Project Manager- Critical Materials Supply - 26233 in Alexandria, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 9/26/2018

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Position Summary

  • Perform technical assessments of strategic and critical materials required by Department of Defense (DoD) weapon systems and National Security Space (NSS) equipment and technologies
  • Characterize current and projected requirements for materials and assess the impact of that demand on a material’s supply chain
  • Identify and evaluate peace-time and contingency scenario risk to material supply chains
  • Propose risk mitigation options, especially recycling materials from end items and waste streams and substitution of other materials or technologies in place of the at risk material
  • Plan, manage, and execute risk mitigation options to achieve assured access to materials under supply disruption scenarios

The critical materials we study range from traditional elements to semi-processed and proprietary materials with specialized applications.

Our team is composed of highly motivated, self-starting individuals with a variety of technical backgrounds. We pride ourselves on being able to meet our customers’ needs, exceed their expectations, and grow our portfolio by identifying new projects to explore.

Duties and Responsibilities  

Under direction of a program manager and/or team lead, and in coordination with/on behalf of the Government client, the team member will plan and execute technical projects to:

  • Acquire, stockpile, and maintain an inventory of strategic and critical materials,
  • Qualify alternative sources of strategic and critical materials, and
  • Reclaim strategic and critical materials from end-of-life or excess-to-need components.

This role involves interfacing with the Government customer (“the client”), other Government officials and agencies, industry, and Alion team members.

Primary tasks include:

  1. Collecting client and project requirements.
  2. Organizing the project:
    1. Planning and assigning project tasks, milestones, schedules, and budgets.
    2. Drafting contractual documents (e.g., performance work statements, cost estimates, schedules).
    3. Coordinating with the relevant DoD and non-DoD Government agencies to ensure their industrial base requirements are met.
    4. Interviewing industry for technical and market requirements.
    5. Generating interest with industry to ensure companies respond to Government Requests for Information, Requests for Proposals, White Papers, and Bids.
  3. Managing the project to ensure that suppliers meet contractual requirements, the project plan continues to reflect requirements, and suppliers and collaborators meet schedule deadlines.

Throughout this process, the project manager will coordinate with the client to ensure the project is executed per their requirements.

Secondary tasks include:

  1. Researching, collecting, and analyzing technical data and supply chain data on strategic and critical materials, as well as related DoD / NSS equipment and technologies.
  2. Identifying supply chain or program risks and developing whole-of-Government mitigation options.

The team member will sit at an Alion office in Alexandria, VA. As the tasks requires, the team member will travel to the Government site at Fort Belvoir, VA to collaborate with the Government client and other Alion team members sitting on-site with the client. There will be limited local travel to the Alion office in Annapolis Junction, MD for team meetings. There may be periodic local (MD, DC, VA) and CONUS travel to manage projects.

To be successful at this role, the team member must collaborate the Government client, members of other Government agencies, Government contractors, industry, and academia. The team member should be comfortable with limited direction, be able to take initiative when developing project plans, budgets, and schedules, but ensure that the client’s requirements are addressed. The team member will be executing tasks for the Government client, but will report to an Alion project manager and team manager. The team member will regularly collaborate with other Alion team members but has no direct functional people-management responsibility.   

The team member adheres to Alion administrative policies and procedures, human resource policies and practices as applicable, and contracts administration procedures that support the programs of Alion. While on-site with the Government team, the team member adheres to the Government’s policies and procedures for work place conduct and handling Government equipment.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in engineering, plus at least 5 years of related experience. Degree must be in materials engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering. Other technical and engineering degrees will be considered. Experience with energetic materials, ceramics, fibers, metallurgy, and/or rare earth materials is preferred. Experience with economics, business or market assessments, and/or supplier management is a plus.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 5 years of applicable work experience.  Work experience may be adjusted based on education, or highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of engineering principles, methods, and techniques. Effective data analysis and problem solving skills; attention to detail. Effective communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of relevant tools, equipment, hardware, and software including Microsoft Office suite programs, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Experience or interest in materials, material applications, defense systems, and/or supply chains. Experience developing statements of work and cost estimates. Experience motivating or coordinating with a multidisciplinary team.

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Must be eligible to hold a SECRET level security clearance.


Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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