Manufacturing Operations Lead

Date: May 12, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10746 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Manufacturing Operations Lead for the Isotope Processing and Manufacturing Division (IPMD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This position will reside in IPMD’s Operations Support Group and is focused on processes responsible for the reliable delivery of radioisotope products to support our world class radioisotope production program. This work supports the largest radioisotope production and research portfolio within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for Isotope R&D and Production. Work is performed in gloveboxes/shielded hot cells within several unique radiological and nuclear facilities throughout the ORNL campus.The Manufacturing Operations Lead position supports day-to-day operations by proactively managing activities that ensure compliant and reliable manufacturing operations. This position reports to IPMD’s Operations Support Group Leader and has accountability to the Division Director for conduct of operations, nuclear safety, and transition of new production processes to operations to enable safe and secure production operations.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Serve as IPMD’s lead for conduct of operations, nuclear safety, and transition of new production processes to operations to enable safe and secure production environment
  • Assist line management in developing and maintaining processes to achieve world class conduct of operations within IPMD.
  • Identify areas where ConOps program effectiveness or efficiency can be enhanced and work with cross-functional teams to bring about improvement to processes.
  • Serve as the system owner for the tools used for ConOps monitoring and issue resolution.
  • Monitor day-to-day activities to ensure execution meets expectations.
  • Assist line management in developing and maintaining processes to achieve world class nuclear safety program within IPMD.
  • Coordinate with ISED divisions and Production staff to ensure the flawless transition of new production processes/equipment to IPMD.
  • Develop a consolidated long-range plan and assessment strategy for conduct of operations and new process transition over a five-year planning horizon.
  • Assist the Operations Support Group Leader with other duties as assigned.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in technical, business, or related field, with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and applicable experience. 
  • Strong understanding of DOE O 422.1, Conduct of Operations.
  • A background of working within large organizations or complex projects that require planning, communications, reporting, and assessment, with demonstrated capabilities in each of these areas is required. 
  • Strong analytical and problem identification/resolution skills are required, along with a proven ability to work with both internal and external partners. Quality focused and detail-oriented. 
  • An understanding of manufacturing, quality, and maintenance processes.
  • Ability to work and communicate (written and oral) effectively with diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal oversight
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Teams)
  • Ability to hold and maintain a DOE security clearance is required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in business or engineering.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in a DOE production facility.
  • Proven ability to function well in a Production environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.
  • Experience with DOE safety, security, and regulatory requirements
  • Active DOE Q clearance


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

This position is a full-time staff position

About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.



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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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