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R&D Systems Engineering (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691922

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D, S&E Systems Engineer.

The ND Portfolio Analysis and Processes Group (330) and the Weapons Program Infrastructure Office (430)are looking for a motivated and dedicated team member to support both organizational operations. Both groups are part of the broader Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Program Management Offices (PMO) that are responsible for managing NNSA funding that supports Nuclear Deterrence capabilities and programs cross Sandia. Specifically, Group 330 sustains production base capability across multiple technology areas. This scope includes sustainment of production, qualification and design base capabilities, Production Agency program management functions that support enduring and future modernization weapon systems, independent quality assurance, and programmatic equipment sustainment. Additionally, this position will also support the technical and customer interfaces within the High Explosives and Energetics program. Group 430 has responsibility for managing funding associated with the operation, maintenance, and sustainment of key ND capabilities, facilities, and equipment. We partner closely with other parts of the NDPMO, with Facilities organizations that plan and perform maintenance and other sustainment projects, and with the ND line organizations that implement work within our program.

The successful candidate will use their experiences working on multidisciplinary teams and will have experiences in achieving organizational objectives through collaboration and influence. This position offers broad exposure to diverse Nuclear Deterrence work across Sandia. In this role, you will partner with the 330 and 430 Senior Managers in implementing the responsibilities of our program office, including:


  • Work with the leadership team and Business Partners to assemble and analyze data supporting the annual Future Year’s Nuclear Security Plan (FYNSP) process

  • Partner with the line organizations to translate technical needs into clear justification for program cost/schedule, and/or Requirements Over Target (ROTs)

  • Partner with the line organizations to validate and improve our assessment of risk and issues and translate into a clear assessment of program needs

  • Identify collaboration opportunities for projects to gain resources and improve the quality of their work

  • Help the ND program prioritize and manage execution toward those priorities

  • Balance portfolio plans to maintain healthy base capabilities across programs.

  • Collaborate with multi-functional teams and other specialists on key, center-level projects.

  • Annually establish technical project objectives, goals and milestones and track project execution and performance


  • Coordinate project updates (data collection and analysis) in support of monthly, quarterly and annual reporting requirements

  • Support the leadership team in crafting rapid responses to requests from NNSA and PMO executive leadership

  • Recognize common themes of accomplishments, risks, and issues and generate summary reporting that is shared internally with Program Office leadership and externally with NNSA

  • Recognize opportunities to use existing information to meet multiple reporting requirements

  • Work with the line to optimize reporting requirements


  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts with each of program

  • Communicate the news and direction of the program to internal and external stakeholders

  • Work across projects to answer customer requests accurately and on time

  • Support senior management with NNSA HQ customer management

Qualifications We Require:

  • BS in engineering or science, plus 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

  • Minimum of one year experience working in Nuclear Deterrence

  • This position may require some travel to support business needs and to enrich the experience of this position but is flexible

  • Proven ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and compellingly in oral and written forms

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • High political acumen and cross-laboratory and cross-site partnering skills

  • Experience with data modeling, projection, and analytics

  • Experience with creative organization and/or visualization of complex data

  • Excellent information management and presentation skills

  • Nuclear Weapons system or component development and sustainment experience

  • Experience with nuclear weapons development and qualification processes

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, sometimes ambiguous environment

  • Awareness of, or experience working with, NNSA Federal Program Managers and Engineers especially NA-12, NA-19 and NA-90 Federal Program Offices

  • Experience in mining, organizing, and analyzing data

  • Proven expertise in preparing and delivering succinct, informative position/decision papers and presentations

  • Active DOE Q security clearance or DOD equivalent

About Our Team:

ND Portfolio Analysis and Processes Group (330) has three primary missions: Enterprise modeling, projection and data-based analytics; Defense Program Business Process System (DPBPS) technical and administrative process management; and program portfolio management for Sandia’s production and explosives capabilities. The Production Operations scope includes production and design base capability to produce Neutron Generators, SNL-Production Agency (SNL-PA) program management functions that support enduring and future modernization weapon systems, independent quality assurance and product acceptance functions, programmatic equipment sustainment, and limited qualification and process improvement scope in MESA. In addition to the Production Operations portfolio under NA-12, this position will also support the technical and customer interfaces within the High Explosives and Energetics program in NA-19.

The Weapons Infrastructure Program Office (430) is accountable for the programmatic management of Sandia’s Infrastructure & Operations, Real Property Maintenance, and Programmatic Equipment recapitalization budgets. The office is responsible for Operations of Facilities, Real Property Maintenance, and Recapitalization portfolios under NA-90 as well as Programmatic Equipment Recapitalization efforts within the NA-194 Non-Nuclear Component Modernization (NNCM) and Capability Based Investment (CBI) portfolios. A significant focus within these programs is on supporting Sandia’s Major Environmental Test Facilities (METF), Accelerator Complex (Saturn, HERMES, SPHINX), Reactor Facilities (ACRR), Tonopah Test Range (TTR), Microsystems Engineering Science and Applications (MESA), Primary Standards Laboratory (PSL), and Electrical Sciences (ES) capabilities.

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.

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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

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.

Job ID: 691922

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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

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