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Production Engineering Manager

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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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 a Production Engineering Manager to lead industry supply chain activities for a $500M scientific portfolio.  You will lead multiple teams to manage a Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system, plan projects and extract component, assembly, and system requirements, determine procurement and/or manufacture strategies, advise on materials with considerations for cleanliness and radiological exposure, assess design manufacturability, and consult on Additive Manufacturing (AM) options.  As a liaison between various National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) groups and other LLNL organizations, you will lead efforts to communicate concepts, designs and methods 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, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Lead a team to provide engineering and manufacturing solutions for work that is frequently not well defined for NIF&PS’s Engineering groups by extracting requirements from design teams, performing design analysis, leading strategies for make-buy decisions, prototyping options, and fabrication/assembly/test of mechanical, electrical, optical hardware, and associated controls systems. 
  • Apply principles of engineering, physics, materials science and knowledge of fabrication methods to lead teams working with highly complex problems requiring in-depth analysis of multiple tangible and intangible factors to ensure that systems, subsystems, and parts will perform as required, and can be readily fabricated/assembled, installed/commissioned, maintained, and repaired.
  • Work closely with program managers to direct technical tasks and set broad engineering procurement and manufacturing strategies to ensure that stakeholder needs are satisfied in a cost-efficient and schedule-compliant manner while meeting the business and technical goals of the project. 
  • Analyze internal/external proposals and technical data.  Interface with LLNL Procurement and other organizations as a subject matter expert to address design and integration issues over a wide range of disciplines and specialty groups.
  • Develop new ideas and modify approaches in determining methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria used to fabricate and/or integrate component, assemblies, and systems.
  • Identify and manage issues in safety, export control, intellectual property, legal/regulatory structures, manufacturability, knowledge transfer, and process improvement.
  • 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 of contact with select suppliers and associated contract analysts.
  • Provide regular status updates to advise senior management, vendors, and external sponsors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Anticipate and navigate make-buy/acquisition challenges with expert knowledge of engineering practices (SME level) and business acumen; in particular, matching candidate suppliers’ technical capabilities with various work-scopes required.
  • Identify inefficiencies in the organizational processes associated with the above activities and apply, lead, and/or develop cutting-edge principles, theories, and concepts for improvement.
  • Provide the overall vision of how to realize a complete product/system; effectively engage as customer/driver for troubleshooting and extending NIF’s commercial-based/highly-customized Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system.
  • Engage with other LLNL organizations to develop and implement best practices for supply chain management.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Subject Matter Expert knowledge and experience of highly advanced technical and manufacturing concepts with responsibility for research, design, analysis, prototyping, and early fabrication/assembly/test.
  • Ability to lead a team and manage multiple priorities on unique and diverse engineering projects of highly complex scopes which have included development of new technologies. 
  • Highly advanced experience preparing requirements documents, statements of work/specifications, cost estimates, schedules, and other engineering reports.
  • Highly advanced 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.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external vendors.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  • Expert knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies for mechanical, electrical, and optical design and manufacturing.
  • Extensive experience and ability to apply, lead, and develop cutting-edge principles theories, concepts, and technologies for the design and manufacture of mechanical, electrical and optical components, assemblies, and systems.
  • Extensive experience with implementation of a MRP system, with leadership responsibility for user/organizational aspects.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Advanced degree in engineering, with an additional degree or experience in business.
  • Experience with university (taxpayer-funded) or federal government’s acquisition regulations, intellectual property practices, and export control concerns.
  • Experience with engineering of one or more of: high-vacuum systems, laser-mechanical, electro-optical systems, scientific, physics, or nuclear diagnostic systems.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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