Berkeley Lab is seeking a Chief of Projects & Construction to lead the efforts of bringing the organization's Capital Projects portfolio (more than $1B in project backlog), infrastructure and facility modernization, and project management capabilities into the top tier of Department of Energy/Office of Science (DOE/SC) labs by achieving sustained, superior project execution and performance in support of world-class science.
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Lawrence. The Lab is located above the University of California, Berkeley Campus on a 202 acre site housing over 2 million Square feet of state of the art scientific centers and support facilities. Thirteen Nobel Prizes have been associated with Berkeley Lab.
Since the Lab's mission crosses over into many different sciences, buildings range from supercomputing facilities, genetic sequences labs, laser labs,microscope facilities, office complexes, to support facilities such as a hotel, cafeteria, fire station and many more.The current project portfolio varies, but it is currently proceeding through the funding gates for two projects (a bioscience facility and a cafeteria/conference complex with a combined projected budget exceeding $200M), several mid-sized projects (ranging from $8M-$10M), approximately 100 small projects (ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to $4M) per year, and a growing portfolio in excess of $70M for demolition and decontamination (D&D) projects.
The Chief of Projects & Construction will:
Provide line management and project execution leadership and performance accountability in conventional civil project and construction management and execution at Berkeley Lab. This includes strategic oversight, planning, Federal government interface, communication with Laboratory colleagues and senior management, budgeting and management of Berkeley Lab's portfolio of construction (capital and small) projects, both long short-term and long-term, and successfully managing demolition and decontamination (D&D) projects.
Proactively build and sustain partnerships and ensure alignment of action, project delivery and communications to all external and internal stakeholders. Ensure that communications are transparent, relevant and current.
Anticipate potential project risks, challenges, and issues and intervene early to minimize/eliminate negative impacts to projects by preventing, mitigating, and/or eliminating the risk.
Ensure seamlessly integrated project planning and execution to maximize project value and impact, and ensure scope, schedule, budget, quality, safety, and risks are proactively managed.
Analyze, design, and implement the optimal project delivery methods internal and external to the Lab, including negotiated contracts, design build, design bid build, and other approaches.
Lead and manage a team of approximately 35 staff, providing guidance and counsel for effectively executing capital and small projects that will optimally support the Lab's scientific programs and requirements. This includes hiring and supervising staff at various levels and developing, coaching and managing for high performance.
Accountable for effective management of contractors and subcontractor performance against scope, schedule, and budget.
Oversee planning and accountability for annual, short-term, and long-term construction project budgets, expenditures and staffing plans.
Provide comprehensive strategic vision, oversight and leadership of the Laboratory's construction management and execution, including the improvement and maintenance of key processes, procedures, tools, metrics and systems for project delivery. Ensure management systems for capital projects are efficient and effective.
May serve on Laboratory cross-functional or strategy teams that improve institutional management and development.
The Chief of Projects & Construction is a proven leader that is results driven, makes critical decisions using data and sound judgement, is fiscally responsible and serves in the best interest of the Lab community, University of California and Department of Energy - Office of Science. The Chief of Projects & Construction promotes values of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as safety and security.
Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, project management, business management, or related discipline, and/or equivalent experience.
Minimum 10 years of progressive management experience for the total execution of large construction projects, and general management experience.
Experience in project financial management, contract management, contractor/subcontracor oversight and management, schedule management and/or capital planning.
Demonstrated success leading and managing large (>$100M) and complex capital projects.
Experience managing and providing oversight to contractors and subcontractors for construction and D&D projects.
Demonstrated ability to solve problems, establish trust and credibility, work with a sense of urgency and deal effectively with change.
Demonstrated experience as an operational line manager including hiring, employee development and coaching. Ability to direct and converse technically with engineers and architects regarding campus utility systems and the operation, maintenance, design and construction of the various building types that are present on the lab campus. This includes the planning of safety, HVAC, carpentry, roofing, painting, plumbing, electrical, custodial and equipment maintenance.
Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to effectively influence, negotiate, listen, advise, and present.
Demonstrated ability to effectively build and maintain working partnerships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
Additional desired qualifications:
Advanced degree in related field.
PE or Architectural license preferred.
This is a full time, career appointment.
This is an at-will position.
This position is exempt from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Internal Number: 84712
About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.