Department of Energy, Insurance, Quality Assurance
The Director’s Office has an opening for the Director of Contractor Assurance and Contract Management (CACM). The CACM director is a member of the SLAC Senior Management Team and is directly accountable to the Laboratory Director for providing leadership, vision, management, direction, oversight and strategic and tactical planning for executing all aspects of the Laboratory’s integrated Contractor Assurance System (CAS) and Quality Assurance (QA) programs. The overall goal of the integrated CAS and QA programs at SLAC are to sustainably enable outstanding science and operational excellence and ensure compliance with SLAC prime contract requirements, Department of Energy (DOE) orders, and applicable national consensus standards. The CACM Director is also responsible for working with Stanford University (VP for SLAC @ Stanford) and the DOE SLAC Site Office (SSO) in implementing and maintaining the Stanford/DOE prime contract and for managing the DOE-Office of Science Contractor Performance Evaluation and Management Plan (PEMP). The CACM Director is also an integral partner with the mission support operations team in developing institutional policies.
Your primary responsibilities include:
The CACM director will interface with representatives of SLAC Management, Stanford University, the Stanford Board of Overseers, DOE SSO and DOE Headquarters to independently provide the following:
Leadership and direction in implementing CAS to support the Laboratory’s efforts to safely, effectively, and efficiently deliver its mission and projects and achieve operational excellence.
Evaluate the performance of the DOE/Stanford prime contract and provide reasonable assurance to Stanford University and DOE that the Laboratory has a set of management systems and processes that fulfill the requirements of the DOE/Stanford prime contract to manage and operate SLAC.
Deployment, maintenance, and oversight of all elements of SLAC’s Performance Assurance management system, including enterprise risk management, issues and improvements management, assessment, quality, metrics, lessons-learned, institutional policies and requirements, and continuous improvement.
Management and maintenance of the SLAC/DOE prime contract and oversight of the Laboratory’s completion of prime contract deliverables.
Oversight, advice, and counsel to SLAC management and staff on all CAS-related matters.
Processes and tools that provide DOE and Stanford University access to CAS related Information and notifying stakeholders of assurance system changes.
Management of SLAC’s PEMP processes, including preparation and submittal of mid-year and year-end SLAC PEMP self-evaluations to DOE SSO and Headquarters. program offices and completion of the annual Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) process.
Leadership and direction in implementing QA to support the Laboratory’s efforts to safely, effectively, and efficiently deliver its mission and projects and achieve operational excellence.
Oversight, advice, and counsel to SLAC management and staff on all QA-related matters.
Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.
Provide strategic direction for multiple areas of business; create strategic plans of considerable complexity and scope; set long range direction and make high level decisions.
Set the direction of an organization and direct the policy development and implementation of administrative operations and workforce planning.
Responsible for the financial viability and success of the organization. Responsible for committing University resources with limited review by senior management.
Advise executive management on programmatic and policy development. Negotiate and influence university leaders on issues that have university-wide impact.
Other duties may also be assigned.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
A Bachelor's degree in a technical field related to SLAC science, business administration, or management and ten years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience performing above listed duties including:
Detailed knowledge of and experience implementing assurance programs at research and development organizations.
Building relationships with senior managers and internal and external constituents.
Experience and expertise in issues management (e.g., incident investigations, lessons learned programs, etc.), is a plus.
Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning and change management skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Advanced financial expertise in, budget planning and financial forecasting.
Exceptional interpersonal, negotiation and political acumen skills. Able to influence people, solve problems, trouble shoot, think creatively and resolve conflicts.
Expert analytical and problem solving skills.
Strong knowledge of industry standards, trends and/or regulatory requirements.
Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
Detailed knowledge of, and experience in implementing quality assurance programs at research and development organizations, is a plus.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
Experience at federally funded centers, especially those funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Effective people manager and communicator.
Prior knowledge of DOE systems.
Leadership competencies and behaviors:
Manages Relationships: Strong ability to influence through building and maintaining productive relationships, negotiation, effectively manage conflict, and motivating others.
Effective Communicator: Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively discuss, create engaged dialogue, and present to all levels of the organization.
Fosters Innovation: Encourages diverse thinking, new ideas, and creative problem-solving and creates an environment in which unique and creative perspectives are nurtured.
Strategic Focus: Proven forward-looking, big-picture thinker who plans and makes decisions in support of the mission and vision of the Lab’s strategic intent.
Resourceful: Orchestrates resources and employs knowledge of internal structures and processes to manage multiple activities simultaneously.
Demonstrates Accountability: Establishes clear responsibilities and processes to ensure commitments are met and results are measurable throughout the organization.
Develops Employee Capabilities: Operates with a focus on growth through organizational and staff development; values and encourages continuing development; demonstrates a proven ability to align individual development with organizational needs and objectives.
Attracts Talented People: Effectively evaluates current and future workforce needs, and attracts and selects the best talent to meet them.
Collaborator: Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to build coalitions and inter-functional teams to leverage synergistic relationships. Demonstrated ability to effectively build and maintain working partnerships with external stakeholders – including Stanford University, the Department of Energy, and the DOE National Lab Complex.
Deals with Ambiguity: Demonstrated ability to manage risk and uncertainty in a complex environment.
Resiliency: Strong bias to take action and persevere through challenge and the ability to manage conflict and crisis with calm confidence.
Analysis and Decision-making: Ability to analyze data (financial data, organizational performance metrics, etc.) and situations, develop and evaluate effective options, and make quality decisions that prove effective over time.
Physical requirements and working conditions:
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pdf
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Internal Number: 3471
About SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.