One minute with Bob Cibic, procurement supervisor

Bob Cibic purchases lab materials in the Procurement Department. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you worked at Fermilab?
I’ve been here for 21 years, and I’d have to say it’s the best employer I’ve ever worked for. I was assigned to work as the first project procurement liaison for NOvA nine years ago.

Describe a typical workday.
It varies from day to day. I buy the hardware — such as power tubes and amplifiers — for many of the research projects on site. I work with suppliers, physicists, engineers and many other types of professionals. Buying certain materials may also require international coordination through customs of different countries.

I supervise seven other procurement administrators, and I am also involved in procurement training.

What’s the best part of your job?
I think it’s important to save money for the lab so it can be used for other requirements. I enjoy getting involved with different types of physics projects and having a range of responsibilities in acquiring goods and services for the laboratory.

What is your philosophy as a supervisor?
I believe in doing the best I can to motivate. With my employees, I try to not micromanage but mentor. I enjoy teaching and helping.

How did you become interested in this line of work?
I took an entry level procurement position at another company and found the job very satisfying. I like negotiating and saving money, so the position was a good fit.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy riding my bicycle on the Illinois Prairie Path and try to ride 2,000 miles per year. I also enjoy traveling to Europe with my wife.

What’s something people may not know about you?
My wife and I are involved in pet therapy. For the past eight years, we’ve taken our border collie to a retirement community. It really brings smiles to the residents’ faces.

Amanda Solliday

If there is an employee you’d like to see profiled in an upcoming issue of Fermilab Today, please email today@fnal.gov.