Digital Systems Project Account Engineer

Bellevue, Washington, United States | Natrium | Full-time


TITLE:             Digital Systems Project Account Engineer (PAE)
LOCATION:    Bellevue, WA, USA         

TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.


TerraPower is seeking to hire a highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes.  TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.


Digital Systems Project Account Engineer (PAE)

TerraPower, LLC. is seeking a highly capable and motivated Project Account Engineer (PAE) within the Natrium organizational structure who is responsible for the performance management of one or more control (cost code) accounts within the Performance Management Baseline (PMB). The PAE is a project management-oriented role focusing on project performance management.  The PAE responsibilities include schedule planning and status, cost planning and management, measurement of accomplishment, actual cost collection, variance analysis and resultant corrective action, estimating costs at completion, and risk management.  The PAE manages at the control account (cost code) point where technical scope, schedule, and budget are integrated. The PAE will have regular weekly and monthly communication with managers and tech leads within the Senior Manager's group. Effective communication, coupled with the ability to motivate others, will be critical for the success of this role. Background and experience in project management on large, complex projects using an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) is also necessary.



  • Managing, maintaining, and communicating project schedule baseline, forecast, and metrics to key stakeholders.
  • Managing, maintaining, and communicating project cost and resource baseline, forecast, and metrics to key stakeholders.
  • Monitor and analyze cost and schedule variances using the EV data recorded, actual costs, and schedule data compared to the time-phased budget.
  • The PAE will determine root causes and develop corrective actions / recovery plans / variance management plans as necessary to avoid large variances.
  • Coordinate with engineering team and Project Planning and Controls to identify and manage trends, i.e. potential increases to the Estimate at Complete (EAC).
  • Primary point of contact for Project Change Notices (for the PAE's assigned control accounts) and schedule reforecasting. 
  • Update Estimates to Complete (ETC) for control accounts and validate EAC.
  • Verify that all approved work is properly planned and scheduled in the assigned control account.  This includes accurate duration and resource estimates, correct sequencing of tasks, and identification of interfaces with other work products internal and external to the control account.  The PAE will work closely with the engineering leads to develop planning inputs and schedules.
  • Organize and conduct management reviews of plans/proposed schedules. 
  • Monitor and analyze outstanding (external) commitments within the assigned control accounts.
  • Ensure that actual costs are accurately recorded against the proper charge numbers for work performed.
  • Lead/drive the planning process for the work scope within the control account.  Work with the relevant engineering leads to obtain the necessary planning inputs.  Primary point of contact for interfacing with project controls in the implementation of plans in the schedule.
  • Develop and maintain staffing/resource plans to accomplish the work and adjust the schedule to be resource leveled.  Provide resource gap analysis information to the Senior Manger to support hiring plans.
  • Organize and conduct regular performance reviews with the Senior Manager, including monitoring/reporting on the progress of any correction action plans in progress.
  • Strives to continuously improve upon established business processes. Communicates these opportunities to the senior business manager and assists in gaining buy-in from relevant stakeholders.  
  • Collaborates with the activity owners to identify opportunities for improving the efficiency and quality of the status updates for the assigned control accounts’ scheduled activities. 


Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year university or equivalent experience is required.
  • 5+ years direct nuclear project management experience with complex capital projects greater than 40$ million desired.
  • Familiarity with calculating and communicating earned value management system (EVMS) metrics is desirable.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and/or MBA is preferred.
  • Experience with using Atlassian collaboration tools (e.g. Jira, Issuetrack, Confluence, Collab) is ideal.
  • Proficiency with P6 or MS Project is required.
  • Familiarity with engineering project life cycle strongly desired but not required.
  • Strong communication skills to support interfaces across different departments, up and down the management chain.
  • Strong organizational skills are necessary.
  • Proficiency in MS Project, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint is required.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect, and a desire to foster teamwork.
  • Actual position starting level and title will be determined based on assessment of qualifications.


Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.


  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day 
  • Travel required: 0-25% (inter-office travel, locally, national and international)


TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government.  TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements.  To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.  Government export authorization approval times vary.  Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower will not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.   


Job details 

Salary Range Level 12: $163,702 - $226,844

Salary Range Level 13:  $187,088 - $268,939

*Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band.  Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.  This range is specific to Washington State.

Job Type:  Full-time


  • Competitive Compensation
  • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments
  • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Life
    • Life and Disability
    • Gender Affirmation Benefits
    • Parental Leave
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 21 days of annually accrued PTO
    • Generous Holiday Schedule
  • 10 paid holidays
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities
  • Flexible Work Schedule

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