Chief Operating Officer (COO), Business Management
Business Management (Fxxx)
 Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho National Laboratory is actively seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) for our Business Management (BM) team, reporting directly to the CFO. This individual will also act as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Business Management team consists of approximately 300 geographically dispersed staff among seven divisions: Planning & Budget Formulation, General Accounting, Planning & Financial Controls, Project Management Office, Acquisitions & Contracts Management, and Business Systems. Each of these divisions has an outstanding and vital function in enabling support to the mission of INL!

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to lead, be a change agent, understand the lab system, and have some functional knowledge in all directorate functions (Contracts/Finance/Project Management). We're seeking a strategic thinker with exceptional communication skills and the ability to get things done while exercising sound change management principles. We need an influencer who can garner buy-in for change from stake holders and upper management.

We offer a comprehensive relocation package, exceptional benefits, and a flexible 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off). Come see what makes INL special and apply today!

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Set the workforce’s performance, effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, safety, evaluation, and management/internal control standards commensurate with strategic objectives.
  • Business Assurance – Ensures appropriate business controls are in place and operating efficiently and optimally. Confirm compliance with applicable regulations and Laboratory policies and procedures. Verify effective training and deployment of business requirements.
  • Strategic Planning – Ensures key goals, priorities, values, and other issues are considered in making program decisions.
  • Human Resources Management – Leads Succession Planning and Development Planning efforts for the Directorate. Provide opportunities, career development, coaching and mentoring, and training.
  • Program Development – Assures that programs and policies are being implemented and adjusted as vital, that the appropriate results are being achieved, and that a process for continually examining the quality of program activities is in place.
  • Business Systems - Assists with acquisition and administration of business and information resources. Helps to set the direction for the Laboratory’s business system strategy and implementation. Assists in setting the resource priorities and budget requests for the BM organization (Integrated Priority List, etc.)
  • Organizational Representation and Liaison –Develop and maintain internal and external relations to achieve strategic and operational outcomes. This role is encouraged to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations and organizational units.
  • Fosters a working environment where people work together cooperatively and effectively to achieve the organization’s goals. Works with other Division Directors organizing work and setting priorities.


  • Must be a US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Security Clearance
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business and 15 years of relevant experience or MBA and 12 years
  • Demonstrated senior level experience in leading a large and sophisticated business organization.
  • Ability to interpret and integrate policy, and to exercise control and managerial oversight of projects and programs.
  • Demonstrated executive-core abilities in strategic vision, management system structure, human resource management, business systems development and operations, financial management, contract and procurement management and administration, program development and evaluation, resource planning and management, and organizational development.
  • Department of Energy experience preferred, ideally at a National Laboratory

Job Information:

  • Salary Grade: 260

Certifications: Testing Designated Position (TDP)

Surveillances: n/a

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

INL Mission

Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision

Our vision is to change the world’s energy future and secure our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements

To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see

Equal Employment Opportunity

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Benefits, Salary, and Relocation

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