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Sandia National Laboratories Quality Assurance Specialist (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


The Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Program Assurance organization is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual to support implementation and improvement of the ND Quality Management System (QMS) and accompanying activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring operational system and assurance processes meet corporate, contractual, and customer requirements. The individual will engage in process development and execution aimed at demonstrating effective and continuously improving operations. The individual will interact with ND leadership teams, Program Offices, Line organizations, and the Sandia Field Office (SFO). In addition, this individual will team with other members of this organization to manage systems, processes and tools to ensure the needs of ND Leadership and Line organizations are effectively met.

On a given day you may be called to:

  • Execute ND-level mission assurance activities in accordance with customer and corporate requirements.

  • Partner with ND Program Leadership, Line organizations, and Corporate partners to ensure overall mission performance.

  • Ensure accurate, timely communication across internal and external customers, including the Sandia Field Office.

  • Provide operational support, processes, and tools to enable the efficient planning, tracking and reporting of ND Program accomplishments and issues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or five (5) or more years of experience; or Master’s degree in relevant discipline plus (2) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Two or more years of experience working within the Nuclear Deterrence Mission Area

  • Demonstrated ability to develop communication tools in Microsoft Office and Sharepoint

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Demonstrated successful experience within the Laboratories in contributing to the development, implementation, and refinement of management processes, reports and support systems.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills as well as attention to detail.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including experience demonstrating maturity, sophistication and discretion when dealing with difficult and sensitive issues.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to team effectively with all levels of internal and external personnel, and to build effective business relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities to meet schedules and deadlines, and to work under very tight time constraints.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and articulate customer requirements and expectations, as well as deliver against those requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize detailed data into useful information.

  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills, including the ability to triage conflicting priorities and manage to completion.

  • Demonstrated customer service outlook.

  • Ability to understand and communicate technical concepts.

  • Ability to work with sensitive and classified information.

    Department Description:

The ND Operations and Assurance organization is a high-performing team supporting the ND Weapon Engineering & Production and Executive Office Director, and ND Leadership teams, in the execution of their responsibilities for Sandia's Nuclear Deterrence program. Key responsibilities include: Execute ND-level assurance activities in accordance with corporate requirements. Ensure accurate, timely communication across the ND Portfolio and with our external customers, including the Sandia Field Office and NNSA Headquarters. Provide operational support, processes and tools to enable the efficient planning, tracking, and reporting of the work carried out within Sandia's Nuclear Deterrence programs. Partner with the Line, Independent Assessment and ND Leadership to develop, improve and ensure overall integration and performance of the ND Quality Management System. Ensure current and accurate content of the ND MIS. Support ND PEP development and reporting of ND accomplishments through the PEAR. Represent the ND Portfolio in ensuring effective linkage with and execution of corporate requirements.

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

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.