General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Deputy Director - Inertial Fusion Technology in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 17737BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Deputy Director - Inertial Fusion Technology

Job Category: Engineering, Manufacturing, Program/Project Management, Scientists, Strategic Development

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 25% - 50%

Clearance Required?: Desired

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Director within the Inertial Fusion Technologies (IFT) division of our Energy group located in La Jolla, CA.


Reporting to the division Director, this position will provide cross program leadership for the projects in the division. Representative duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with the division Director to oversee, develop, and manage program/project plans, budget, and schedules for the group and major programs.

  • Oversee and coordinate operational aspects for the group to include:

  • Manage various facility operations and contract agreements for projects, including capital and installations of new capital.

  • Manage workforce balance across the Division

  • Serve as an interface to facilitate, coordinate actions, establish procedures and resolve issues with GA corporate departments such as Finance; Security; Legal, Licensing, Safety and Nuclear Compliance; Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Purchasing and Contracts, and Facilities.

  • Review and monitor program/project progress, assess program/project issues, and in coordination with the division Director.

  • Oversee and coordinate budget and quality objectives while adhering to and establishing new administrative service department policies and procedures.

  • Provide leadership, direction, and oversight to current and future portfolio of experimental research and development projects.

  • Provide leadership and oversight for business development and opportunity identification and capture including the formulation of strategies that strengthen the competitive position of the division.

  • As delegated or appropriate, act for and in the name of the division Director in matters within the framework of established policy and/or during temporary absence.

  • Handle activities to establish and ensure adherence to Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), working with subcontractors.

  • Evaluate business needs at Program Reviews, evaluating and executing budgets with senior staff, discussing performance challenges with the associated program managers and appropriate staff members.

  • Management of intellectual portfolio to ensure consistent strategy among programs.

  • Provide leadership, direction, guidance and oversight to assigned staff.

  • Develop, administer, and ensure adherence to drive and maintain group policies and procedures consistent with the company.

  • Identify and act on opportunities to influence directions, policy and vision, both internal and external to the organization with a sense of urgency to overcome obstacles.

  • Keep division Director informed and advised on all matters related to the above.


Job Qualifications:

  • A technical bachelor’s degree with an advanced technical degree (preferably in physics or material science) or masters in business administration, finance, or a related field is preferred along with thirteen or more years of progressive project administration experience with at least seven of the years managing those operations in an engineering or scientific environment. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • The ideal candidate has awareness and understanding of high energy density (HED) research and the NNSA’s stockpile stewardship program conducted at LANL, LLNL, SNL, LLE, and NRL. The candidate must possess the ability and desire to develop an in depth understanding of the interrelationship of material science and processing techniques with HED research. The candidate will be expected to lead and participate in technical discussions with experimentalist physicists pertaining to material fabrication and characterization as well as operational aspects.

  • Must demonstrate detailed and extensive expertise of project planning and scheduling, as well as monitoring and reporting on these activities.

  • In-depth experience in organizational and operational problem resolution is required.

  • Strong leadership, communications, presentation, and interpersonal skills are also required as well as the ability to interpret and explain unusually complex operational issues.

  • The ability analyze and interpret complex financial data and recommend appropriate solutions to ensure business objectives are attained.

  • Must also be able to work extended hours and travel (up to 35%) as required.

  • In-depth experience within an R&D arena is desired.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance is required.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.