Production Engineering Manager

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Closing date
7 Jun 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:

$192,660- $259,584 annually for the SEL.4 level

$231,150- $311,472 annually for the SEL.5 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 openings for Production Engineering Managers to lead industry supply chain activities for a $500M scientific portfolio. 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 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 options. As a liaison between various 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. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

These positions 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 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 in 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

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.

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.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the go-to laboratory for science and technology solutions to the toughest and most important problems affecting national and global security. If you are interested in contributing to pushing the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address national security issues, then we invite you to apply.

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