222-S Laboratory Manager

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Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the CEO of RJ Lee Group (RJLG), the Laboratory Manager will have the overall responsibility for the management of the 222-S Hazard Category 3 Nuclear Laboratory Complex (referred to as the 222-S laboratory) with a mission of supporting the Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup mission at the Hanford Nuclear site. The 222-S laboratory has 280 staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $80M.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of River Protection (ORP) is responsible for providing analytical chemistry production services, research studies, and analysis, and has ownership of the 222-S laboratory facility to support the Hanford Site environmental cleanup. The lab processes over 40,000 samples per year including chemical analyses (inorganic, organic, radiochemical, materials), process engineering development, and hot cell operations, radiological control and building maintenance. The laboratory also conducts Research and Technology Development programs in support of waste cleanup analytical needs, emergent technologies, physical and chemical characteristics of high-level nuclear wastes, field instrumentation, and mechanisms of equipment failure.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management website provides additional information regarding the 222-S laboratory and the contract.


The Laboratory Manager will report directly to the CEO of RJLG and its Board of Directors. This position functions as the interface between all stakeholders of the DOE Hanford site and will be the primary spokesperson to the customer, the DOE Office of River Protection (ORP), as well as the other site contractors and stakeholders (analytical customers). The Laboratory Manager will provide strategic leadership to ensure the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, and its highly experienced staff will execute on its primary objectives. Also, the Laboratory Manager will be responsible for maintaining and improving the overall facility, unique hot-cell configurations, and specific instrumentation while in a production environment, and preparing the laboratory for future demands of the Hanford site.

The Laboratory Manager has final accountability for laboratory budgets, quality, scheduling, workforce planning, human resource management, environmental health and safety, property and facilities management, and additional external funding and customer deliverables.  This position will have primary line authority over all sub-organizations including but not limited to analytical operations, analytical and process engineering development, quality assurance, building maintenance, building engineering, radiological controls, and EH&Q.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree plus ten years of experience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or chemical engineering, or equivalent scientific or engineering field with 15 plus years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 15 years of experience.
  • Demonstrated experience including operation of DOE nuclear facilities with of similar size, scope, and complexity a significant plus.
  • Recognized national reputation as a leading figure in a scientific and engineering field. Previous position as laboratory manager/director of laboratory managing Environmental, Industrial Hygiene, and Radiological samples. Previous experience in managing Research and technology development projects, laboratory facility management and upgrades.
  • Must be skilled in articulating and communicating a strategic vision, managing others, developing, motivating and empowering staff and union-represented workforce. Must be able to; create a positive learning environment in which all staff can excel, encourage and support teamwork and positively motivate the members of the technical groups, effectively communicate and foster the flow of information in all directions in the organization and demonstrate superior listening skills and the ability to build effective relationships.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of the specific DOE and Hanford environmental safety & health and quality assurance programs as they apply to a Category 2 or 3 radiological facility and laboratory operation including but not limited to DOE Conduct of Operations, DOE Analytical Service Program (DOECAP, MAPEP, and VSP), NQA-1.
  • Ability to develop and execute plans with stringent external and internal safety requirements; ability to modify plans to respond to changing conditions.
  • Ability to constructively and collaboratively interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, and appropriately representing the Laboratory and RJLG.
  • Ability to interact effectively with the DOE, regulatory agencies, and site contractors.
  • Experience in strategic planning, managing similar size budgets ($80M) and completing projects on schedule and within budget. Experience in implementing organizational change and turnaround plans a plus.


RJ Lee Group, Inc. offers full-time employees a total benefits package that includes:

Competitive salaries

Paid time off benefits

Medical, dental, vision and medical/dependent care flexible benefits

Group life insurance and disability insurance

401(k) savings and investment program


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