Senior Director, Waste Operations 6 at Spectra Tech, Inc. in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Job Description:

Senior Director, Waste Operations 6

Position Summary

  • The Director of Waste and Facility Operations is a senior level management position reporting to the CH-TRU Program Manager. The Director of Waste and Facility Operations position at CH-TRU is responsible for providing leadership, direction and management of the following organizations: 1) Project Management related to development of design and implementation of processes for below ground TRU waste container retrievals and remediation, 2) Facility Oversight/Control (including Facility Operations Director duties), 3) Below Ground Retrievals & Routine Operations, 4) Waste Processing and Remediation, and 5) Radiological Controls Program. This includes all field and site operations of Hazard Category 2 Nuclear Facilities at Technical Area 54 Area G. The CH-TRU Director of Waste and Facility Operations ensures compliant management and remediation of TRU waste streams stored above ground and retrieved from below ground. The position oversees non-TRU waste management operations performed inside of TA-54 Area G (i.e., packaging, storage, waste minimization, etc.). The CH-TRU Director of Waste and Facility Operations oversees, authorizes and/or manages all operational and/or packaging and transportation activities including safety/authorization/compliance basis; health, safety and environmental management; security; quality assurance and production and work control; equipment facility engineering; maintenance management; contract labor negotiations; waste management; inventory control; and packaging/shipping/receiving activities. The primary interface for the Director of Waste and Facility Operations is with the CH-TRU Program Manager and the managers leading support groups within Waste and Facility Operations. Just as important are those interactions with those groups within CH-TRU (i.e., Work Control & Maintenance, TRU Waste Management, Low Level Waste Programs and Disposition, Compliance and Integration, and Project Controls). Interfaces external to CH-TRU include Environmental Restoration that relies on Waste and Facility Operations for matrixed Radiological Control Technician (RCT) support via the TA-54 RADCON group.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):

  • Periodic interface with Senior Management and EM-LA staff may be necessary to provide updates and status on key milestone activities.

  • Develop and implement a Project Management CH-TRU Program.

  • Approve DOE letters of instruction and/or contract modification for potential BCP action to the N3B Performance Baseline.

  • Compliant generation, retrieval, packaging, treatment of waste inside of TA-54 Area G.

  • Compliant storage of waste inside of TA-54 Area G, including waste inspections.

  • Management of TSD operations for TA-54 Area G (upon implementation of Permit Modification Request (PMR) and Documented Safety Analysis (DSA).

  • Support of Waste isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Central Characterization Program (CCP) operations.

  • Ensure safety, security and regulatory compliance; manage authorized facility safety basis and authorization agreements.

  • Ensure the implementation of a DOE compliant Conduct of Operations Program (DOE O 422.1), including Best Management Practices.

  • Ensure appropriate formality and/or conduct of operations.

  • Notify, investigate and report abnormal occurrences.

  • Review, approve, authorize and releases both facility and programmatic integrated work and/or packaging and transportation activities and documents to ensure that hazards/vulnerabilities are appropriately identified and controls are adequate.

  • Ensure Safety Management Programs (SMPs) are properly and effectively implemented in TA-54.

  • Manage requirements for facility access.

  • Responsible for the plan of the day and plan of the week process to ensure coordination of facility and programmatic operations and work execution as assigned.

  • Provide off-hours operations and emergency response.

  • Define and recommend organizational objectives, develop specific short-term and long-range plans, and monitor progress to ensure work objectives are attained and schedules are met.

  • Provide input for budgets; review applicable segment of budgets in relation to facility objectives to ensure cost effectiveness.

  • Ensure that the work environment and workers are frequently observed and monitored for compliance with safety and security requirements.

  • Support the planning, and manage the execution of readiness activities in compliance with DOE Order 425.1 1D requirements for the startup or restart of nuclear facilities, operations, and activities for CH-TRU.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

  • In-depth understanding of, and experience in, applying a graded approach in operating nuclear and non-nuclear facilities.

  • In-depth understanding of work hazards, safety practices, operating configuration, safety basis, conduct of operations, and facility policies and procedures.

  • In-depth knowledge and experience conducting critiques, root cause analysis, and lessons learned.

  • In-depth knowledge of government regulations affecting operations and /or packaging and transportation management.

  • Must have excellent written/oral communication skills to include the preparation of reports/presentations.

  • Experience in planning and oversight of programs in the operations area (i.e. facility waste operations, below ground waste retrievals, health, safety, and radiation; infrastructure, facilities and construction, performance assurance, project management, risk reduction & environmental stewardship, or security and safeguards).

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, integrating, and managing customer service organizations.

  • A strong record of demonstrating the following leadership characteristics: personal integrity and accountability, fiduciary responsibility, commitment to teamwork/ quality and excellence in programs and operations, commitment to workforce diversity.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and grow both internal and external organizational relationships.

  • Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making, creative problem solving, and continuous improvement programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers.

  • Skill and ability to perform critical strategic tasks and to interpret broad strategic requirements and develop and execute plans to satisfy them.

  • Ability to have major impact on organizational success and productivity, with extensive latitude for independent judgment.

  • Ability to communicate effectively at the highest levels.

  • Ability to train and mentor more junior staff

Education and Experience Required:

Bachelors' degree in engineering or scientific discipline with 18 years of related experience. Experience should include a minimum of 7 years of management responsibility. A combination of education and/or relevant experience wherein the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the position's duties and responsibilities have been adequately demonstrated is acceptable.

Business Associations:

Develops and manages interpersonal relationships to influence decisions of senior leaders both within and outside of the company.


Decisions and recommendations have a significant long-term impact on the division, subsidiary, or corporation and affect the financial, employee or public relations position of the company.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Light Work Category - Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. The employee exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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