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Project Planning Manager

Company: TerraPower
Location: Bellevue
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

TITLE: Project Planning Manager


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower's mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company's activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications - all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Project Planning Manager

TerraPower is seeking a Project Planning Manager that will report to the Natrium Deputy Project Director and will have responsibility for leading project planning efforts for the Natrium advanced reactor project, which spans dozens of teams across multiple companies. The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience in the planning of large, complex Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects.


  • Lead and drive the project planning process. Lead the development and implementation of tools, processes, and templates that facilitate engineering planning and schedule development.

  • Work with Project Management to plan out and manage planning and schedule development activities. Drive the full project team, including partners, to the planning timelines.

  • Lead engineering teams through the development and maintenance of both higher level full-project schedules and detailed near term schedules.

  • Collaborate with Engineering, Project Management, Project Controls and external partners to translate, develop, integrate and sequence engineering activities and inputs into the Integrated Master Control Schedule (IMCS).

  • Facilitate and coordinate the creation of cross-system and cross-project logic ties in the schedule. Assist in negotiating hand-offs between stakeholders regarding technical / engineering content and schedules, as well as facilitating workaround planning.

  • Serve as a liaison by maintaining, publishing, and presenting relevant planning information and metrics to provide visibility and communicate potential issues to management and engineering.

  • Lead the development and organization of engineering scope schedule fragnets to be used in planning/estimating and ultimately for inclusion in the IMCS. Provide oversight on implementation/use of fragnets to ensure standard application across the project.

  • Assist Project Management with performing project level integrated reviews of the planned work.

  • Perform independent schedule risk assessments and mitigation planning

  • Analyze critical path and constraints to determine the effect of progress changes to schedule and recommend solutions to ensure baseline key milestones are achieved

  • Develop What-If-Scenarios & recovery plans due to project activity slippage and change requests

    Key Qualifications and Skills

    • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or equivalent technical field.

    • PMP or AACE certificate is preferred.

    • Minimum of five years of project engineering planning experience, preferably including work in R&D, engineering and/or Department of Energy (DOE O 413.3B) projects.

    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and drive results across company and organizational lines.

    • MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, Visio, and MS Project.

    • Experience in MS Power BI Service, Oracle BI or other data analytics platforms is a plus.

    • Experience with Atlassian tools such as Confluence and JIRA preferred.

    • Strong analytical/problem solving skills, creative thinker.

    • Exceptional attention to detail.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    • Ability to work in a busy, frequently interrupted setting.

    • Proven ability to work independently with little or no supervision.

    • Ability to recognize needs and exercise good judgment in how and when to take initiative to accomplish tasks.

    • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

    • Actual position starting level and title will be determined based on assessment of qualifications.

      Job Functions

      Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

      • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)

      • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 15 pounds

      • Repetitive work: Prolonged

      • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work

      • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of > 8 hrs./day

      • Travel required: 0-5%

        TerraPower's technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower's export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

        Job details

        Salary Range: $157,405 - $218,119
        Job Type: Full-time

        • Competitive Compensation

        • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

        • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical

          • Vision

          • Dental

          • Life

          • Life and Disability

          • Gender Affirmation Benefits

          • Parental Leave

          • 401k Plan

          • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

            • 21 days of annually accrued PTO

            • Generous Holiday Schedule

              • 10 paid holidays

              • Relocation Assistance

              • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

              • Flexible Work Schedule

                *Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 - 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual's qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.

                TerraPower Career and Benefits information:

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