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Independent Assessment Manager

Requisition ID:  255797

Requisition Posting End Date: 


Project Overview:

Bechtel is a global engineering, construction and project management company that has “built the world” for more than 120 years, having constructed Hoover Dam, the English Channel Tunnel, entire cities in the Middle East, the second-largest solar thermal power project in the world, and millions of miles of roads and pipelines. We produce a lasting, positive legacy by creating jobs, growing economies, connecting communities to resources, shoring up and expanding infrastructure, and making the world a cleaner, greener, safer place.


Join us as we make history at the Hanford Vit Plant, known as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. We are designing and building a one-of-a-kind facility that will turn radioactive and chemical waste left over from World War II and Cold War plutonium production into a form safe for disposal. Your efforts will help protect the nearby Columbia River and the communities, salmon, and wildlife along its shorelines throughout the Northwest.


Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers near two mountain ranges, our community provides access to year-round outdoor recreation, 300 days of sun a year, more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, and the amenities of large cities just a three-hour drive (or short flight) to Seattle and Portland.


Positions located at the Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) work a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other work locations may work a 9-80’s schedule, M-F 7:00 am to 4:30 pm with alternating Fridays off.


Position Summary:

“Position is a full-time role that offers part-time telework in accordance with business requirements”

The Independent Assessment Manager will report to the Manager of Quality and will support the maintenance, development, and implementation of the WTP Independent Assessment program.



  • Directs quality oversight activities on a project, interfacing and communicating with engineering, procurement, construction, administrative services, testing, operations, decommissioning, and other project personnel to ensure technical and quality requirements, management goals and objectives are met.
  • Assists in the implementation, coordination, and preparation of the quality program/plan within the project.
  • Plans, performs, and documents engineering and procurement related quality assurance oversight throughout the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) Project to ensure compliance with both quality and technical requirements and evaluate effectiveness of implementation.
  • Reviews and approves quality‑related procedures prepared on the project to ensure compliance with the project quality program/plan.
  • Reviews and concurs with project functional procedures for compliance to project quality programs and project commitments.
  • Performs reviews of engineering and procurement related products/documents to ensure the inclusion of appropriate project technical and quality requirements.
  • Develops and maintains Independent Assessment program procedures and instructions.
  • Maintains the Independent Auditor qualification, certification, and training programs.
  • Coordinates, supervises, and/or participates in the project quality auditing and monitoring program to verify the effectiveness and implementation of the project quality management system.
  • Manages the supplier qualification program including initial and triennial quality assurance audits, annual supplier evaluations, resolution of identified supplier deficiencies, and maintenance of the project’s Evaluated Suppliers List.
  • Recommends actions to project personnel to correct observed quality deficiencies.
  • Maintain client liaison and communication for project quality related activities as appropriate.
  • Represents the project during quality assurance audits conducted by the client, management, or regulatory agencies as appropriate.
  • Reviews project schedules for quality‑related activities to ensure timely and effective implementation of the project quality plan requirements.
  • Identifies quality problems, initiates documented action and verifies implementation of solutions.
  • Initiates and/or coordinates stop-work action, when warranted.
  • Manages quality assurance oversight and supplier qualification staff and budget.
  • Forecasts job hours and monitors charges to the project quality budget.
  • Initiates project quality staffing requirements and budgets for approval as appropriate.
  • Prepares reports on the effectiveness of the quality program/plan implementation and supports reporting to project management.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline or business management/quality assurance from an accredited university or college with 13 years of progressive experience in a field of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing/commissioning, operations, or quality assurance.  Or in lieu of formal degree, a minimum of 19 years of progressive experience in a field of engineering, environmental, procurement, construction, testing, operations, or quality assurance.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
  • This role requires a facility-specific clearance that requires U.S. Citizenship to obtain.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy badge for access to the Hanford Site.
  • Candidates possess the right to work and remain in the US without sponsorship.
  • Current ASME NQA-1 certified Audit Team Lead or has the ability to achieve such certification within approximately 6 months of hiring.
  • Related experience should include but is not limited to knowledge of a recognized quality assurance standard (e.g., ASME NQA-1, ISO 9001) and its application to construction, engineering, acquisition services, supplier quality, materials management, operations, commissioning, training, environmental safety & health, or subcontractor processes.
  • Ability to work closely with technical teams, senior leadership, regulatory agencies, and stakeholders in developing and managing Contractor Assurance system/processes.
  • Technical knowledge in Engineering or Quality Assurance in one or more of these disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, or Instrumentation sufficient to comprehend the application of and relationships to technical and quality requirements in engineering and procurement related products (specifications, drawings, material requisitions, purchase orders, subcontracts, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability with oral and written communications.
  • Proficiency in providing direction and on the job training to assigned personnel.
  • Ability to use a computer and intermediate skills in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/prior experience in supplier qualification and independent assessment programs.
  • Knowledge of Operating Experience/Lessons Learned processes.
  • Knowledge of Trending, Metrics, and Benchmarking practices.
  • Knowledge of Corrective Action/Issues Management processes.
  • Knowledge of nonconformance and deficiency reports for nonconforming or deficient items.
  • Knowledge of Root/Apparent Cause Analysis.


In accordance with Bechtel’s duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking. 


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.