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Manufacturing Specialist

Date: Dec 6, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9435 


The Supply Chain Group within the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) seeks applications for a Manufacturing Specialist position with experience in the areas of material management, production control and planning to support enrichment technology programs. The Enrichment Science and Engineering Division serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring enriched stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications including scientific discovery, life­saving medical treatments, industry use, and national security. This position reports to the Supply Chain Group Leader. The selected candidate will work with project staff to consistently deliver enrichment hardware of exceptional quality in support of national security and medical isotope missions by driving the development of advanced manufacturing capabilities required to deploy cutting edge enrichment technologies at scale. This position requires strong understanding of manufacturing processes, configuration management principles, quality assurance, and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) related system modules and how they provide an industry-focused solution to organization requirements.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain production data integrity within our ERP software (SAP B1) to ensure the optimization of project planning, execution, and control of production schedules. Ensure master data, work order statuses, routings, and quantities are all up to date and correct.
  • Plan, release, schedule, and track manufacturing work orders from inception at order entry through to completion of production by using our ERP system and our Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) system.
  • Perform the activities associated with Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) transactions
  • Execute the timely completion on a variety of requests for manufacturing records, procedures of products, processes, and system information regarding the portfolio of products manufactured.
  • Identify/coordinate continuous improvements such a 5S and lean manufacturing techniques.
  • Perform warehousing tasks from shipping/receiving, material kitting, and cycle counting
  • Engage with cross functional teams including technicians, manufacturing engineer, process engineers, quality, production leads, supply chain process owners, and program engineering to meet manufacturing needs.
  • Participate in the tracking of manufacturing performance metrics.
  • Additional duties as assigned by leadership.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Business Administration, Engineering, related field or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of experience in a buyer/planner material scheduler role working for direct manufacturing
  • Applied knowledge of forecasting, MRP, supply chain, inventory management and warehousing disciplines
  • Sound knowledge of supply chain processes and procedures including manufacturing planning, demand, and replenishment processes
  • Self-motivated and directed with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience communicating/briefing leadership personnel, support staff, and customers to maintain a sustainable working relationship


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with SAP/ERP systems
  • Experience in a Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC)
  • Inventory Control and material handling knowledge
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently with limited supervision
  • Independent thinker capable of working in a collaborative environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio) and other computer applications/programs
  • Active or Ability to obtain a DOE Q Security Clearance

Special Requirements:

Physical Requirements:

Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


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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