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Line-Item Construction Project Manager (Distinguished)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691150

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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:

We are seeking an experienced Facilities Engineering Project Manager to join our Capital Acquisition Project Management Department, and provide project management services for line-item building and infrastructure projects. Line-Item construction projects are greater than $30M in value and support current and future mission needs for NNSA.

The successful candidate will work with a matrixed project team consisting of NNSA/Program Customers, Contractors, Technical partners, Mission Enabling partners, and Facilities Management to ensure new buildings, infrastructure, and building modifications/upgrades are performed and completed in a timely manner and within scope, budget, and quality expectations. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

  • Identify, develop, and lead a construction project team with a total project cost in excess of $300M

  • Develop project plans, schedules, and milestones and all required documents associated within the DOE order 413.3B Critical Decision (CD) process.

  • Partner with the Federal Projects Director (FPD) or the Federal Program Manager (FPM) assigned by NNSA.

  • Collaborate with Project Management Office (PMO) to train the project team on how to implement DOE Order 413.3, EIA-748, and Earned Value Management (EVM).

  • Employ standard project management practices including: project plan development and control, scope management, project scheduling, cost estimation and management, quality assurance, project staffing, communications planning and management, risk and opportunity management, EVM, and procurement management.

  • Partner with matrixed Control Account Managers, Project Managers, Project Controllers, Schedulers, and Cost Analysts.

  • Work directly with Design and Construction Suppliers, administer Architecture & Engineering (A&E) contracts, and coordinate design and construction activities.

  • Understand technical tasks sufficiently to identify time requirements and task dependencies.

  • Manage technical resources within budget and project schedule.

  • Lead quality control, contract compliance, and contract interpretations.

  • Coordinate with Customers and Facilities Management on scope, cost, schedule, quality and change requests for all assigned projects.

  • Prioritize and manage numerous tasks.

  • Ensure compliance with Corporate and Facilities requirements and be accountable for Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) planning.

  • Obtain Project Authorizations from Customers and Facilities management (where appropriate).

  • Identify, prepare and coordinate change orders and implement change control processes where necessary.

  • Develop risk mitigation strategies and implement them in accordance with Corporate Engineered Safety policies and practices.

Some travel will be required for this position.

This position does not have any direct reports.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Science, Construction Management or Project Management or other technical field related to Facilities Management plus twelve (12) or more years of relevant experience in project or program management; or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Experience managing large scale construction projects ($30M or more).

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated experience with execution of DOE Order 413.3B.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or other Project Management Certifications.

  • Facilities and Infrastructure Architectural and/or Engineering experience.

  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM), project scheduling and risk management.

  • Experience with Integrated Master Schedules, EVM Systems, and Baseline Change Control (BCC) systems and procedures.

  • Contract development (including negotiations) and monitoring experience.

  • Proficient in tools and applications commonly employed in project management activities, including working knowledge with Primavera (P6) and familiarity with Cobra.

  • Experience with standard project management practices.

  • Experience and knowledge in safety related programs including OSHA 1926, and 10 CFR 851.

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: 691150

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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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