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Performance Improvement Specialist

Job Title
Performance Improvement Specialist
Job ID
Los Alamos,  NM 84545
Other Location

Longenecker & Associates (L&A) seeks a motivated Senior Performance Improvement Specialist to contribute to our mission supporting our work at Los Alamos National Laboratory supporting N3B.

L&A is a woman-owned small business and trusted partner enabling critical missions across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex for more than 30 years. We contribute to DOE’s nuclear security and environmental remediation enterprise by providing the highest-caliber staff and experts.
L&A is unconditionally committed to mission success and the well-being of employees, the nation and the environment. Our team members are passionate about building a healthier environment for generations to come. We are a community that interfaces and effectively communicates with all levels of management and government. If you have a passion for excellence, seek opportunities to engage in mission critical work, and consistently exceed expectations, apply now to join our professional family.


The Performance Improvement Specialist will work under the direction of the Performance Excellence and Assurance Manager to ensure the effective implementation of the N3B Contractor Assurance System Description (in response to DOE O 226.1.B Oversight Policy) and drive implementation of the N3B Continuous Improvement Program, across Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation scopes of work. Your role as Contractor Assurance Specialist will include:
  • Programmatic development, improvement and implementation of Contractor Assurance performance areas
    • Issues Management (incl. facilitation of Management Review Board)
    • Event Investigation
    • Causal Analysis (incl. Coaching and Mentoring in addition to performing)
    • Management Assessments and Integrated Assessment Schedule
    • Observation process
    • Lessons learned / Operating Experience
    • Performance indicators and metrics
    • DOE Occurrence Reporting and Office of Enforcement Reporting
  • Programmatic development, improvement and implementation of the Continuous Improvement Program
    • Perform and/or coach and mentor others to perform Causal Analysis
    • Perform and facilitate continuous improvement activities Incl. Kaizen and Rapid Improvement Events
    • Support to process owners to implement improvement actions
    • Measure improvement program success
    • Development of effective performance indicators and metrics
  • Identifying, analyzing and effectively communicating issues and opportunities for improvement from multiple sources (incl. observations, oversight activities, performance data, metrics, indicators, trends, causal analyses, event investigations).

While effectively collaborating with other team members and across all levels within the organization, your role will be commensurate with your experience and extend across the breadth and depth of the program described above.  A typical day is fast paced, you will be mulit-tasking, prioritizing and completing activities in many of the areas, and at the same time contributing to longer term programmatic improvements.  We will work with you to obtain the required skills and experience to make you successful.


  • Bachelors degree in relevant field and at least 10 years of demonstrated and relevant experience.
  • The career level of the position will be determined by the years of relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities; after a candidate has been chosen


  • Complete understanding and knowledge of Contractor Assurance Systems, or the elements thereof (see Position Description)
  • Expert math; Expert oral and written communication and ability to interact with all levels of organization and with external agencies
  • Adaptable and flexible, work independently or part of a team
  • Proficient with Microsoft office
  • Willingness to learn new skills and software
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently
  • Ability to work in a diverse work environment
  • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes drug screening, and inclusion in random drug testing program; and onsite access to Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Demonstrable ability to fulfill and promote L&A core values


  • Trained/certified Causal Analysis
  • Trained/certified in LEAN Six Sigma (preferably to Green Belt or higher)
  • Previous experience with nuclear or highly regulated / high hazard programs including experience with corrective action and Quality Assurance systems, Department Of Energy, Department Of Defense, Commercial Nuclear Power
  • Expertise and knowledge of environmental remediation and waste management projects
  • Experience using DevonWay software application


Los Alamos, NM  -  This position requires 95%+ on-site work (infrequent telework) and is contingent on ability to gain site access to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

LANL is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to enhancing national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. During this covid environment, this position will continue to report on site following the New Mexico health guidelines. We have taken all the recommended safety measures to provide a safe work environment.


Successful candidates will be able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation. This job posting reflects management’s assignment of essential functions and the descriptions listed do not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


As an L&A employee, you will be eligible for a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including healthcare (medical and dental), 401K plan, and paid time off. We believe in investing in our employees beyond compensation and as an L&A employee, you will have access to in-house training, career pathing, mentoring, award programs, tuition reimbursement and much more.

L&A is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran.


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