Engineering Design Process Lead

Date: Sep 10, 2023

Location: Lynchburg, VA, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at



BWXT is currently seeking an Engineering Design Process Lead for its Advanced Technologies location!


BWXT is People Strong, Innovation Driven - be part of BWXT’s innovation hub. BWXT’s Advanced Technologies (AT) group researches, designs, and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, nuclear rocket propulsion systems, and radioisotope production systems for both internal and external customers.


The Engineering Design Process Lead will develop optimized engineering design and development processes so that they are efficient, effective, and comply with industry and regulatory standards. This position will monitor the implementation of those processes on an on-going basis, and identify any gaps or needed process improvements, and then lead the work to address those areas. The Engineering Design Process Lead will work in the Systems Engineering & Integration department and will provide support in the form of engineering processes and infrastructure to terrestrial microreactor and space reactor projects. They will work closely with the Systems Engineering Manager and the Mission Assurance Manager. They will also have a key interface with the Director of Quality Assurance.


If you are looking for a career where your experience is valued, innovative thinking is fostered, and barrier-free teamwork is embraced every day, then this opportunity is for you. The position will be located in the Lynchburg, VA Advanced Technologies office. Relocation benefits are available for this position. 


Job Description / Duties:

  • Develop engineering design processes and procedures to accelerate development of innovative product solutions for our customers.
  • Oversee, assess, and update existing processes and workflows.
  • Establish and track metrics to identify areas for improvement and monitor the effects of changes.
  • Communicate findings and proposals for resolution to upper management.
  • Develop training for successful implementation of process changes, and for existing processes and procedures.
  • In collaboration with project leadership, make project-specific assessments and adaptations of existing processes.
  • Solicit and evaluate end-user recommendations for process improvements.
  • Participate in the Corrective Action Request (CAR) program for improvement of engineering procedures.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in a STEM discipline is preferred.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in system design for U.S. government, or commercial nuclear and/or aerospace customers is required.
  • Must have familiarity with the requirements of quality programs, such as ISO 9001, AS9100 and/or NQA-1.
  • Must have familiarity with industry design process standards such as ISO/IEC/IEEE-15288, IEC-61508/ 61511/62061, and/or government handbooks from NASA, DOD, or DOE.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead through influence within matrixed organizations is required.
  • Excellent written and analytical skills are required.
  • Must have demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders up, down, and across the organization.
  • Must have strong attention to detail.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or Department of Defense (DOD) security clearance, whichever is required.


Additional Desired Skillsets:

  • Systems Engineering background.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification (Green or Black belt).
  • Experience in application of Agile design methodology for new product development.
  • Experience working with U.S. Government customer (e.g., DOD, DOE, NASA).



As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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