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Sandia National Laboratories Manager - Validation and Qualification Sciences in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Validation and Qualification Sciences Group, Organization 1530, is seeking a forward thinking and motivated leader to manage the Photometrics Department, 1535. You will be part of a dynamic team actively engaged with customers across, and external to, the Laboratory to plan and execute complex large-scale tests for National Security missions. The department leads the Labs in imaging and visualizing complex environmental tests. They are responsible for the modeling, analytics, and data fusion necessary to transform terabytes of imaging data into meaningful information that captures the detail of each experiment. Your responsibilities will include leadership, planning, approval, and oversight of tests that range from large-scale experiments that may involve months of planning and preparation to smaller tests that are often completed in a manner of days. Conducting safe operations is our priority and we use systems engineering principles and processes to ensure we deliver high quality and safe engineering solutions for high consequence tests of national importance.

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

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with 1530 leadership team to establish strategic direction, common group processes, WP&C guidelines and expectations, business rhythm, and Conduct of Operations
  • Utilize deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles to oversee work that is rooted in the fundamentals of science and engineering
  • Lead the continual evolution of our safety and security culture
  • Provide leadership, oversight, and direction of the department’s ongoing work portfolio and scope
  • Partner with sponsors to understand their strategic vision and direction to deliver created solution to complex problems
  • Oversee the technical R&D projects within the portfolio for management assurance and reporting
  • Develop and execute annual investment plans to maintain the suite of test capabilities


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering or science discipline plus 6 or more years of equivalent experience or Master’s/PhD in relevant engineering or science discipline
  • 3 or more years of direct management or leadership experience including multi-discipline and multi-organization teams
  • Ability to lead a high performing team, building a positive work environment leading to successful results
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


Ideally, your background will also include:

  • Ability to effectively allocate and manage resources to make product deliveries meeting performance, cost and schedule requirements
  • Ability to develop and build trusted partnerships, both internal and external to Sandia. Knowledge of Sandia's ND programs and processes
  • Willingness to develop vision, and lead and manage change
  • Strong teaming interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Experience in interacting with and utilizing Sandia's safety and environment subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Experience in applying systems engineering approaches and discipline to engineering activities
  • Experience as a manager at Sandia

Department Description:

The Validation and Qualification Sciences group (1530) leads a world-class testing capability responsible for large-scale experimental activities in Tech Area III, Lurance Canyon, and EMRTC in Socorro, NM. The group has responsibility for operations and capability stewardship for a number of unique facilities including the: Aerial Cable Facility (ACF), Rocket Sled Track Facility (RSTF), Thermal Test Complex (TTC), Centrifuge Complex, Mechanical Shock Actuator and Gas Gun, the Mobile Gun Test Complex, Lurance Canyon Burn Site, Drop Towers, and Water Impact Facility. 1530 is composed of six departments and is a significant contributor to Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence Mission by providing thermal and mechanical testing and experimentation, diagnostics, and analysis to support design, development, qualification, and surveillance of weapon systems. The group also serves a broader community with a growing SPP portfolio. In addition, there is an emphasis on collaboration and teaming among the 1500 Engineering Sciences groups. The Photometrics Department, 1535, is a multi-disciplinary group that provides imaging and analytic support to test systems of national importance. We collaborate with our sister organizations for the successful execution of large- and small-scale transient event tests that include explosive and high-speed impacts at subsystem and system levels. We provide our customers with critical data and information for model validation, hardware unit qualification, and engineering development.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.