One minute with Bill Koncelik, BSS procurement supervisor

Bill Koncelik oversees the procurement of supplies, equipment and services for Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you been at Fermilab?
I have worked at Fermilab for 23 years. I started here as a contract administrator in 1989. I was promoted to senior procurement administrator in 2000 and procurement supervisor in 2011.

What is a typical day for you like?
In a typical day I respond to e-mails and phone calls from requestors looking to buy supplies or services, attend meetings, issue requests for proposals and award subcontracts to vendors.

I manage nine administrators and oversee the procurement of supplies, equipment and services for the lab, including IT equipment, computer software, electrical and electronic components, stockroom items, services and utilities, including water, sewer and natural gas.

How did you become interested in this line of work?
I was looking to advance my career as a buyer at Brookhaven National Lab and noticed a job opening at Fermilab. My wife and I were interested in moving at the time and thought this would be a great opportunity. I was fortunate Fermilab offered me a job as contract administrator.

What do you enjoy best about working at the lab?
I like that no day is the same. I learn something new every day. It’s a very special job—there are a multitude of different things to buy for the lab throughout the year.

I get a lot of satisfaction from helping requestors. I also enjoy the fact that I am helping the lab advance its mission and achieve its goals in particle physics.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve recently bought for the lab?
The NML superfluid cryogenic plant about two years ago. It cost approximately $8 million and won’t be completely delivered to the lab until this fall. A lot of engineering was involved in its design, and its components are being shipped to Fermilab from the United States and Europe.

What’s next for you?
I enjoy working at Fermilab and I’m very happy with my job right now. I look forward to the future of the lab.

What do you like to do for fun?
I live in Batavia which is a great place to raise a family. In the summer, I occasionally ride my bike to work and swim laps during lunch at the Fermilab pool. I am also a member of the Fermilab garden club and enjoy growing vegetables for family and friends.

Sarah Khan

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