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Supply Chain and Manufacturing/Fabrication Project Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 06/07/2022

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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 multiple openings for multi-disciplined Supply Chain and Manufacturing/Fabrication Project Engineers.  You will work with various National Ignition Facility (NIF) engineering groups and other LLNL organizations to help staff 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.  Assignments may include providing services to an on-site high-precision assembly operation.  You will communicate concepts, designs, and methods developed in collaboration with scientific/engineering colleagues to suppliers while providing a means for incorporation of supplier-developed concepts, designs, methods, etc. in the final product and testing.  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

  • Develop engineering sourcing solutions for NIF’s engineering groups including responsibility for requirements definition, industry research, design for manufacturability involving the prototyping and early fabrication/assembly/test of complex mechanical, electrical, optical systems.  
  • Build consensus on make-buy decisions, bid-to-award strategies, build-to-print vs. design-and-build [to-performance-specification] considerations, acquisition/contracting approaches while collaborating with technical teams to ensure that all stakeholder needs are satisfied in a cost-efficient and schedule-compliant manner.
  • 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.  Compare to industry surveys, colleague’s knowledge to develop bid lists by matching supplier technical capabilities with work-scopes.
  • Analyze supplier proposals and technical data. Interface with LLNL Procurement and other organizations to address complex technical and business issues, monitoring supplier progress to ensure timely and accurate completion.
  • Work with Manufacturer Resource Planning (MRP) Specialists to advise engineering groups regarding configuration of NIF’s MRP system for each new system including EBoM-to-MBoM creation, make-buy decisions, serialization considerations, structure of Work Orders, spares planning, and structure of site registry. Orchestrate regular meetings to review shortage reports.
  • 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.
  • Visit various LLNL/NIF labs/assembly areas and travel to 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.  Use WebEx as an alternative to travel as appropriate.
  • Provide regular status updates to stakeholders; perform in-depth analysis to address and overcome project obstacles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.4 level

  • Act as a subject matter expert for industry engineering parameters involved with the lifecycle of mechanical, electrical, and optical prototypes through testing and vendor outsourcing, including working with highly complex technical requirements that frequently are not well-defined.
  • Develop highly complex strategies for successfully working with vendors to fulfill mission critical tasks that may require in-depth analysis of intangible factors.
  • 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.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience in one or more areas: research, design, analysis, prototyping, early fabrication/assembly/test, engineering data management, engineering-process improvement, configuration management, and MRP.
  • Utilizing creativity and ingenuity, ability to manage multiple priorities on diverse engineering projects of complex scopes which have included development of new technologies. 
  • Significant experience preparing requirements documents, statements of work/specifications, cost estimates, schedules, and other engineering reports.
  • Advanced knowledge in a wide range of conventional and advanced fabrication and/or manufacturing methods, ideally including high-precision fabrication and assembly.
  • Significant experience in work-breakdown, scheduling, cost-estimating, earned-value, configuration management, change control, and other project management tools.
  • Ability to travel to local supplier facilities on an as needed basis.
  • 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.

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 factor, making recommendations, and setting 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.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with taxpayer-funded (e.g., state university or federal government) acquisition regulations, intellectual property practices, export control guidelines, etc.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

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

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 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

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.  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.

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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