[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Manager, NEON Operations
christin at ucar.edu
Thu Jul 6 15:41:54 MDT 2017
Project Manager, NEON Operations
Boulder, CO US
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a shared-use,
continental scale research platform for ecological research, consisting
of geographically distributed networked infrastructure. Networks of
sensors coupled to a network of human observers and airborne
observations, will be linked to computational, analytical and modeling
capabilities. Battelle, under multiple Cooperative Support Agreements
awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is in the midst of
executing a program requiring completion of Observatory Construction,
and transition of completed sites to Operations. The completed
Observatory is expected to be in initial operations in 2018, and full
operations in 2019.
The NEON Project Manager, Operations will serve as the Battelle
authority responsible for the successful day-to-day
performance/operation of the National Ecological Observatory Network
(NEON). This position will be the primary POC and interface to the NSF
regarding execution of NEON Operations project scope, cost and schedule
performance, and similarly, to Battelle senior management. The NEON
Project Manager, Operations will manage a complex, multi-year project
in a matrix organization, requiring coordination of geographically
dispersed teams. This will include strategic project planning consistent
with client (NSF) expectations for operations, development and
implementation of project execution plans, and management of project
cost, schedule and performance.
The NEON Project Manager, Operations will perform these functions
collaboratively with the NEON Program Manager, until Observatory
Construction has been completed and a sufficient transition to
Operations has occurred, at which time the NEON Program Manager position
will be eliminated. Further collaboration will be required in the
performance of these functions with the NEON Chief Scientist/Observatory
Director, who is responsible for leading the Observatory science program
through close coordination with the ecological science community and
ensuring that the Observatory fulfills its scientific and educational
* Serves as a member of the Battelle leadership team to advocate,
support, and ensure the scientific and educational objectives of the
Observatory, through efficient and responsive Operations management
and execution of the Observatory Collections plan, are being met.
* Represents Battelle in engagements with NSF, other Federal Agencies,
Congress and other key external stakeholders in order to communicate
status and other details concerning Observatory Operations.
* Directs utilization of Battelle policies, processes and procedures
to collect and review financial and performance information to
determine NEON Operations project status, identify significant
variances, and initiate corrective actions to achieve project
* Ensures key deliverables (monthly and annual reports, project
execution plan, CONOPS, etc) are developed, completed and submitted
to the client in accordance with required submittal dates.
* Assesses impacts of scope, schedule and budget change requests and
ensures that the requisite action is taken. Ensures that the NEON
Operations project is maintained within the scope, budget and
schedule of the baseline agreement and changes the baseline when
appropriate client-directed changes are approved.
* Proactively communicates with clients to ensure they are an integral
part of the NEON Operations project for clarification of
requirements and regular assessment of implementation progress.
Builds client relationships to sustain and expand business
opportunities. Influences client opinion on future project
direction. Influences customer’s plans and priorities as related to
the project. Identifies value opportunities for Battelle with the
client and establishes opportunity development capture plans.
Positions Battelle to win all such opportunities.
* Actively contributes to business development and proposal activities
including the formulation of win and bid strategies. Establishes
review procedures to ensure that proposed technical work can be
accomplished as described within proposed cost, time and quality
constraints. Coordinates the efforts of the proposal team to
formulate an offering that persuasively presents the technical and
management approach that meets the client needs and documents the
* Guides project and task managers and staff in using configuration
management and control processes to manage NEON Operations project
change. Establishes strategies for using cost and schedule
performance data analysis in making project decisions to ensure
timely and cost-effective delivery of specified services and
products. Ensures change management policies and processes to
evaluate changes, examine options, and make responsible decisions
regarding scope, schedule and performance change are followed.
Ensures that control is exercised over budgets, acquisitions,
schedules, configuration, risk, and technical performance throughout
NEON Operations project execution.
* Has significant responsibilities in contract negotiation activities
and has a thorough knowledge of contractual issues relative to the
NEON Operations project, relevant to scope of the work, scheduling
and subcontracts. Advises contract managers on NEON Operations
project execution and delivery issues.
* Represents Battelle to senior leadership in client organizations.
Prepares and presents to internal and customer senior leadership to
provide reviews and updates on technical aspects, cost, and schedule.
* Ensures safety policies and regulations are integrated into the NEON
Operations project plan. Ensures the project conducts safety
assessments. Establishes guidelines for ensuring that adequate
safety assessments are performed.
* Knows, understands and applies Battelle business management
processes and procedures. Implements Project Management best
practices and management policies. Understands, embraces and
executes relevant Quality Systems and applicable industry
regulations. Maintains a thorough understanding of and ensures
compliance with applicable government and industry regulations.
*THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS
* Bachelor’s degree in ecology, or an environmental/ life/earth science.
* Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation, or demonstrable
evidence of equivalent corporate/organizational training in project
* 10 or more years prior experience successfully managing large,
complex environmental projects, with heavy emphasis on logistics
support of deployed, networked systems, assets and infrastructure.
* Demonstrated working knowledge of contract management and prior
experience leading or supporting negotiation of contract changes.
* Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills with a management
style that encourages open expressions of ideas and opinions.
Demonstrated ability to work in and foster a collaborative work
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with
individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds and career
stages. Ability to bridge competing views and work across diverse
cultures, while being decisive.
* Strong personal integrity and work ethic, superior judgment,
emotional intelligence, the ability to maintain confidentiality, and
the ability to show sound judgment and independent initiative.
* Prior experience performing capture management.
* Prior experience leading and collaborating with others in proposal
development, inclusive of costing/pricing.
*THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
* Masters or Ph.D. ecology, or an environmental/ life/earth science.
* Prior experience working with the National Science Foundation (NSF)
* Prior experience managing Cooperative Agreements(CA) and Cooperative
* Prior, relevant field experience in an environmental, or comparable
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, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information,
disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes
covered under federal or applicable state and 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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