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Nuclear Fuel and Equipment Qualification Business Manager

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Job Description

TITLE: Nuclear Fuel and Equipment Qualification Business 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.

Nuclear Fuel and Equipment Qualification Business Manager

The Nuclear Fuel and Equipment Qualification Business Manager reports to the Natrium Nuclear Fuel and Equipment Qualification Department Director and assists the Director in maintaining the department's vision, organizing the day-to-day operations, identifying and filling gaps, and increasing the operational efficiency of the department. The Business Manager is responsible for understanding and tackling the highest priority department challenges through discussions with key stakeholders. The Business Manager is a project management-oriented role focusing on performance management.

The Business Manager will drive alignment across the Senior Manager team, develop and track department goals and objectives, and be the first level to solve critical problems across the department organization. The Business Manager will interface frequently with the Senior Managers and Project Account Engineers for alignment on schedule planning, cost planning and management, staffing planning and management, and risk management. They will be responsible for coordinating and directing communications, developing, and making executive level presentations, developing, and coordinating team presentations, open-forums and roundtables in a way that fosters teamwork and collaboration.

The Business Manager will coordinate directly with other department Business Managers aligning processes and procedures along with lessons learned from each department. The Business Manager will provide relationship management and support for the department within the corporate organization such as Support Services, HR, Finance, Procurement and other teams. They will provide relationship management and support for the department within the project organization such as Project Analytics, Project Controls & Planning, Business Development, and other teams. The Business Manager will act as delegate to the Department Director on a temporary basis when needed.


  • Assists in communicating department strategy, goals and vision:
  • Assists in establishing and tracking of performance on department goals
  • Continually refines department vision with the Director
  • Works with Senior Managers to Formalize and establish ownership across departmental groups
  • Determines feasibility and prioritizes team activities
  • Advises Director and Senior Managers on how best to execute internal and external strategies to position the department as a central driver of project success.
  • Interfaces with Business Development on long-term strategy
  • Helps drive accountability for the execution of core business activities.
  • Coordinate development of departmental budget, schedule, and resources planning:
  • Leads department support of corporate forecasting efforts
  • Coordinates department short and long-term planning with Project Planning Lead, Senior Managers, Control Account Managers and other project leaders
  • Coordinates the efforts of Control Account Managers and Project Coordinators within/across departments
  • Collaborates with project leadership to develop and execute planning processes and planning integration across the broader organization.
  • Monitor hiring, training, department structure:
  • Optimize team structure, team to team dynamics, and relationship building with key internal and external partners.
  • Assist human resources with current staff and new hires, including documentation and onboarding, and resolution of employee concerns
  • Collaborates with leaders regarding short and long term resource management planning and hiring strategies
  • Develop process, drive process Improvement & department efficiency:
  • Drives operational effectiveness by influencing critical internal stakeholders.
  • Identifies opportunities for increases in efficiency of project and corporate process, and leads process improvement initiatives
  • Assesses risks, identify problem areas in execution, and improve collaboration among teams within the department and across the project.
  • Coordinates with Business Managers in other departments to alignment
  • Develops and analyze department performance data with Project Analytics and Project Controls and assist in preparing status reports
  • Contributes to identification of actions that can course-correct and drive performance improvement.
  • Initiate communications, develop presentations, and prioritize integration:
  • Creates clarity in ambiguous situations to facilitate and drive prioritization and decision making for leaders across the organization.
  • Communicates goals, priorities, and definitions.
  • Coordinates, develops, and provides executive level presentations, team presentations, open-forums and roundtables.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum Education: B.S or advanced degree in a relevant engineering discipline.
  • Strong preference for degree with Nuclear Engineering focus.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience directly related to Engineering, Project Management or Project Delivery with preference for 3 years’ of engineering project leadership or management experience.
  • Project management experience as well as experience managing engineers is preferred
  • Strong ability to drive improvements and achieve results
  • Strong organizational skills required
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

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 25 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 Level 11: $120,672 - $201,119

Salary Range Level 12: $163,702 - $226,844

*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.

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

TerraPower Career and Benefits information: https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply

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