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    Opportunity: Program Manager -- Advanced Biofuel Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) (#77230) @ LBNL -- Berkeley, CA (US)
    Submitted by Jeff Todd; posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014



    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the Program Manager (Staff Scientist) for the Advanced Biofuel Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). The Program Manager will be charged with leading the pilot-scale facility and developing a strategic vision for the ABPDU to become a world class legacy pilot plant facility for biomass pretreatment, saccharification, fermentation and product recovery capable of demonstration production of advanced biofuels at small scale. The Program Manager will also be charged with stewarding, strengthening, and diversifying the ABPDU's existing portfolio of programs. The ABPDU is a DOE-supported facility that enables researchers to scale up processes for biofuels, chemicals and other products from the bench.

    The Program Manager will be responsible for all facets of the ABPDU operation including business development, schedules and scope, contract operations management, personnel management, facility budget management, maintenance, and expansion project implementation. You will lead the strategic direction and development which include all aspects of the user-interface. In order to accomplish this, the Program Manager will develop new organizational models for rapidly advancing innovation within the framework of a National Lab and will develop new initiatives, a clear set of principles for action, and affect culture change.

    In this highly visible role, you will continue to build the ABPDU facility and provide leadership to the technical team. You will be a hands-on leader with experience in the operation of pilot-scale biochemical, chemical or pharmaceutical processes. Reporting directly to the Director of the Physical Biosciences Division, you will collaborate, report, and confer with Berkeley Lab and Physical Biosciences Division (PBD) Management, and ABPDU advisory boards regarding the operation and development of the ABPDU. Has accountability for strategic planning, budgets, funding, workforce planning, Human Resources, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), property, and facilities management. Ensures the integrity and ethical conduct of all operational activities and research protocols of Energy Technologies. Is a key member of the Laboratory's senior leadership team providing strategic advice, counsel, and insight to the Laboratory Director and Deputy Director on the formulation and execution of the Laboratory's strategic directions and goals.

    Your leadership and experience will strategically complement and extend the Physical Biosciences Division and related programs beyond their current areas of strength.


    Business Development, Outreach & Strategic Planning (50%):
    • Continually develop and extend ABPDU portfolio of proposals, projects and funding opportunities addressing the strategic priorities of BETO, LBNL, and PBD.
    • Develops the strategic plan for the ABPDU, technical, and operational support.
    • In collaboration with PBD Division Management, periodically reviews organizational structure and programs to ensure they support the BETO and PBD's short term and long-term strategic objectives.
    • Identifies critical research collaborations with other Berkeley Lab scientific disciplines, fellow national laboratories, academic institutions and private sector entities.
    • Actively seek and write applications for competitive grants and contractual research agreements; collaborate with internal and external partners to develop research proposals and collaborative research agreements, develop protocols and provide reports to clients and funding agencies.
    • Define and implement a technical strategy to deliver against DOE objectives and manage the DOE AOP process for the ABPDU facility.
    • Develop strong relationships with the Biofuels community.
    Scientific and Technical Leadership (30%):
    • Actively ensures that the ABPDU programs and research are aligned with the Lab and PBD's overall mission.
    • Acts as chief spokesperson for the ABPDU to the University, DOE, external agencies and internal groups.
    • Designs, develops, and articulates the ABPDU's long-term and short-term scientific/technical project and program goals.
    • Manages direct report manager(s) responsible for ABPDU operations.
    • Provide research and development and administrative leadership for the ABPDU.
    • Establish and maintain a reputation for excellence in operations and research for the ABPDU.
    • Provide technical supervision for all customers and grant funded projects.
    • Provide technical leadership, develop talent and provide and maintain a succession plan for the unit.
    • Maintain a high performing team of analytical, pre-treatment and fermentation experts that is aligned to the strategy of the ABPDU.
    • Ensure that all milestones are met, appropriate data is collected and data quality objectives are achieved.
    • Actively participate and supervise the engineering design of all modifications needed to meet client or grant funded objectives; in collaboration with Engineering and PBD Management, identify equipment and instrumentation needed to allow the ABPDU to meet the research needs of funded projects.
    Operations Management (15%):
    • In collaboration with Division Management, develops short-term and long-term financial strategies to ensure proper funding levels and evaluates new funding sources and oversees the preparation and development of annual budget plan.
    • Ensures adherence to appropriate financial, procurement, budget, property, and accounting policies, procedures, and protocols including oversight of all project budgets.
    • Ensures proper management of HR responsibilities (e.g., salary administration, staffing, performance management, diversity, employee development, etc.).
    • Leads by example to proactively promote principles of diversity and ensure compliance with EEO/AA requirements and best practices.
    • Ensures safe and reliable operation of the facility and maintain current SOPs.
    • Ensures the ABPDU is in compliance with all aspects of business, environment, safety and health requirements, including all applicable DOE, LBNL and UC Policies and Procedures.
    • Conducts routine safety inspections and analysis of work plans, ensure ABPDU employees and Affiliates are current in Job Hazards Analysis and Training requirements.
    Communications (5%):
    • Effectively communicates relevant information to key stakeholders both internal and external to the Laboratory.
    • Leads communications strategies across for the ABPDU programs and initiatives.
    • Holds regular meetings (e.g. monthly) with direct reports, and ensures the effective collaborations and integration of ABPDU programs.
    • Provide PBD Management with a dashboard which includes project status, business development progress, and milestone/project completion.


    • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry or related disciplines and/or MBA with technical degree and significant (10-12 years) related industry experience.
    • Demonstrated experience in the design and operation of chemical, biotechnology or pharmaceutical production facilities, including successful experience as a Plant Manager or similar position.
    • Extensive experience in the leadership of scientific research projects and management of scientific, engineering and technical staff.
    • Proven experience translating technical opportunities as well as adapting and creating best practices.
    • Experience leading and managing a multi-disciplined operational, scientific and/or engineering research program.
    • Experience in developing a strategic plan, making high-level strategic decisions and representing a multi-disciplined operational or scientific program to both internal and external management.
    • Experience managing administrative activities for an organization including fiscal responsibilities, Human Resources, property management, EH&S, and facilities management.
    • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and critical thinking skills. Must be intuitive and possess the ability to challenge the status quo and find synergy from different ideas and approaches.
    • Must have a proven track record as a visionary yet practical leader with the ability to envision better ways to accomplish objectives, lead implementation of ideas, create opportunities, and mitigate constraints affecting success.
    • Must be a proven manager with extensive understanding of the issues and challenges of running an organization.
    • Demonstrated people, project, and budget management.
    • Track record of collaborative and decisive decision making while exercising sound judgment to evaluate and take acceptable risks.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks in parallel and meet programmatic and project milestones.
    • Experience in establishing and maintaining external collaborations and interactions with a diverse group of researchers.
    • Experience in leading teams in a complex environment with a solid track record of successful project management in an open interpersonal and leadership style capable of working in multiple multifunctional and matrix based teams.
    • Experience with personnel management (hiring, performance management, counseling, and coaching and salary administration).
    • Extensive organizational skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.
    • Demonstrated ability to attract funding from federal and other sources.
    • Experience and understanding of biofuels processes.
    • Demonstrated leadership of fermentation-based product development.
    • Must be able to travel extensively as required.


    This is a 1-year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.


    Berkeley, CA


    For full consideration, follow the link to the job posting and apply directly to Berkeley Lab. As part of the online application process, please complete a profile, including uploading attachments relevant to the opportunity. Be sure to reference where you found the position (Bioinformatics.Org).[...]77230


    Berkeley Lab is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.

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