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Production Planning Control Specialist (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691897

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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:

The W80-4 Interconnects Department is seeking a Production Planning Control Specialist to join our dynamic team, which focuses on the design, development and production of complex interconnects utilized in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) programs. The selected candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a dynamic teaming environment and have primary responsibility for coordinating and scheduling hardware production, delivery, and acceptance.

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

  • Analyze Material Requirements Schedules (MRS) to ensure hardware production is scheduled and executed to meet customer requirements.

  • Integrate and manage special builds (new product development builds, technical experimental builds, and problem-solving builds) partnering with the appropriate technical teams to ensure hardware production is effectively planned and executed throughout the product realization process.

  • Assess risks and opportunities and may recommend strategies to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate programmatic risks.

  • Optimize operational resources; integrate and manage special builds to ensure deadlines are met and negotiate capacity allocation.

  • Plan and direct work across the supply chain including but not limited to materials requirements planning, shop floor prioritization and scheduling, inventory control, and make-buy decisions.

  • Provide interface and coordination function between product realization teams (PRTs), purchasing and vendors to ensure all are aligned to meet varying customer requirements and schedules.

  • Team with technical staff, project leads and managers to assess demand requirements and make recommendations to key decision makers regarding demand, inventory and/or capacity needs.

  • Interface with other SNL departments/programs to negotiate material and schedule requirements on behalf of both production and development.

  • Interpret engineering change authorization documents and drawings to understand the impact on supply chain and production planning processes.

  • Research alternative material/components required to meet hardware requirements.

  • Develop and deliver periodic reports to assist in decision making of production, inventory, and capacity planning.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or other relevant fields

  • Experience with inventory management, procurement and scheduling

  • Active US DOE Q-level (or equivalent) security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Knowledge of successful inventory principles.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.

  • Ability to work with a team and collaborate with others to solve problems.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite of products.

  • Knowledge of financial tools and systems to perform financial analysis and manage and monitor costs and budgets.

  • Ability to integrate with technical project teams and partner effectively.

About Our Team:

The Interconnects Department designs, develops tests and qualifies cable assemblies (high voltage, RF, flat-flex, and multi-wire), junction boxes and adaptor assemblies. The department further designs, fabricates, and deploys equipment and testers for our products as such systems are not available through private industries. Our in-house designed equipment is in use at Sandia, the Kanas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), as well as selected vendor sites for the development and qualification of War Reserve and other high-reliability components. We use the Realize Product Subsystem (RPSS) to realize Mark Quality product that covers the complete product realization cycle of requirements, design, development, specification, qualification, procurement, delivery, and stockpile support through our partners at the KCNSC. We employ defect-prevention strategies to gain an understanding of design margin during the development cycle. The department's capabilities include the ability to address multiple challenging requirements related to meeting high reliability numbers over extremely long life, radiation tolerance, nuclear safety requirements, and size & weight restrictions.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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: 691897

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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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