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Manager - Space Control Applications

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688556

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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:

$138,600 - $235,500

*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:

Do you have a passion and drive to lead the next generation of innovation in space and ground-based sensor system development? We are seeking a dynamic R&D manager to lead the Space Control Applications department and help us deliver transformational space flight mission solutions. Our ideal candidate is a leader who will build new relationships within the DoD and IC communities, identify and drive strategic vision, and convert vision into tactical actions that lead to success with existing projects and new business opportunities. Come lead our team of nationally recognized experts in transformative space and intelligence solutions and change the world every day!

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Lead the organization in developing technologies for space systems and architectures and perform research for future systems and architectures.

  • Develop a deep understanding of the business, and leverage insights to engage in customer inquiries, qualify leads, and conduct business development discussions.

  • Collaborate with the business development team, Space Mission Engineering program manager, and Space Mission Program director in their sales efforts including customer onsite visits, offsite meetings, conferences, and other sales events.

  • Promote excellence by managing and coordinating departmental work, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements.

  • Ensure that customer needs are satisfied through the creation of trust-based relationships.

  • Coordinate employee recruitment, selection, professional development, mentoring, and performance management, consistent with the mission of the organization.

  • Apply organization knowledge and experience to independently judge work quality, performance, and alignment of results with customer expectations.

  • Work collaboratively with other managers to guide strategy and capability development.

    Travel at least once a month and a significant presence on Sandia property should be anticipated to support these objectives.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, or related STEM field plus 5 years of relevant experience

  • Three years of experience in technical project leadership and/or technical project management

  • Experience in program development to include identifying, developing, and realizing new project opportunities

  • Technical expertise with one or more of the following:

  • Remote sensing technologies

  • Strategically managing space electronics hardware advancement

  • Managing space-based systems

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q and SCI clearance, or equivalent, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with the DoD and IC Space communities

  • Demonstrated interest and success in recruiting, hiring and developing/mentoring new personnel

  • Demonstrated business and political competence while interacting with customers

  • Experience executing and leading SCI and/or Special Access Program (SAP) level projects

  • Experience with developing and implementing strategic goals and objectives

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results and effectively lead/guide hard-working, experienced technical staff

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience developing and presenting proposals to internal and external partners

  • Proven ability to build trusting relationships

  • Active DOE Q and SCI clearance, or equivalent

About Our Team:

The Space Mission Engineering Program Office delivers transformational space flight mission solutions, expertly realized, to secure the nation on behalf of the U.S. national space programs. As the trusted resource to our government and industry partners, we seek solutions to the toughest space-based mission challenges and respond with resolve, creativity, and skill.

We execute customer-funded projects for the development of robust mission systems as part of the Space Mission Program. We have core capabilities in: the development of systems and software for Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and Space Control (SC); development of SDA analytics; solutions for cybersecurity as it applies to space systems and the space mission; DevOps and its application to software development for space flight and ground systems; and development and fielding of operational mission IT systems.

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:

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 688556

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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

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