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Semiconductor Production Manager

Malibu, CA, USA Req #546
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.


Join the team responsible for delivering cutting-edge microelectronics innovations at HRL Laboratories, a world leader in applied research for the Defense, Aerospace, and Automotive industries. We seek an experienced leader with strong technical skills to fill the position of Semiconductor Production Manager at the Microfabrication Technology Laboratory (MTL) at HRL. The employee in this position will play a critical role in improving manufacturing operations and quality for a highly diverse mix of semiconductor technologies.


Coordinate production control functions across the three major MTL departments to achieve high on-time delivery (OTD) for both internal and external customers.

Improve manufacturing discipline using techniques including but not limited to statistical process control (SPC) and lean manufacturing.

Improve cleanroom organization including both the physical infrastructure and the logistics associated with lot movement.

Enforce documentation and training discipline and help migrate current practices to a new manufacturing execution system (MES).

Work with the Equipment Support Group (ESG) to minimize the impact of scheduled tool downtime.

Work with process engineering teams and the Quality Assurance department to improve product quality by assisting and sometimes leading root cause investigations and corrective action implementations.

Report on KPIs regularly, clearly, to help MTL drive production and quality improvements.


At least 10 years of experience in a technical leadership role in a microfabrication environment.

Experience with hands-on wafer processing.

Strong ability and interest in people management, project management, and change management practices and the ability to multi-task across these roles.

Expertise in six sigma and lean manufacturing methodologies.

Strong technical writing, presentation, and communication skills.

Knowledge of compound semiconductors such as GaN, InP, and GaAs and/or of MEMS processing is desirable.


Must be able to work in a cleanroom environment.


Bachelors or Masters Degree in a scientific/engineering discipline with 10+ years of experience in semiconductor fabrication operations.

Formal or informal training in six sigma methodologies and lean manufacturing.


Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is a plus.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Malibu, CA, USA