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Senior Coordinator for NIF Optics

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Senior Technical Coordinator.  You will support the Supply Chain Organization within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.  Responsibilities include specification, acquisition, fabrication oversight, source inspection and/or metrology for a variety of commercial and NIF-designed small and large optics, along with a variety of ancillary glass items, optics-metrology equipment, and optics-processing hardware (and at times, general mechanical and/or electrical hardware). This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties

- Initiate requisitions, secure approvals, and work with Subcontract Administrators to secure award of contracts.
- Inspect optics at suppliers’ facilities prior to authorizing shipments, assess progress, identify problems and provide necessary assistance.  Upon return, write reports, and follow-up on open issues.
- Provide regular detailed status updates and reports to supervisor and customers/requesters. Anticipate and reconcile supply problems, including technical factors affecting critical milestones.
- Provide advanced technical coordination support for set up and use of Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP) systems; breakdown of drawing packages, creation/maintenance of Manufacturing Bills of Materials (MBOMs), and issuance of Work Orders.
- Independently work with key personnel including vendors, requestors, LLNL Procurement, Production Control, NIF warehouse, LLNL Receiving, and engineering Mechanical shops for design, fabrication oversight, testing, procurement and support.
- Stage, transport, and deliver parts around the LLNL site; i.e., for secondary operations and/or staging of assembly/installation efforts; deliver or pick-up parts from local-area suppliers.
- Perform complex technical tasks such as the operation of the small optics warehouse and performing optics metrology (including inspection for laser damage).
- Serve as Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative and point-contact with supplier(s), recognizing and addressing all issues necessary for successful completion. Provide Technical Release Representative (TRR) services (requiring purchasing items with use of a LLNL-issued credit card).
- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Associate's degree in mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing technology; or equivalent combination of education and related training and technical work experience.
- Advanced skills and understanding of optical materials; a wide range of optical finishing, coating, metrology (especially interferometry and surface profiling), surface-quality inspection, and testing methods/issues.
- Advanced understanding of the acquisition process; approval, bid, award, inspection/acceptance, receive, reconciliation, close-out; ability to engage the LLNL Procurement staff.
- Intermediate knowledge of optical metrology, inspection and certifications.
- Knowledge of MRP, parts tracking, process flow, staging of material, and warehouse operations.
- Effective interpersonal, teamwork, and multitasking skills.  Effective written, verbal and feedback communication skills for interacting with suppliers regarding their subcontract submittals.
- Ability to complete LLNL’s TRR training; thereafter, ability to maintain TRR certification for placing credit-card orders while remaining in full-compliance with TRR program procedures.
- Ability to travel, safely drive pick-up trucks, lift up to 25 pounds, and secure loads.

Desired Qualifications

- Experience proofing NIF Requisition packages for completeness.
- Completion of LLNL’s TRR training/certification program.

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.

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.  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.

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

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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