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Tennessee Valley Authority Project Manager, Senior - 512043 in CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee

Project Manager, Senior - 512043

Job ID:512043Location:CHATTANOOGA, TNRegular/Temporary:


Project Manager, Senior - 512043

Organization: Human Resources & Communications

Department: Strategic Performance

Location: Chattanooga, Nashville or Knoxville, Tennessee

Posting Open: 10/12/2021

Posting Close: 10/19/2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Salary: Competitive

In compliance with federal vaccination requirements, TVA employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021. Offers of employment for this position are contingent upon receipt of acceptable documentation proving that the candidate is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their established start date.

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The Senior Project Manager is assigned to highly complex projects, is the primary point of contact for each project, and assumes the leadership role in managing the project to ensure safety, environmental, quality, budget, and schedule goals are met.

The Senior Project Manager will apply professional principles, practices, and techniques; will lead and supervise professionals and large complex technical teams; will set direction and prioritize resources to meet TVA’s objectives; is responsible for the overall planning, coordination, monitoring and controlling, quality, implementation, execution, and completion, within cost and schedule, of assigned projects. Resource availability and project objectives will guide and inform decisions.

Successful project outcomes are achieved through collaboration, negotiation, and influencing of assigned project teams, as well as internal and external stakeholders, over whom the Senior Project Manager may have no formal authority.


Supervisory Responsibility— May supervise others. Will lead dedicated, multi-disciplined teams assigned to the project.

Budget Responsibility— Capability to manage highly complex projects in a portfolio of highly complex projects, as described in TVA-SPP-34-series.

Stakeholders— Asset owners, internal and external customers.


  • In compliance with all TVA processes and procedures, lead and manage projects from initial planning phase to closure, including post-project analysis.

  • Ensure projects are consistent with TVA project management strategy and policies, and in accordance with Federal, State, and Local regulations.

  • Support negotiations and implementation of pre-contract agreements prior to the issue and approval of formal contract documents.

  • Implement post-contract settlements with contractors at the end of the project.

  • Communicate in a tactful and sensitive manner while interfacing with external customers, news media, attorneys, and elected officials, regarding issues that may be sensitive in nature.

  • May interface with state and federal regulatory agencies, e.g., DOE, NRC, etc.

  • Fully develop project management plans, including, but not limited to, scope, schedule, cost, risk, safety, quality, performance measurements, etc.

  • Ensure projects are managed using required project management software tools.

  • Identify project risk and develop mitigation plans to minimize risk exposure.

  • Plan and develop project schedules, including milestones.

  • Employ sound cost estimating practices to prepare budget proposals.

  • Coordinate with other TVA organizations to ensure efficient use of TVA resources.

  • Ensure qualified experienced personnel, including contractor personnel, are assigned to the project.

  • Secure resources required to achieve project goals.

  • Assign responsibilities and provide direction and support to project team.

  • Conduct effective performance evaluations and mentor those with less experience.

  • Work collaboratively with staff to maintain thorough knowledge of project status and ensure communications are precise.

  • Track and manage project progress, milestones, and deliverables.

  • Present reports defining project progress, problems, and solutions.

  • Assess project issues, identify, and implement solutions to meet project goals.

  • Solve technical and non-technical problems throughout the life of the project.

  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and develop contingency plans.

  • If necessary, issue stop work order when an adverse risk is identified.

  • If necessary, recommend and seek approval for budget changes.

  • Effectively communicate project expectations to management, end users, and stakeholders.

  • Proactively communicate project status, issues, and risks to management.

  • Actively direct/manage multi-discipline teams, including internal and external resources.

  • Coordinate, monitor, and control work performed by internal and external resources.

  • Ensure project-related documents are complete, current, stored, and archived appropriately.

  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


    Education– Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business management, technical field, or equivalent education, training and/or related work experience. Master’s degree preferred, but not required.

    Experience– Requires ten years utility project manager experience, or equivalent functional area work experience, including three years of increased responsibilities leading project teams and project management experience. Requires specialized extensive knowledge of project management techniques, experience to solve complex problems, and practical experience in project scoping and cost estimating. Ability to look beyond existing methodologies and own discipline to define and resolve complex problems.

    Certification/License, etc.— Project Management Institute (PMI) certification as Project Management Professional (PMP) is required within 2-years of assignment to the Senior Project Manager position.

    Demonstrated desire to excel in professional field of study, as demonstrated by Certification/Licensure in professional field of study, e.g., PE, CPA, CFP, etc. (preferred, but not required).

    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities— Project management professionals must possess a combination of communication, technical, leadership, strategic, and business management expertise, as well as the ability to learn and keep pace with technology.

    Personnel assigned to manage projects must have the skills, ability, and experience commensurate with the size and complexity of assigned projects.

    TVA-SPP-34-series governs project management at TVA.

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 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).

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