Instrument Project Manager in Pasadena, CA at ConsultNet

Date Posted: 9/16/2020

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Job Description

Instrument Project Manager
Pasadena, CA
Direct Hire
$60k- $175k DOE

Successful candidate will function as the instrument's overall Contract and Project Manager with full authority on all aspects and through all phases of instrument design and construction. You will be responsible for ensuring the ultimate delivery of an instrument that meets requirements, on schedule and within budget. Provide detailed weekly management of the instrument's lead team and foster a collaborative environment between the Project Office and the other leads. Communicate with the instrument team on a frequent, regular basis to track the technical and programmatic status of the instrument; report on status to company project management. Negotiate and prepare Work Packages including drafting Statement of Work documents for each development phase. Lead or support the creation of instrument budgets and schedules; while ensuring feasibility and alignment with the company processes and the overall integrated project plan. Serve as the key point of contact within the company Project Office for all matters related to the status of the instrument development effort. Communicate with the instrument team on a frequent, regular basis to track the technical and programmatic status of the instrument; report on status to companies project management. Coordinate communication and negotiation between the instrument team and other parts of the company project as needed, e.g. to define interfaces.

Required Skills
  • A Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or an advanced degree in physics. Equivalent work experience will also be considered.
  • At least 10 years of experience managing the design and construction of advanced scientific optics or engineering instrumentation with experience with astronomical instrumentation and exposure to internationally distributed teams are both highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of contract management and procurement practices for large value technical contracts including experience negotiating and developing statements of work.
  • Must have domain experience in either Advanced Optics or Astronomy and large instrumentation.
  • Extensive experience developing and monitoring schedules and budgets for technical projects; exposure to earned value reporting is highly desirable.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and a demonstrated ability to foster effective team cooperation.
  • Knowledge of systems engineering practices for large scientific or high-technology projects.
Bonus/Soft Skills
  • Knowledge of risk management
  • Experience organizing and conducting design reviews and acceptance tests.
  • Familiarity with modern engineering tools commonly used in opto-mechanical design such as SolidWorks, Zemax, etc. Knowledge of spectrograph design would be considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with engineering analysis methods e.g. FEA would be considered an asset.