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Fire Protection Operations & Engineering Lead (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689719

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$75,900 - $146,200 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate¿s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a motivated Fire Protection Operations and Engineering Lead to work with customers and facility partners to define, develop, and engineer facility process system requirements and resources. This position will be responsible for direct execution of projects, improvement activities, and support of the Corporate Fire Protection Program to enable mission function and performance!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Design, develop, and document facilities work processes to include primary inputs, outputs, and expected work methods.

  • Analyze process design to reduce costs, improve work efficiencies, customer satisfaction, and performance.

  • Conduct Fire Protection assurance activities including audits, assessments, and corrective actions.

  • Drive and sustain maturation of the fire protection records management systems, processes, and procedures, and lead continual improvement efforts.

  • Plan and direct engineering and technical resources for facilities requirements related to fire protection.

  • Provide leadership and tactical planning for implementation of projects and apply engineering or other technical knowledge to achieve project objectives.

  • Identify potential facilities operational risks, develop risk mitigation strategies and corrective actions, and recommend risk acceptance or avoidance for facilities operations.

  • Develop metrics to assess programmatic health and make data driven decisions.

  • Recommend addition, expansion, or discontinuation of projects for the Corporate Fire Protection Program.

    The selected applicant can be a virtual worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. Regular or periodic travel to your assigned work location may be required.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or other relevant STEM field.

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in Business, Engineering, or relevant STEM field plus three (3) years of demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: process design, quality, fire protection, assurance, facilities management, and risk management.

  • Understanding of DOE Fire Protection Program activities.

  • Experience using Maximo and SAGE systems.

  • Ability to independently prioritize and complete multiple and competing assignments.

  • Proven ability to work in a team-focused environment and exercise discretion.

  • Strong writing, systems thinking, communication, facilitation, presentation, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to make decisions requiring scientific or engineering judgment.

  • Ability to develop creative and innovative solutions.

  • Knowledge of the technical or operational field of the assigned facilities area of responsibility.

About Our Team:

The Department of Building and Fire Safety at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is committed to protecting workers, the public, the environment, and property from fire and its related hazards through the execution of a comprehensive Corporate Fire Protection Program (CFPP). This commitment includes maintaining access to sufficient qualified, trained fire protection staff to effectively and efficiently implement the CFPP. The concepts of Highly Protected Risk and defense-in-depth are applied in a risked-based approach to comply with contractual requirements, to achieve DOE fire safety objectives and mission success, and to drive continuous improvement.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 689719

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sandia invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

Sandia is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodation in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need special assistance or accommodation, please send an email with your request to the Job Accommodation Specialist in (NM) . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.