Manufacturing Operations Support Lead

Date: May 15, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10754 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Manufacturing Operations Support 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 administrative 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 Support 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 risk management, training, quality assurance, continuous improvement, and safe and secure production operations.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

Serve as IPMD’s interface for integrated safety management, procedure management, occupational safety and health, quality assurance, radiation protection, training/qualifications, waste management, and environmental compliance. Develop systems for compliance, risk management, continuous improvement, and planning/reporting processes.



  • Develop and manage a formalized process for identifying and managing the flow-down of requirements; the application of the graded approach to quality; and for identifying, correcting, tracking, and trending of program and performance deficiencies through the development of corrective action plans
  • Work directly with all levels of Safety, Security, Nuclear Facilities, Performance Assurance, and Quality personnel to establish a close working relationship to ensure that IPMD adheres to programmatic requirements (e.g., DOE Writers Guide, Safety Basis Technical Specifications, Quality Assurance Program [NQA-1] and DOE O 422.1, Conduct of Operations, for nuclear and non-nuclear documents).
  • Collaborate with Operations Support Group Leader, division management, and administrative staff on the schedule for upcoming deliverables (internal and external), and assists with collection of final input. Coordinate with staff to ensure that deliverables are completed on time and meets expectations.


        Risk Management

  • Develop and implement IPMD’s risk management program. Assess and identify risks that could impede the reputation, safety, security, and mission success.


       Continuous Improvement

  • Develop, implement, and conduct internal management and independent assessments to ensure requirements are met for worker health and safety, efficient work practices, ISM, quality assurance, and management controls.
  • Manage data collection for the updating metrics to achieve productivity targets, reduce cost per unit, eliminate errors, and deliver excellent customer service.
  • Record findings and recommendations and assists with managing corrective actions.
  • Oversee and report weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual metrics.



  • Work closely with Operations Support Group Leader and Division Director on other special planning and departmental projects.
  • Manage the division highlights process.
  • Assist with preparation of reports, including Performance Evaluation Measurement Plan (PEMP) notable outcome status, input to Lab Plan, Lab Agenda, quarterly input to the Annual Report, and programmatic/sponsor reports.  
  • 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.



Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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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