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R&D Manager - B61-12 System Realization (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693105

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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:

We are seeking a highly motivated Manager, R&D Science and Engineering, to join the B61-12 System Engineering Management Team. The selected candidate will lead a diverse group of staff in Organizations 2322, focused mainly on component realization for the B61-12 program. Specific focus areas for the organizations include providing Weapon System Engineering support for component organizations focused on production requiring integration with Production Agencies. Our team collaborates across the laboratories and require close partnership with other systems engineering, component, materials science, and testing/analysis organizations. The organization also team with external Nuclear Security Enterprise sites and customers including LANL, KCNSC, Pantex, NNSA, and USAF.

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

  • Guide the work of your department and staff.

  • Understand the work of your organization and connect the work and expertise of your staff with potential beneficiaries, collaborators, and customers.

  • Promote excellence by leading and coordinating specific work, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements.

  • Build trust-based relationships to ensure that customer needs are satisfied.

  • Apply organization knowledge and experience to independently judge work quality, performance, and alignment of results with customer expectations.

  • Build and strengthen your team to include hiring, professional development, and performance management.

  • Counsel and assist your team as the B61-12 matures through production, while also being part of the larger Center 2300 modernization efforts through activities such as the center’s culture pillars.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel may be required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in relevant STEM discipline, plus four (4) years of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus eight (8) years of experience ; OR equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job.

  • At least two (2) years of validated leadership experience.

  • Working knowledge of Nuclear Weapons programs and processes.

  • Experience working with NNSA and associated laboratories and/or plants.

  • Active DOE Q clearance or equivalent (DoD Top Secret clearance).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated field.

  • Engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.

  • Strong knowledge of capabilities at Sandia and within Nuclear Security Enterprise partners.

  • Recent experience working on a nuclear weapon modernization program.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing system engineering processes.

  • Demonstrated experience effectively networking and partnering with organizations both inside and external to Sandia.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing a team to high performance, including the willingness to partner effectively with a management team on a large program.

  • Ability to represent Sandia to external customers.

  • Ability to effectively motivate employees, manage personnel issues, and resolve conflicts.

About Our Team:

The B61-12 Life Extension Program is a crucial nuclear weapon modernization program that is currently in full scale production. The B61-12 addresses critical reliability and aging issues as well as compatibility with legacy and new aircraft. The primary objectives of the LEP are consolidation of all B61 mods except the B61-11; maintaining military effectiveness; improving safety, and security; and reducing overall National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Defense cost of ownership over the life of the system. Sandia’s current participation in the B61-12 LEP includes conducting design agency activities, acting as the technical integrator, teaming with its design agency partners (Los Alamos National Laboratory) and its production agency partners (Sandia, LANL, Kansas City National Security Campus, Pantex Plant, Y-12 National Security Complex, and Savannah River Site).

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: 693105

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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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