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Sandia National Laboratories R&D S&E, Project Leader - Project Manager (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Department seeks an experienced technical Project Leader to lead the programmatic aspects of medium scale synthetic aperture radar programs for work-for-other’s projects at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to enable the successful delivery of complex science, technology, and engineering products. The individual will combine engineering expertise with program/project management (PM) competencies.

On any given day, you may:

  • Be involved in systems and/or component engineering efforts across all phases of the projects to include conceptual-design studies, feasibility/cost studies, full scale engineering design, testing/qualification, and operational testing and delivery support. Such efforts may range in scope from $1M to over $10M per year.
  • Lead the programmatic aspects of the program as well as be required to have substantial technical understanding of the Radar Systems engineering products to be delivered.
  • Be responsible for PM processes and/or activities involving costs, schedules, and assured technical performance.
  • Lead assessments of existing processes and practices and make recommendations to upper management for how Sandia should manage projects and programs.
  • Lead large project management teams while they execute PM functions such as authoring and implementing project plans, estimating and managing costs, generating and overseeing integrated or resource loaded schedules.
  • Manage technical and programmatic requirements, manage risks and opportunities, assure quality products, and manage information processes.
  • Interact routinely with personnel across multiple SNL organizations, as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) organizations. Interactions with high-level senior managers will occur routinely.
  • The project responsibilities will require business travel.


  • Advanced Degree in a STEM disciple (or equivalent work experience), plus three or more years of technical Project Management experience.
  • Previous job experiences involving challenging engineering designs, complex engineering systems integration activities, or the oversight of multi-agency technical programs
  • 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
  • Proficiency in tools and applications employed in project management activities
  • Demonstrated teaming skills, including the ability to work effectively with other organizations, project sponsors and customers, and suppliers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to develop and articulate a strategic plan and implement that plan across a multi-functional team
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with technical product development teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects involving substantial resources ($1M/year or greater)
  • Previous experience in providing technical input during design, development and production activities of a technical product or program
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Ideally, your background will also include some of the following:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in a STEM discipline
  • Active Q or Top Secret clearance
  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Experience working complex electronic or Radar programs/projects at the system and component levels
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and/or the Department of Defense
  • Experience working with design and production agencies
  • Project management education and certification(s)
  • Technical experience in SAR or related technologies

Department Description:

Radar ISR delivers pathfinder radar imaging and exploitation systems for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications. These high impact technology programs support the development of next generation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems with highly integrated, miniaturized and fully mission-capable radar technologies for National Security, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Deterrence mission needs.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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-level 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 must 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.

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.