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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Materials Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Fabrication Engineering Group provides fabrication engineering and materials management for both mechanical and electronic projects using state-of-the-art technology. The group is involved from the initial design and material sourcing through manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test, and works with program teams to influence schedule and budget. The group continually investigates innovative fabrication technologies to assess their utility for Laboratory efforts. Facilities include a machine shop with a wide range of computer-aided machine tools, plus sheet metal, polymer, and mechanical inspection facilities. Recent equipment investments in 5-axis milling, 3D printing, and diamond turning are now on line. In the electronics area, capabilities include circuit-board design, assembly, inspection, and failure analysis. The group also supports the Laboratory's environmental test requirements with vibration shakers, thermal chambers, vacuum chambers, and clean rooms.

Job Description

Supervise activities of 10 -15 planning specialists managing part sourcing, planning, and production control in several technology areas:

+ + Electronic component sourcing, planning, and circuit board assembly

  • Build-to-print mechanical part fabrication

  • Cable and harness component procurements and assembly

Develop and execute plan to evaluate and assess vendors for quality and/or outsourcing opportunities

Program manage all fabrication activities for conventional programs; including reporting status and resolving issues

Ensure that group and lab fabrication processes are employed effectively; lead development and documentation of planner standard practices, including implementation of planner workflows in new product lifecycle management (PLM) system

Oversee on-time-delivery assessments and resulting process efficiency improvements

Assign planning staff to program teams; monitor planner workload and adjust program supoprt as needed

Assist with forecasting future work for capacity planning; balance internal resources and outsourcing capabilities

Interface with departments and divisions lab-wide, including Finance, Contracdting, Property, Program Management Office, and Mission Assurance

Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing, operations management, or technical field and 5 years relevant experience; or 2 year Associates degree or certification in electronics or mechanical field with 10 years relevant experience.


    • Daily supervision of 10-15 materials/parts planners.
  • Manufacturing program/operations/NPI management

  • 5 – 10 years performing electronic and mechanical part sourcing, planning and production control


    • Prior experience with aerospace or medical products management in a job shop environment
  • Exemplary interpersonal, teaming, planning, verbal and written communication, and organizational skills.


Relevant Experience

Relevant Education/Certification/License

Communication Skills

People Management


Computer Skills

Customer Focus

Decision Making/Judgment

Managing Technology

Meeting Management

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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