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Project Account Engineer, Fuel & Materials Development & Qualification

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TITLE: Project Account Engineer, Fuel & Materials Development & Qualification


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 Account Engineer, Fuel & Materials Development & Qualification

The Project Account Engineer (PAE) is an engineer within the Natrium organizational structure who has been given responsibility and authority under the Natrium Senior Managers for performance management of one or more control (cost code) accounts, and for planning and managing performance of the resources authorized to accomplish such work. The PAE is a project management-oriented role focusing on project performance management that reports directly to the Senior Manager of Fuel Development & Qualification. Project account engineer responsibilities include schedule planning and status, cost planning and management, measurement of accomplishment, actual cost collection, variance analysis and resultant corrective action, estimating costs at completion, and risk management. The PAE manages the control account (cost code) where technical scope, schedule, and budget are integrated. The PAE will have regular weekly and monthly communication with managers and tech leads within the Senior Manager's group.


  • Lead schedule development and update efforts during project design phase cycles, budget cycles, and long-range planning development.
  • Coordinate with supporting Project Coordinator(s), delegate responsibilities and ensure accountability for completion, conduct performance management reports.
  • Coordinate with interfacing teams and other project organizations to develop cohesive strategies and processes across organizational lines and ensure accurate and complete hand-offs are executed.
  • Verify that activity management is properly executed by engineering team and summary information is reported in a timely manner to project controls team. This includes accurate duration and resource estimates, correct sequencing of tasks, and identification of interfaces with other work products internal and external to the control account. Solicit inputs from engineering staff for status in the master control schedule and hold the team accountable for performance on tasks.
  • Monitor and analyze cost and schedule variances using the earned value management system through data reports, actual costs, and integrated schedule actuals compared to the time-phased budget. The PAE will report on variances and develop recovery plans and variance management plans as necessary.
  • Closely monitor performance of the team against the schedule baseline and manage corrective actions to areas of underperformance. Coordinate with engineering team and Project Planning and Controls to identify and manage trends.
  • Organize and conduct integrated team and management reviews of schedule and cost performance.
  • Manage and execute Project Change Notices for the team’s scope of responsibility and schedule reforecasting. Lead the engineering teams in developing the necessary inputs to the project change process.
  • Ensure that actual costs are accurately recorded against the proper charge numbers for work performed and accrued costs.
  • Develop supplier management project plans within the overall team scope of responsibility and aid in project oversight of supplier activities.
  • Develop standards for detailed task-level work planning and manage weekly planning/update communications with engineering team.
  • Identify and monitor project technical and business risks, and ensure effective mitigations are established to timely retire critical risks. Lead activities to solicit new or changed risks.
  • Identify issues and execution challenges early using available project data, proactively resolve issues that impede project progress, and obtain assistance when needed to allow engineering staff to concentrate on their work products.
  • Develop and maintain staffing/resource plans to accomplish the work and adjust the schedule to be resource leveled. Provide resource gap analysis information to team managers to support hiring plans.
  • Interface with procurement organization to ensure effective and timely procurement processes, including requests for proposal, contract award activities, supplier contract management, supplier schedule and cost performance, and change control.
  • Identify candidate activities and scope for specialty subcontractor award and manage task schedule performance with subcontractor teams.
  • Develop and maintain oversight metrics and processes for project subrecipients and subcontractors. Facilitate performance feedback communications when expectations are not met.
  • Manage the team Division of Responsibility with subrecipients and subcontractors.
  • Strive to continuously improve upon established business processes. Communicate these opportunities to project management and assist in gaining buy-in from relevant stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the activity owners to identify opportunities for improving the efficiency and quality of the status updates for the team’s scheduled activities.
  • Understand the fundamental engineering basis of the project schedule within the team’s scope of responsibility.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 8+ years engineering work experience and/or project management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to create, review and proactively manage schedules, and management of Earned Value Management Systems.
  • Experience in the Nuclear or other highly regulated industry is desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience in oversight of supplier and subcontractor organizations in an engineering environment.
  • Experience with project management tools such as Microsoft Project, P6, or Jira.
  • Experience working to quality standard, such as ASME NQA-1 or ISO 9001.
  • Detail and process-oriented outlook.
  • Exceptional communication skills to integrate with a diverse engineering team are required.
  • 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 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: 5-10%

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 10: $109,446 - $164,170

Salary Range Level 11: $120,672 - $201,119

*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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