Technical Project Manager, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI)
Argonne National Laboratory
Job posting number: #7134492 (Ref:415326)
Posted: March 15, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year entrepreneurial program at Argonne that embeds climate tech and clean energy startup companies with scientists at Argonne to help de-risk their technologies and prepare for launch to market. In addition to providing access to research and development (R&D) at Argonne, CRI supports the innovators in each cohort by providing business and entrepreneurial training that in turn helps them scale their businesses.
CRI innovators are embedded in the research divisions at Argonne and conduct R&D in collaboration with Argonne principal investigators (PIs) and in their laboratories. Given that CRI admits 5-7 innovators in each annual cohort and each cohort is for a two-year term, there are 10-15 active projects in the CRI program at any given time.
To position the CRI program for growth while maintaining operational excellence and providing additional project management support to CRI innovators and Argonne PIs, CRI is seeking a highly motivated Technical Project Manager to help drive CRI projects through their life cycle and ensure project plans adhere to agreed upon timeline, budget, and scope. The Technical Project Manager is a sound communicator who can link all stakeholders to ensure high levels of quality and report on risks, issues, and accomplishments. The position will report to CRI Director.
Responsibilities and Duties
· During the onboarding phase of new cohorts when cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) are established between CRI innovator and Argonne PI, works with the project business and technical stakeholders to develop schedules and establish milestones
· Facilitates the execution of new CRADAs through Argonne processes
· Ensures projects progress against defined schedules and milestones
· Meets with internal and external stakeholders, visits the labs (if applicable to the project), and documents the progress for CRI records using project management software
· Actively communicates with key stakeholders to keep them informed on project activities
· Creates management workflows, communication plans, and processes
· In collaboration with stakeholders, adjusts timelines, budgets, and resources as needed
· Oversees purchase orders for CRI innovator CRADAs to ensure proper due diligence, compliance, tracking, and project management
· Provide technical, business, and project management mentorship to CRI innovators by working closely with them on the commercialization of their technologies
Primarily onsite at Argonne in Lemont, IL with remote flexibility
Advanced degree in a STEM field or the equivalent experience in industry
5+ years of project management experience with increasing complexity and scope for multiple and overlapping projects
Experience with startups preferred
Strong communication skills—written, verbal, interpersonal— to coordinate with stakeholders
Superb analytical, computer, math, and problem-solving skills
Organizational skills and time management skills to keep projects on track
Strong teaming and collaboration skills
Proficiency in Microsoft software and data management software
Deadline driven, highly responsive
Highly organized with strong attention to detail
Flexible and adaptable to fluid situations
Embrace and support diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within CRI and Argonne
Able to build and maintain positive interpersonal relationships throughout the organization
Able to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork
The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PT2 or PT3) depending upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge, skills, and experience brought to the position.
Job FamilyProfessional Technical (PT)
Job ProfileProject Management and Planning 2
Time TypeFull time
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