Senior Manager, New Nuclear Licensing - 511735

Tennessee Valley Authority Chattanooga , TN 37402

Posted 2 months ago


Senior Manager, New Nuclear Licensing

  • 511735

Organization: Nuclear

Department: Nuclear Innovation Technology

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Posting Open: 08/25/2021

Posting Closing: 09/01/2021 at 11:59 EST

Salary: Competitive


Provides governance and oversight and execution of all aspects of Advanced Nuclear Licensing for TVA's licensing activities to support new nuclear power ensuring compliance with prescribed regulations, procedures and processes. Directs the nuclear regulatory and licensing strategic approach to ensure that managed activities are conducted in accordance with appropriate regulations and TVA policies, programs, and procedures. This position is responsible for the development of regulatory vision and strategy for regulatory issues for TVA Advanced Nuclear projects and providing policy recommendations.

Serves as TVA expert and lead authority in new nuclear regulatory issues. Provides strategic guidance to senior corporate leaders on range of advanced nuclear regulatory issues. The position is the TVA official point of contact for licensing activities with the NRC and external partner licensing leads and is lead for interaction with NRC senior leadership and advisory bodies including Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards

Responsible for development and implementation of processes associated with obtaining NRC Environmental Reviews, Construction Permit Application and Operating License Application development or Combined License Application (COLA) development. Responsible for recruiting and developing staff to accomplish Advanced Nuclear licensing functions.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • Directs a staff of at least five TVA and contractors. Supervise future subordinate managers based on anticipated organizational growth.

Budget Responsibility

  • Responsible for >$5M per year with significant impacts within project of potential value > $1B


  • Direct and manage New Nuclear licensing activities utilizing strong leadership and project management skills to plan, organize, track, and direct application development and NRC review activities on time and on budget.

  • Responsible to provide governance by setting new nuclear licensing policies, principles, and rules that establish the expectations for high standards of performance consistent with industry best standards and performance. Responsible to provide oversight by monitoring work and performance results to ensure desired outcomes are met.

  • Routinely interact with NRC staff and management up to NRC Office Directors and Regional Administrators on matters associated with TVA's advanced nuclear regulatory affairs.

  • Participate actively in industry regulatory working groups and establish TVA as a leading voice on regulatory strategy. Act as liaison to provide effective communication among industry, TVA organizations, and regulatory stakeholders.

  • Establish organizational support strategies based on project requirements, obtain budgetary funding and manpower necessary to implement regulatory related SMR project requirements.

  • Develop business plans and staffing plans and gain approvals of TVA and/or external stakeholders.

  • Issue the project and schedule directives necessary to ensure successful and timely project completion.

  • Serve as principle signatory for TVA nuclear regulatory correspondence pursuant to 10 CFR 50.4 and 10 CFR 50.30. Establish and implement processes and procedures to establish accountabilities that support the signature.

  • Manage the completion of contact RFPs with sufficient terms and conditions to accomplish project work scope, and negotiate final contracts as necessary.

  • Develop and implement strategies to prioritize and manage vendor development activities to support regulatory requirements. Ensure that contract proposals meet TVA contracting and supply requirements.

  • Provide day-to-day direction to TVA and contractor management of licensing staff to accomplish project activities.

  • Interpret broad policy and regulatory matters and provide overall nuclear licensing direction.

  • Advise senior leadership on regulatory matters and effectively manage activities and assigned personnel-develop specific strategies and recommendations for ensuring regulatory compliance and NRC relationship.



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a scientific discipline. M.S. or MBA desirable.


  • Fifteen or more years of professional experience with integrated plant operations associated with licensing and regulatory affairs for operating and advanced nuclear technology and at least 10 years of management/supervisory experience in diverse environments. At least three years of new nuclear experience is specifically required. Demonstrated experience leading preparation of applications for submittal to NRC and supporting NRC's review is required. Demonstrated successful new plant licensing experience preferred.

Certification/License, etc

  • Senior Reactor Operator/STA certification is preferred. PMO certification is preferred.


  • Must have problem analysis and decision making skills; good organization and planning skills to effectively manage diverse tasks and projects. Must have excellent communication skills to be able to express complex ideas succinctly and clearly using different perspectives, as needed. Candidate must demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and skills in multiple aspects of nuclear generation project development, NRC licensing, and knowledge of Quality Assurance programs and practices. Demonstrated ability to interpret broad policy matters and provide overall program direction. Must have strong leadership skills. Candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on position / access requirements and essential job functions. Knowledge of TVA process and programs is desired. Must have working knowledge of industry and vendor initiatives in support of new nuclear deployments.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA's Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace

All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found at TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

How to Claim Vet Preference

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran and would like to be considered a preference-eligible veteran for the purposes of your employment application to TVA, please take the necessary actions outlined in the application process. Please submit your military documents each time you apply for a position.

How to Submit Documentation:

  1. Upload documents after you complete the application by clicking Careers Home, Cover Letters and Attachments, and Add Attachment, or

  2. Email documents to [email protected]

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Senior Manager, New Nuclear Licensing - 511735

Tennessee Valley Authority