[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Manager, NEON Operations, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon May 29 06:20:34 MDT 2017


      Project Manager, NEON Operations

Boulder, CO US
*Job Description:*

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
    value created.

  * 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.


  * 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.


  * 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
    Support Agreements(CSA)
  * 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.”/

For more information about our other openings, please 
visitwww.battelle.org/careers <http://www.battelle.org/careers>

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