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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project Controller for Materials and Chemical Science & Technology Group in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Project Controller for Materials and Chemical Science & Technology Group



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

This position will be part of the Project Management Team within the MCST Directorate and will work closely with other Project Controllers in the directorate. Executes most functions independently. Provides administrative oversight and project management for collaborative R&D activities including the Photovoltaic Device Performance Calibration Services (PVDPC) and other programs with the Materials Science Center, and Chemistry and Nanoscience Center. Key responsibilities include administrative decision making and prioritizing, setting objectives for key functions, developing and implementing tools and processes for performance tracking, and program coordination and integration. Will also provide project and proposal support to Materials Science Center, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center and other activities as needed.

Job Duties:

  • This position supports the Materials Science Center, and Chemistry and Nanoscience Center as well as supporting collaborating research projects with the Solar Energy Technologies office, ARPA-e, Department of Defense, Office of Science, and other Industry Leaders.

  • The position requires high confidentiality in handling sensitive and proprietary scientific information.

  • Position requires compiling, analyzing, and maintaining reports and project documentation, technical records, research processes and information, and other technical publications and patent information.

  • Requires assisting with establishing task lists, schedules, spend plans and staff forecasting for the projects.

  • Uses strong knowledge of required software to compile and generate reports, to monitor progress towards milestones and deliverables, to develop and monitor project schedules and timelines, to correspond with partners and sponsors, to develop presentations, and to quality check and format reports and other submissions.

  • Also develops tools and processes for coordination and integration of multiple-institutional projects and provides input to improve work flows.

  • Background and skill set for working with high-level technical and scientific leaders, including those from industry, universities and other National Laboratories

  • Responsibilities will include setting schedules and arrangement for Advisory Boards, Center and project meetings, communicating status and directions of projects.

  • Coordinates and tracks Partner Agreements including those under the Alliance Partner University Program (APUP), Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and other contracts as needed. Interfaces with the Technical Partnership office, Business Development leaders at the lab, Financial Analyst Leads, and Acquisition Services Team.

  • Organizes workshops and other events for related to projects in Materials Science Center, and Chemistry and Nanoscience Center this includes but is not limited to scheduling and coordinating visitors, coordinating logistics with venues, and communicating with attendees.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, Master's Degree in Business Administration or related field or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

Project controller position, requiring demonstrated experience and success with functions relating to project supporting complex projects and programs.

Performs high profile complex administrative and project support functions requiring experience in research administration, high-impact reporting, project coordination and integration. Interacts with high-level specialists and managers from NREL, DOE, partner institutions, other federal agencies and external national and international technical leaders.

Requires knowledge of and understanding of detailed aspects of business and project support activities and their practical application to a wide variety of problems and situations.

Requires excellent written and oral communications, proofreading skills and team building and interpersonal skills.

Experience using commercial software applications in the Microsoft 365 Suite of programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Financial Project Management and a general knowledge of eCommerce preferred.

Experience with Teaming Software (Microsoft Teams, and SharePoint) and using File sharing platforms, (Box, and Google Drive). Understanding of Database programs like FileMaker, Microsoft Project Server and other locally built systems.

Handling detailed aspects of business and project support specific to technical operations, research disciplines, and government operations.


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