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R&D Systems Engineer (Distinguished)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688744

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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.

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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.

Salary Range:

$138,600 - $235,500

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Governance and Engineering Processes Team is seeking a Nuclear Weapons Requirement Integration Office (NWRIO) Lead who has passion for and the ability to lead in the negotiation of federal requirements with the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) that impact all ND programs.

Our team is a diverse group of professionals that come from all areas of Sandia and have experience from every aspect of the ND product realization life cycle. As you survey the NW lifecycle at Sandia National Labs, you will discover this position offers an outstanding opportunity where you can:

  • Facilitate negotiating ND requirements with federal customers (DOE & NNSA).

  • Serve on the M&O Contractor Working Group as SNL Site Content Coordinator.

  • Build working relationships with ND leadership, management, and subject matter specialists across ND to ensure sound requirement negotiation and implementation of new or updated requirements.

  • Implement sound systems engineering principles, particularly around requirements management. Provide mentorship on these topics to Center 500.

  • Gain a breadth and depth of knowledge across the National Security Enterprise (NSE) and ND product realization lifecycle.

  • Lead or support ND initiatives related to federal requirements that have impact across Sandia and NSE.

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

  • Inform ND leadership, management, and subject matter specialists on potential federal requirement changes and seek their input.

  • Contribute to the development of a Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) effort to modernize federal requirement mapping to internal ND product realization processes.

  • Engage the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and NSE systems engineering partners to improve interfaces and handoffs in the phased product realization process.

  • This position requires occasional travel.

  • This position can be located at Sandia Albuquerque or California with most of the work allowing a telecommuting work option. Some onsite work will be required.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant STEM subject area, plus (4-8) years relevant experience; or Bachelor's in a relevant STEM subject area plus (12) years of relevant experience in lieu of an advanced degree.

  • Experience in the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) specific to weapon product realization.

  • Thorough knowledge and applied experience with negotiating customer requirements and requirements decomposition into executable product realization processes and procedures.

  • Active US DOE Q-level security clearance.

  • Minimum of (3) and maximum of (5) letters of recommendations are required to be consideration for this position. Recommendations need to address the demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities (SKA) that you have performed at a Distinguished level

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated Leadership skills.

  • Extensive knowledge and applied experience in Systems Engineering.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage customers and stakeholders in the synthesis of significant systems engineering topics and to team across subject areas and all organizational levels.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies, processes, and procedures affecting product realization, research, projects, and initiatives.

  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills to include presentation creation and delivery.

  • Project Management Experience.

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor others in systems engineering; sought for advice in this area.

  • Ability to develop new methods and processes as a result of identifying new perspectives and approaches in solving complex problems.

  • Encouraged to find new methods for negotiating requirements, gaining consensus with Sandia subject matter specialists and other NSE sites, and representing Sandia’s role as the lead system integrator, design agency, production agency, and Federally Funded Research Development Center (FFRDC) within the federal requirements space.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary team environment to build consensus and resolve issues.

  • Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable working in a constantly evolving, fast moving environment.

About Our Team:

Org. 523 develops, improves, and governs the weapons lifecycle processes to consistently and adaptively enable weapon programs/projects to deliver quality ND product.

This organization manages:

  • The Nuclear Weapons Requirements Integration Office (NWRIO), which directly works with the DOE/NNSA and other sites in the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) to support the development and release of contractual requirements, ensuring all requirements are reviewed, analyzed, and implemented through Sandia product realization processes.

  • The Realize Product Subsystem (RPSS), which is the governed system embedding a structured and consistent approach to assure that all elements of excellence in engineering and the phased lifecycle process are implemented, while also meeting DOE/NNSA contractual requirements leading to the delivery of high-quality products.

  • The ND Product Realization Governance Structure (WEC, PRAC, and various Governing Boards / Councils), which fosters and achieves Sandia’s product realization excellence by addressing strategic opportunities and operational issues impacting the phased weapon lifecycle at the appropriate levels.

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.


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.

Job ID: 688744

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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