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High Explosives Inventory Control Specialist

Entry Level | Full-time
Business Operations | livermore, CA | 07/20/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Explosives Inventory Control Specialist to evolve and administer the inventory management strategy and process for WCI Explosives Facilities at LLNL with travel to the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) as required.  You will assess requirements, while executing and coordinating the inventory of explosive materials across the LLNL Explosives Enterprise. You will modernize and utilize a computerized inventory tracking system to ensure that adequate oversight and control of explosive materials is maintained. The Explosives Inventory Control Specialist will monitor, store, and maintain Conventional and Insensitive High Explosives to meet daily distribution demands, while managing inventory to minimize excess supply. This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration Facilities and Operations Support organization (WCI/FOS) and reports to the HEAF Facility Manager.

In this role you will

  • Independently assess program requirements to evolve current system to develop and implement critical inventory management strategy across WCI facilities that will provide accountability, track and assist with movement of material, respond to inquiries, rationalize inventory, and manage disposition of unnecessary stock. 
  • Develop and implement a process for technical inspection, process and approve inbound/outbound shipments of explosives and related materials, investigate discrepancies and shortages, ensure regulatory compliance, respond to questions, and resolve day-to-day operations problems.
  • Recognize areas for improvements and implement appropriate solutions. Create and maintain procedural documentation for the primary inventory control functions and processes while ensuring the continuous accuracy and integrity of the inventory management system implemented. Perform regular cycle counts of inventory materials and assist in conducting physical inventory counts across all facilities.
  • Manage the receipt of bulk explosives, explosives components, and experimental assemblies; track and log items, disposition of material, outbound shipments, and related issues; document essential data on materials while adhering to strict auditing procedures and maintaining DOE Standard 1212-2019 compliance.
  • Maintain storage area forms, records, and databases.  Gather, analyze, and summarize data; generate various reports and provide metrics.
  • Act as main Point of Contact (POC) for all explosives inventory at Site 200 while assisting in the inventory of items located at NNSS.  Monitor and maintain current inventory; track critical compliance dates; work with owners to ensure testing is completed for ongoing compliance and safety; track orders and investigate problems; receive, unpack, and properly store explosive materials.
  • Assist in performing small scale explosive testing; utilize laboratory equipment and techniques to determine safety properties of various explosive materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. 
  • Associate Degree in a technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience in engineering or related field.
  • Advanced skills and understanding of inventory control and management processes, techniques and regulatory requirements.
  • Understanding of applicable federal and state regulations, including DOE procedures in the storage and handling of hazardous and/or explosive materials.
  • Experience independently completing complex technical tasks, coordinating, and executing operations, testing, and experiments with an understanding of sensitive data handling techniques, and general knowledge of records retention techniques.
  • Experience in computer-aided databases and/or warehousing operations, administrative planning, tracking tools, and collecting, tracking, and reporting performance data.
  • Ability to become an LLNL Explosives Handler.
  • Proficiency with computers and other standard office technology.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with suppliers, programmatic personnel, and management.  Experience speaking to small and large groups effectively.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Physical ability to lift 10 – 50 pounds.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Certified Explosives Handler
  • Bachelor’s degree in any STEM related field
  • Knowledge of and experience with LLNL policies and procedures.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  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.  An L or Q 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.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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