedule of rotating shifts including nights, weekends, or holidays. All employees are subject to and agree to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of continued employment for the duration of their assignment. Respiratory screening and the ability to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) may be required for this position. The ability to obtain/maintain access to the Pueblo Chemical Depot is required.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.

BENEFITS

Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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