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Science Project Manager

Science Project Manager


6314 Remote/Teleworker US

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Full time

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Job Description:

This is a Project Management position, reporting to the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) Projects, Planning and Integration (PPI) Projects Management Manager and actively supports the Science and Technical Project Services (S&TPS) Manager. The Project Manager will be executing various projects on the Leidos ASC program which supports the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is responsible for the operations and redevelopment of three geographically remote research stations in Antarctica. The Project Managers are responsible for managing projects from project initiation/science event planning through execution and close out. They lead teams that perform science planning though implementation, laboratory management and safety, technical diving, and laboratory instrument repair and coordinate service support and infrastructure improvement projects. They are the key point of contact for the NSF Planning Manager and Activity Based Managers for all science activities. They ensure performance by developing and utilizing metrics to track science activity progress and support throughout the project cycle as well as manage risk and opportunities.

About the Antarctic Support Contract:

Leidos Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) is the prime contractor to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Leidos supports the NSF’s Office of Polar Program’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics by aligning with their Mission and Vision Statements:

  • Vision: Expanding our scientific reach in Antarctica through increased operational and logistical effectiveness.
  • Mission: To provide the operational and logistical platform necessary for the U.S. to conduct world-class science in Antarctica and maintain its active and influential presence on the continent.

Leidos ASC provides science and logistics support for approximately 150 science and technical events across three geographically remote research stations; McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and South Pole Station and several deep field sites across Antarctica. Each station or field site supports world class research across multiple science disciplines. The planning and implementation of science support requirements in Antarctica is a critical part of our mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead project teams to deliver complex multi-year science projects and field installations within budget, schedule and conformance with design documents and governance documents.
  • Analyze proposals for operational and logistics requirements with the NSF Program Managers.
  • Facilitate coordination with between multiple organizations including science community, ASC, NSF, military and international partners.
  • Collaborate with Grantees to provide science planning logistical requirements and developing planning documents including cost estimates.
  • Coordinating with all ASC departments including Facilities, Operations, Construction, Transportation & Logistics, Engineering, Estimating, Scheduling, Procurement, Finance and Accounting to achieve an integrated team approach in planning and executing Science events and projects.
  • Develop project acquisition strategies with the project team and subcontracting department.
  • Develop logistics plans that allow contractors and Science teams to complete their work in a coordinated, efficient manner.
  • Manage the subcontract team to ensure compliance with the subcontract terms and conditions and performance baseline commitments.
  • Review and approve all major purchase orders, change orders and contractor/vendor requisitions as prepared by the project staff.
  • Establish regularly scheduled meetings to review the following: Science plans, equipment/material lead times and required on-site dates, manpower projections vis-a-vis the project schedule, quality/performance issues on and off site.
  • Review and approve all project forecasts, schedules, cost estimates, financial reports.
  • Ensure that the customer is apprised of all deviations from the project baseline data (i.e., original schedule, budget, etc.) and obtain approval for deviations.
  • Attend monthly project/client meetings to review project progress and issues. Present project data including Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) specifics, schedule trending analysis and critical path analysis assessment.
  • Obtain client’s acceptance of the work and sign-off for the completed project. Responsible for the preparation and submission of the final project report, and prompt closeout of the subcontracts.
  • Develop, maintain and utilize a project risk register.
  • Develop contingency planning scenarios to recover performance baseline (cost, schedule and scope) to ensure delivery on commitments in the contract/subcontract.
  • Developing, presenting, and obtaining approvals of Mission Needs Statements, Functional Operational and Requirements documents, Analysis of Alternatives and Project Execution Plans as required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 8 years of Science related Project Management experience.
  • Demonstration of successful project execution that includes multiple external and internal customers.
  • Demonstrated utilization of risk management and tools in project execution.
  • Must be articulate and able to communicate with multiple levels of clients and stakeholders.
  • Must have current working knowledge of science industry standards and certifications.
  • Must have demonstrated experience maintaining cost and schedule performance using earned value methodologies.
  • May require deployment to Antarctica.
  • Typically requires a BA/BS or equivalent experience and 8+ years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 6+ years or prior relevant experience. Generally has 6+ years of experience supervising or leading teams or projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing various types of contracts for subcontractors including, but not limited to, Fixed Price, Time and Materials, Design Build, Incentive Based.
  • Experience with managing and executing government projects.
  • Project Management Institute certification.
  • Remote and/or extreme environment construction experience is preferred, but not required.

This position requires the ability to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.

Deployment for this position is unlikely and typically voluntary, but may be requested for this position.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $84,500.00 – $130,000.00 – $175,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.