Physical Inventory Officer (Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2 / 3) - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Safeguards - Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (SAFE-NMCA) Group is seeking an energetic, experienced, customer-focused Physical Inventory Officer (PIO) to fulfill various Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (NMCA) duties and responsibilities for nuclear material physical inventories to ensure LANL's compliance with Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) requirements.

This position will be filled at either the Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2/3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2, Physical Inventory Officer ($79,200 - $129,000)

As the Physical Inventory Officer you will assume a leading role in scheduling, organizing and conducting nuclear material physical inventories; conduct and organize the Physical Inventory Quality Committee meetings; work with other LANL groups and organizational functions to establish, maintain, and decommission nuclear Material Balance Areas (MBA) and locations where nuclear material is handled; provides assistance and guidance for NMCA issues to other LANL groups, organizations, and nuclear material stakeholders; provide guidance on the implementation of NMCA policy, regulation, and guidelines and provide in-person training to NMCA Associates and other staff as needed.

Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3, Physical Inventory Officer ($87,200 - $142,500)

In addition to the requirements for the level 2 position mentioned above, at the level 3 position you will work with MBA management to facilitate improvements and resolve discrepancies with the associated MBA. Have advanced knowledge of NMCA policy, regulation, and guidelines to communicate needed improvements and reaching consensus with MBA owners and custodians.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Specialized knowledge, experience and/or technical expertise in at least one of the following areas: inventory management, supply chain management, controlling day-to-day inventory operations, implementing inventory control potocols, experience implementing NMCA requirements, nuclear facility operations experience, nuclear material waste disposition experience, or chemical process operations experience.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience establishing priorities for targeted outcomes; to include methods of keeping track of items as they're used, creating and developing sensible strategies and solutions for facilitating work flow, efficiency and continual process improvement.
  • Ability to evaluate problems both simple and complex. This skill incorporates the necessity of other sub-skills such as strong attention to detail, the ability to think critically (i.e. actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by observation, reflection, reasoning or communication), strong decision making skills, and researching skills in order to analyze a question or problem in order to reach a solution.
  • Ability to execute decisions based on objective evidence and regulatory guidelines.
  • Experience in effectively communicating in both oral and written formats.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point for report generation, presentation, and trending analysis.


Additional Job Requirements for Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3 requires:
  • Experience working with high-level management to concisely explain complex issues from a regulatory perspective.
  • Ability to pivot quickly due to changing environments without sacrifice to execution of deliverables or timeline.
  • High competency level for working in a regulatory environment and regulatory oversight.
  • Ability to professionally resolve conflict and reach consensus with management and regulatory oversight representatives.
  • Experience with coordinating schedules and establishing a working relationship with a variety of organizations.


Education/Experience at Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2 level: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience directly related to the occupation. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields

Education/Experience at Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3 level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of nuclear material control and accountability principles.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and communicating major elements of nuclear material control and accountability to both technical and non-technical professionals.
  • Experience interfacing with all levels of management and professionals.
  • Experience in a regulatory controlled environment.


Note to Applicants:
  • Please include a comprehensive cover letter addressing in detail how they meet the minimum requirements and desired skills.
  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time

Los Alamos, New Mexico

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