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MESA Operations Systems Engineer- (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688574

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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:

$88,600 - $172,300

*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 Systems Engineer for a great new opportunity to contribute to the development of an integrated operational and management system to effectively sustain the Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications (MESA) capability into the future and enable Sandia’s largest capability to research, develop, and produce microelectronics for our Nuclear Deterrence (ND) and National Security programs. In this role you will design and implement an integrated risk management program that allows MESA leadership to prioritize resources to mitigate our most critical risks.

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

  • Perform a balance of tactical and strategic work.

  • Implement corporate-required risk management processes in a tailored approach to meet MESA’s needs.

  • Perform risk assessments, including research, analysis, identification of risk, and continuous monitoring of vulnerabilities.

  • Develop approach to increase visibility of risks across the center to collectively problem solve and leverage standard methodologies.

  • Partner with experts across MESA, creating metrics and dashboards to quickly communicate risks and enable informed decisions.

  • Aggregate risk data and information from across the center to articulate MESA’s risk posture and develop meaningful mitigation plans.

  • Present MESA leadership with options to burn down critical risks and develop processes to monitor progress.

  • Benchmark with internal and external production and R&D capabilities to understand standard processes.

  • Write/review/update technical process documents.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM field plus five (5) years’ experience or;

  • Master’s degree in relevant STEM field plus one (1) year experience or;

  • equivalent combination of relevant education and experience (AS + 9 years/13 years)

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Knowledge of microelectronic industry and production processes

  • Knowledge of risk management standard methodologies

  • Experience:

  • managing multiple complex initiatives

  • working with NNSA customers

  • working in ND Systems organization

  • Outstanding communication skills with a track record of building and maintaining collaborative and customer relationships

  • Experience using a systems engineering approach to put process into action

About Our Team:

Department 5292 is responsible for the integration of strategic activities focused on sustaining the MESA capability into the future. Specifically, we sustain MESA by partnering with functional experts across the Laboratory to build an integrated operational system enabling continual delivery to our national security mission. We rely on SMEs and their processes where they exist and where they don’t exist, we build them. These processes enable MESA to have an accurate understanding of what work MESA should be doing, understand if MESA is accomplishing its goals and objectives, and what MESA can do to continuously improve.

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, 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: 688574

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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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