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Supply Chain Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/10/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$136,500.00  - $175,272.00  Annually for the TSS.3 level

$163,740.00  - $210,288.00  Annually for the TSS.4 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for multi-disciplined Supply Chain Engineers.  This work will take place within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, home to the world’s most energetic laser.  It is an exciting time to join the team that achieved fusion ignition in December 2022, a historic moment in science, opening up new physics regimes and setting the stage for new fusion energy possibilities.

You will work with various NIF engineering groups and other LLNL organizations to help define product requirements, plan projects, determine make/buy acquisition strategies, and execute fabrication and/or procurement decisions for various customized-commercial and NIF-designed scientific systems, along with a variety of ancillary hardware, electronics, and more.  You will be the primary interface between program engineering, NIF purchasing, supply chain management and the various suppliers/manufacturers in the definition, contracting, manufacturing, delivery, cleanliness and storage. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division in the LLNL Engineering Directorate. 

These positions will be filled at either level depending on qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role, you will:

  • Manage the acquisition of hardware, supporting producibility and manufacturability by providing solutions to complex problems, working between program engineering teams, purchasing, supply chain management, and suppliers to define, contract, manufacture, clean and deliver various programmatic products.
  • Execute, maintain, and track schedules, milestones, and action items in the procurement of complex hardware that may not initially be well defined, utilizing advanced verbal and written communication skills to provide project status updates to involved stakeholders.
  • Review drawings for technical content and manufacturability, participate in formal and informal design reviews, and ensure compliance to all technical and contractual requirements.
  • Produce the technical procurement package: SOW (including requirements and design for manufacturability), specifications, schedules, cost estimates, justifications, and other documents that are required for a solicitation involving the prototyping and early fabrication/ assembly/ test of complex mechanical, electrical, and optical systems.
  • Analyze supplier proposals and technical data and participate in the vendor selection process.
  • Ensure timely and accurate completion by working with LLNL Procurement and other organizations and applying judgment within broadly defined policies and practices to develop solutions to address complex technical and business issues, monitoring supplier progress.
  • Provide expertise to engineering groups and Manufacturer Resource Planning (MRP) Specialists regarding configuration of NIF’s MRP system for each new system including EBoM-to-MBoM (Engineering to Manufacturing Bill of Materials) creation, make-buy decisions, serialization considerations, structure of Work Orders, spares planning, and structure of site registry.
  • Identify and perform in-depth analysis to address issues associated with each acquisition in safety, export control, intellectual property, legal/regulatory structures, configuration management, and knowledge transfer.
  • Travel, as required, to various LLNL/NIF labs/assembly areas and supplier facilities to assess progress from a project-management perspective, providing necessary guidance while identifying and mitigating risks.  Serve as the technical point of contact with suppliers and associated subcontract analysts. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.4 level

  • Provide solutions to highly complex issues/problems where a high degree of ambiguity exists around techniques and approaches including in-depth analysis of intangible factors and working with vendors through successful completion.
  • Use independent judgment and provide consultative direction and/or leadership to others performing similar work, including setting a broad vision for accomplishing tasks, setting objectives, and acting as a group spokesperson and subject matter expert.
  • Develop new ideas, modifies approaches and/or redefines requirements that impact operations or directions.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Industrial, Chemical), or material science or industrial technology or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in a wide range of conventional and advanced fabrication and/or manufacturing methods, ideally including high-precision fabrication and assembly.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience with requirements development and engineering drawings including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) as well as ability to perform analysis of engineering testing process.
  • Significant experience preparing requirements documents, statements of work/specifications, cost estimates, schedules, and other engineering reports.
  • Ability to take initiative to independently develop innovative solutions for successful complex project execution while tracking multiple projects through completion and providing updates to involved stakeholders.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment including presenting and explaining complex technical information, while providing assessments/recommendations to management and influencing multi-discipline teams.
  • Ability to travel to onsite and offsite supplier facilities

Additional qualifications at the TSS.4 level

  • Highly advanced expertise in industry engineering standards for the lifecycle of  highly complex mechanical, electrical, and optical prototyping through testing, including determining vendor outsourcing strategies.
  • Substantial experience performing in-depth research and analysis of highly complex and intangible engineering and supply chain factors, making recommendations, and leading objectives.
  • Subject matter expertise and substantial experience acting in a mentorship and/or leadership role to either a highly complex engineering or technical supply chain function within a large organization.
  • Significant supplier management and oversight experience.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working with DOE/DOD supply chain processes.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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