Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104822
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 2 (TSS.2) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 3 (TSS.3)
Date Posted: February 08 2019

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has an opening for a multidiscipline Manufacturing and Supply Chain Engineer.  You will work as a liaison between various NIF engineering groups and other LLNL organizations to orchestrate requirements definition, project planning, configuration management, make-buy decisions, development of acquisition strategies, and associated execution on a variety of customized-commercial and NIF-designed scientific systems, along with a variety of ancillary hardware, and electronics, identifying opportunities to increase efficiency by implementing creative solutions and process improvements.  You will communicate concepts, designs, and methods developed by yourself and with scientific/engineering colleagues to suppliers while providing a means for incorporation of supplier-developed concepts, designs, and methods, in the final product and testing.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the TSS.2 or TSS.3 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.


Essential Duties

-  Independently develop sourcing solutions for NIF’s engineering groups while assisting with requirements definition, industry research, design for manufacturability, for prototyping and early fabrication/assembly/test of mechanical, electrical, optical, controls, systems.  

-  Follow defined policies and practices to build consensus on make-buy decisions, bid-to-award strategies, build-to-print vs. to-performance considerations, acquisition/contracting approach, etc.  Work closely with engineering/technical teams to ensure that all stakeholder needs are satisfied in a cost-efficient and schedule-compliant manner while meeting all the business and technical goals of the project. 

-  From study of CAD models/drawings, interviews with technical team members, and other resources, write and secure release of Statement of Works/Specifications, cost estimates, schedules, justifications, and other documents for each solicitation’s technical package.  From industry surveys, colleagues’ knowledge, develop bid lists by matching candidate suppliers’ technical capabilities with work-scopes.

-  Analyze suppliers’ proposals and technical data.  Interface with LLNL Procurement and other organizations to address technical and business issues. Status suppliers’ continued progress and ensure timely/successful completion. Provide regular updates to stakeholders; recognize when to develop and initiate work-around to obstacles.

-  Work with Manufacturer’s Resource Planning (MRP) Specialists to provide engineering solutions to a diverse range of moderate to complex issues that require analysis to advise engineering groups in their configuration of NIF’s MRP system for each new system: EBoM-to-MBoM creation (Engineering Bill-of-Material, Manufacturing Bill-of-Material), make-buy decisions, serialization considerations, structure of Work Orders, spares planning, structure of site registry.  Orchestrate regular meetings to review shortage reports.

-  Identify and address issues associated with each acquisition in safety, export control, intellectual property, legal/regulatory structures, configuration management, knowledge transfer, etc; look for opportunities to implement process improvements.

-  Visit various LLNL/NIF labs/assembly areas and travel to suppliers’ facilities to assess progress from a project-management perspective, determine and provide necessary guidance/assistance, identify and mitigate risks, etc.  Serve as technical point contact with select suppliers and associated subcontract analysts.  Use WebEx as an alternative to travel as appropriate.

-  Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, at the TSS.3 Level

-  Provide the overall vision of how to realize a complete product/system, then build consensus and “make-it-happen.”

-  Effectively engage as customer/driver for troubleshooting and extending NIF’s commercial-based/highly-customized Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP) system.

-  Identify inefficiencies in the organizational processes associated with the above activities and develop/implement improvements.


-  Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience with ability to perform independent work.

-  Comprehensive knowledge and experience in one or more of: research, design, analysis, prototyping, early fabrication/assembly/test, engineering data management, engineering-process improvement, configuration management, MRP, work control, or configuration management.

-  Experience managing multiple priorities on diverse engineering projects of moderately complex scopes which have included development of new technologies. 

-  Experience preparing requirements documents, statements of work/specifications, cost estimates, schedules, and other engineering reports.

-  Experience working in Windchill Product Lifecycle Management software and/or Configuration management system or equivalent.

-  Experience in work-breakdown, scheduling, cost-estimating, earned-value, configuration management, change control, and other project management tools.

-  Awareness of commercial/business practices and incentives.  Understanding of limitations resulting from various regulations typical in a taxpayer-funded environment.

-  Possess proficient written, verbal, feedback and presentation communication skills necessary to interact effectively with multi-disciplinary teams in various roles.

In addition, at the TSS.3 Level

- Significant experience in successful engineering and/or organizational-process re-design, including prior experience leading associated organizational change.

- Significant experience with implementation/configuration of an MRP system, with responsibility for user/organizational aspects.

- Significant experience building consensus, under minimal direction, across a wide-range of engineering and organizational disciplines.


Desired Qualifications

-  Master’s degree in Business or Engineering.

-  Experience with taxpayer-funded (e.g., state university or federal government) acquisition regulations, intellectual property practices, or export control guidelines. Experience working with classified/information/documents.

-  Experience in engineering of one or more of: high-vacuum systems, laser-mechanical, electro-optical systems, scientific, physics, high-speed electronics, pulse power, or nuclear diagnostic system.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


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