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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Senior Manager - Strategic Systems Engineering Operations Programs 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.


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We are seeking an R&D Senior Manager to lead and manage a dedicated group of managers and staff that provide technologies and systems for protecting U.S. nuclear weapons and materials by creating reliable and fail-safe systems throughout the world. Our goal is to counter emerging threats and resolve unique security challenges through high-consequence automation, autonomy, and robotics.

In this role, you will have complete responsibility for the development and implementation of technically complex designs, $100+M budgets, and focus on achieving timely execution of schedules. This role will require regular interaction and partnership with senior-level federal sponsors and M&O contractors to successfully resolve technical, budget, and schedule issues that arise in the course of this work.

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

  • Ensure that customer needs are satisfied safely and securely, through leading and coordinating specific objectives

  • Manage programs through Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) based approaches applied to project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements

  • Guide systems decision making at all levels of the laboratories and focus on early detection and correction of potential design, development, integration, or operations failures; functional analysis; design synthesis; system design and control throughout the entire lifecycle

  • Provide strategic vision and lead program development efforts to advance Sandia’s mission role supporting DOE/NNSA, the DoD in securing nuclear assets and materials

  • Lead and coordinate activities across multiple Centers to ensure integration of programs, strategies and plans related to nuclear weapons security

  • Lead development and implementation of Next Generation Physical Security technology and architectures for the enterprise

  • Support NA-70 in implementing congressional requirements for the Center for Security Technology, Analysis, Response and Testing (CSTART) to include collaboration activities with other agencies

  • Provide funding, cost, and carryover projections to support Global Security recommendations to the Lab operating plan

  • Partner with Centers 6600 and 6800 to demonstrate capabilities and investment across domestic and international security programs

This position will require travel up to two weeks per month.


  • Master’s degree in relevant STEM plus 10 years' of experience OR Bachelor’s degree in above fields, plus 14 years’ experience

  • Minimum 5 years' demonstrated experience managing large organizations and individuals with focus on employee development and success

  • Demonstrated experience managing technical or R&D complex, multi partner, technical projects

  • Strong external senior level (General Officer/ Senior Executive Service) DoD and/or NNSA interface experience

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or other university based equivalent certification

  • Active DOE Q Clearance required to start


  • Proficient in the design and/or implementation of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) based projects

  • Experience with development and implementation of high-level national security policies

  • DOE, NNSA, USAF and Navy physical security experience

  • Experience working with the Sandia Field Office (SFO)

  • Strong understanding of DOE 413.3 and DoD 5210.41M security policies

  • Significant project/program experience outside the continental United States

  • Understanding and implementation experience modeling and simulating physical security components and systems

  • Development, support, and implementation of Center-wide initiatives

  • In-depth experience in one or more of the following areas: quality, ES&H, contract management/implementation, technology testing, etc. for field implementation

  • Ability to deliver results and effectively build and lead multi-disciplinary teams while modeling behaviors that reflect Sandia's core values

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and customer service skills

    Department Description:

We are responsible for the design, implementation, and execution of physical security technologies and systems for nuclear weapons and Special Nuclear Material (SNM), both domestically and internationally. This work is very high-visibility, fast-paced, and has demanding schedules with multiple partners.

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:

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 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.