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Nuclear Quality Assurance Engineer (N3B)

Job Title
Nuclear Quality Assurance Engineer (N3B)
Job ID
Los Alamos,  NM 84545
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Longenecker & Associates (L&A) seeks a motivated Nuclear Quality Assurance Engineer 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 Nuclear Quality Assurance Engineer will work under the direction of the Mission Assurance Management Team supporting programmatic improvement to, and the effective implementation of the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) (ASME NQA-1 and DOE O 414.1D) across Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management scopes of work. Your role as a Quality Assurance Engineer will include:
  • Performing oversight activities: Audits, Surveillances, Independent Assessments and Receipt Inspections (as required)
  • Providing Field support and operations oversight to improve effective implementation of the QAP
  • Providing technical expertise to drive improvement to the compliance, awareness/ understanding, and effective implementation of upper tier requirements, the QAP, and implementing procedures
  • Supporting effective implementation of supply chain quality (supplier evaluation, selection, documentation, acceptance and inspection of technical requirements)
  • Supporting effective implementation of Nonconforming Items and Corrective Action Programs
  • 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)
  • Supporting Lessons Learned and Continuous Improvement Initiatives such as Rapid Improvement or Lean Events
While effectively collaborating with other team members, your role will be commensurate with your experience and extend across the breadth and depth of the QA Program described above.  A typical day is fast paced, you will be multi-tasking, prioritizing and completing activities in many of the areas, including the field 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. 15 years relevant experience in lieu of degree.
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 Quality Assurance Systems (ASME NQA-1 and DOE O 414.1D (preferred), or ISO: 9001)
  • Advanced 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.

  • NQA-1 Lead Auditor /Auditor Qualification, or ability to obtain
  • Expertise and knowledge of environmental remediation and waste management projects 
  • Strong analytical skills to identify and evaluate quality-affecting issues and risks
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret various physical, mechanical, and electrical drawings, specifications.
  • Experience related to procurement documentation and procurement specification, receipt acceptance, supplier evaluations, monitoring supplier performance, and maintaining evaluated supplier list.
  • Experience developing, analyzing, and reporting metrics / performance measures.
  • Lean / Six Sigma certification
  • Causal Analysis course /experience

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 a condition of employment with L&A, you are expected to adhere to all customer site safety protocols and procedures including, but not limited to, all requirements relating to COVID safety such as social distancing, wearing of masks and mandatory vaccination.

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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