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Line-Item Construction Operations Lead (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 690889

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Would you like to join a dynamic facilities team responsible for delivering capital construction projects for Sandia? If so, you could be the experienced Operations and Engineering Lead we are seeking to join our team!

The Capital Acquisition Project Management Department is seeking an experienced Operations and Engineering Lead to support the construction of line-item building and infrastructure projects.

In this role, you can expect a fast-paced environment where you will support the execution of two (or more) large (>$100M) construction efforts.

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

  • Collaborate with a matrixed team of internal Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Line Customers, Contractors, Facilities Managers, and other Internal/External Stakeholders to support the execution of line-item projects in accordance with DOE Order 413.3B.

  • Support various assurance and reporting efforts; on boarding efforts, acquisition planning and procurement efforts; financial planning and budgeting efforts; internal and external communication efforts; lastly, Earned Value Management training and certification efforts.

  • Research, evaluate, and implement solutions to complex line-item challenges.

  • Work across line-item projects to ensure consistent project execution.

  • Coordinate with the CapAx Program Management Organization to develop processes, procedures, tools, and templates to support the execution of line-item construction projects.

  • Interact with Federal Projects Directors (FPD), M&O Peers, and other Subject Matter Experts on CapAx standards to ensure alignment with complex-wide best practices.

  • Coordinate work with Project Managers, Control Account Managers (CAMs), Construction Managers, and additional members of the work force.

This position is eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline plus five (5) years relevant experience; or Master's degree in relevant field plus one (1) year of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Current Project Management Professional (PMP) or other relevant certification.

  • Familiarity with continual improvement best practices.

  • Experience with DOE Order 413.3b.

  • Experience with Sandia’s procurement, financial, and project management tools and procedures.

  • Excellent communication skills to accurately articulate the needs, deadlines, and risks to internal team members and external partners.

  • Visibility into the processes of Sandia’s mission support organizations that interface with Capital Projects.

  • Ability to see ‘big picture’ across the labs’ systems to ensure relevant stakeholders are engaged to interface at the correct stages of the project.

About Our Team:

The Capital Acquisition Project Management department is responsible for the execution of capital construction projects within the overarching portfolio that meet the requirements of DOE O413.3B.

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.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE 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 obtain and 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.

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.

Job ID: 690889

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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

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