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Sandia National Laboratories Project Manager (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Nuclear Weapons Modernization Programs is using an Earned Value Management (EVM) system. The Energetic Component Engineering Department is in need of a Project Manager to work with the Power Sources Technology Group. The Project Manager will team with the Control Account Manager (CAM), technical leads and project controllers to take responsibility for the planning, reporting, issue resolution, and control of system activities. The Project Manager will partner with the technical leads in planning, tracking, and executing the project. They will work with the CAM and technical leads to manage project scope and execution; identify potential issues, and devise contingency plans; manage and track risks; prepare for and present at customer status meetings. The Project Manager will apply expertise and experience in project management to advise technical leads on decisions crucial to the delivery of the control account product.

Specific duties of the position include:

  • Work with the Control Account Manager (CAM) as an interface to technical leads and project controllers.
  • Work with technical leads and the engineering staff to analyze scope and plan the appropriate work, schedule, and budget.
  • Work with the project controllers in developing and managing a resource-loaded schedule that accurately reflects scope, deliverables, and project costs.
  • Identify issues that are affecting the team, coordinate with the relevant staff to identify a solution, and implement the solution.
  • Compiles variance analysis with project controllers for the area of responsibility and provide issue identification and trend analysis.
  • Track progress toward technical milestones, identify corrective actions, work closely with technical lead to implement and track those actions.
  • Identify, understand, and manage changes that may impact the area of responsibility.
  • Identify emergent risks and prioritize, quantify, and implement mitigation plans.
  • Monitor execution to defined cost, scope, and schedule deliverables for area of responsibility.
  • Identify potential improvements to program performance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, or equivalent:

  • higher degree (MS, PhD) in relevant discipline; or

  • experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience leading projects using formal project management techniques.
  • Position requires an active DOE L-level security clearance.


  • Experience with Primavera P6.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management principles.
  • Knowledge of the NW complex and product realization process.
  • Knowledge of and experience with 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, and procurement management.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in an environment with dynamic conditions, competing priorities, and firm deadline.
  • Ability to identify issues and develop innovative, effective solutions for internal and external customers.
  • Ability to work independently and to maintain working relationships with a variety of team members.
  • Ability to quickly understand large projects to balance schedule changes and impacts to the program.
  • Ability to teach others best business practices around project management, earned value management (EVM), schedule management and change control management.
  • Ability to discover, understand and articulate technical processes, constraints and options.
  • Experience navigating and using SNL processes, policies, and procedures.

Department Description:

The 10625 Business Operations Team partners with Center 02500 Energetic Components providing project controls, financial, business and project management services. We provide business support throughout the project lifecycle through an expert based, service oriented team atmosphere.

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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.