Sandia National Laboratories R&D Senior Manager-Nuclear Weapon Arming and Fuzing Systems (05350) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a Senior Manager to lead the team in executing the development of 9 major component (MC) subsystems in support of the B61-12 LEP, W88 ALT370, Mk21 AFA, and W80-4 life extension programs. Those major components are: MC4904 Dual Channel radar, MC4905 Radar Antenna, MC4946 Weapon Control Unit (WCU), MC4942 JTA Antenna, MC5001 Missile Interface & Control Module (MICM), MC5002 Path Length Module (PLM), MC5003 Radar Module, and MC5052 MICM, W80-4 Warhead Control Module. In addition to managing the development efforts for the MC items for the three major LEP/ALT programs, we have responsibility for stockpile component production, surveillance and management of existing NW arming and fuzing components supporting the stockpile and the annual assessment of the stockpile.

As the W88 ALT 370 and B61-12 components near their first production units (FPU), you will also need to be deeply engaged in strategies to maintain and grow capabilities for the anticipated needs of future systems. You will lead your team to create a vision, generate funding to support the vision, and staff and execute the vision. A collection of LDRDs, NNSA RDCS funding, and DoD customer funding on the order of $10M/year are already in place.

On any given day, you may be expected to:

  • Provide strategic direction and advocacy for the NW arming and fuzing business area aligned with Sandia Nuclear Deterrence (ND) program office, NNSA, and DoD strategic plans
  • Build and nurture relationships and partnerships in order to most effectively execute the NW arming and fuzing systems mission
  • Provide leadership for the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) component development community supporting the stockpile strategic direction

The line leadership scope includes 6 managers, over 100 direct and matrixed staff and $100M in funding across the major LEP/ALT programs, surveillance, A&E, and other projects. Group technical competencies and capabilities include: radar/RF design, digital/analog electronics design/integration, radiation hardened electronics design, inertial subsystems design, radar analysis and modeling, V&V, test equipment development, subsystem integration, product realization, product qualification, technology evaluation, and component surveillance.

This position requires moderate travel to support NSE internal partner relationships and customer interactions.


The following criteria are required to be considered minimally qualified for this role:

  • You possess an advanced degree in a science or engineering field
  • You have 10 years, or more, relevant experience
  • You can obtain a required US DOE Q security clearance with Sigma level access and potentially obtain a SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test

The criteria below are also required, and will be evaluated during the panel review and interview process:

  • Demonstrated management, program management and/or leadership skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in developing trusting relationships among peers, staff, management, and customers
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills in the development and delivery of presentations, proposals, reports, and documentation
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and motivate employees, manage personnel issues and resolve conflicts


Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, executing the Nuclear Weapon Product Realization process including Realize Product Procedures (RPPs), Technical Business Practices, and Quality Criteria
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, leading major NW component or subsystem development programs executing against aggressive and demanding cost, schedule and performance requirements
  • Knowledge and/or experience with NW Arming and Fuzing component development, LEP/ALT/stockpile systems and subsystems
  • Familiarity with Navy and USAF NW-SPP programs and intellectual property issues
  • Familiarity and/or relations with Kansas City National Security Campus Personnel
  • Experience in strategy planning and technology maturation efforts

Department Description:

Our group, Organization 5350, is one of four groups within the Electronic Systems Center (Center 5300) that work closely together developing and delivering a wide variety of electronic systems and subsystems to a broad range of customers both internal and external to Sandia. We are responsible for design, development, qualification, production oversight, advanced technology maturation and life cycle management of nuclear weapon arming and fuzing subsystems for all legs of the nuclear triad: gravity systems, ICBM, and SLBM. Major NW arming and fuzing product areas include Radar/RF subsystems, inertial subsystems, and weapon control subsystems. The group includes expertise in digital design, validation and verification, subsystem integration and qualification, and component surveillance.

About Sandia:

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  • 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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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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.