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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer (Experienced) 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.


The department is seeking R&D System Engineers to perform the role of Weapon System Engineer (WSE) on the W80-4. The WSE is a key interface between Product Realization Teams (PRTs) and the Systems team. The WSE advocates for both their assigned component(s) and the warhead system. The WSE ensures the scope and requirements for their component(s) are defined and validated with stakeholders, the design and integration activities are managed within cost and schedule, and the product(s) as-built meets requirements.

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

  • Serve as the primary interface between Systems and the PRT. Flow all System guidance to PRTs and provide feedback to Systems for continuous improvement.

  • Collaborate with other WSEs to work component interfaces.

  • Understand component technical design, design trades and strategies for development and qualification.

  • Understand the risks and handling plans associated with those risks.

  • Be knowledgeable of the Earned Value data for the PRT and understand the variance causes and recovery plans.

  • Participate in and contribute to PRT activities. Understand PRT status, successes, emerging concerns, etc.

  • Dry-run material with PRT for reviews before delivery. Attend PRT meetings, reviews, and review board (Risk Review Board, Change Control Board, etc.) meetings when PRT is on the agenda.

  • Inform Systems of PRT status and issues and solicit aid as required.

  • Decompose higher level requirements and allocate appropriately to component(s).

  • Review component test and qualification plans. Consult with quality to understand potential pitfalls and assist PRT in root cause analysis when failures occur and the development of resolution plans.

  • Understand hardware needs and delivery schedule. When deliverables are late, understand estimates for expected completion/delivery.

The W80-4 Life Extension Program (LEP) is intended to strengthen our nation’s strategic deterrence, by modernizing the W80 warhead and integrating it with the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) missile. The program’s scope includes design and qualification of the warhead and integration of non-nuclear and nuclear components within the warhead. Additionally, we are responsible for developing the Joint Test Assembly for surveillance along with trainer hardware, handling gear, and other ancillary equipment. It is the first modernization program to be conducted in parallel with a missile development program.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline plus (8) years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience

  • Ability to obtain a US DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Possess strong leadership skills, a solid technical foundation, and a demonstrated ability to work closely with program and line organizations within the nuclear weapons community at Sandia, NNSA, DoD, and across the Nuclear Security Enterprise as a whole

  • Two years of leadership experience

  • Experience and success working with KCNSC in development and pre-production activities

  • Experience in nuclear weapon product realization processes

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced high-pressure environment

  • Experience in technical program/project management functions, including defining program work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; and managing change control and risk

  • Experience and demonstrated high performance in one or more ND technical mission areas

  • Strong customer focus and desire to build teams of people to capitalize on opportunities to improve the operations of the ND program at Sandia

  • Demonstrated ability and experience in working with all levels of staff and management at Sandia and customer organizations

  • Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams spanning different locations

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

    Department Description:

The W80-4 NM Product Realization and Production Agency Interface department is supporting systems engineering functions for the W80-4 through a collaborative partnership with Center 8200. The new Systems department will partner with other W80-4 Systems departments to coordinate component design, development, qualification and pre-production activities and establish Sandia/KCNSC interface processes/infrastructure. Leveraging B61-12 and W88 ALT370 experience and lessons learned will be critical to the role of this department within the W80-4 Systems team.

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*

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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.