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R&D Team Lead - Systems Assembly/Disassembly

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691877

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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:

Are you passionate about your work? Do you dream of working on a talented team directly supporting the development and qualification of the Nation’s most modern strategic weapon systems? Does working in a best-in-class facility, doing rewarding work, using the best support equipment and tools available excite you? Do you want to join a dynamic and supportive team that modernizes our Nation’s most critical weapon systems to ensure strategic deterrence for America? If this motivates you, Join our team! We are seeking a motivated Technical Team Lead, R&D Science and Engineering, to assist the Modernization HW & Assembly Manager, org. 2331, with the leadership and management of the Systems Assembly/Disassembly, org. 2331-1 team.

The Technical Team Lead overseas the day-to-day duties in the Assembly Laboratory, and o n any given day, you may be called on to perform:

  • Daily supervision and leadership of personnel assigned to the Assembly Team Execution of daily safety and scheduling meetings and assignment of daily work activities.

  • Detailed work planning & control (using engineered safety principles) for all assembly/disassembly operations and related field support activities.

  • Conduct Activity Operations Reviews and prepare for assembly/disassembly activities and prepare for Management Operations Reviews.

  • Assist the Manager by reviewing work planning & control packages and making recommendations regarding hazard controls and work authorizations.

  • Develop and enforce lab standards that ensure that the assembly lab is maintained in a safe, secure, and quality manner that epitomizes engineering excellence.

  • Oversee the on-the-job training and qualification program for members of the team.

  • Embrace a formal project management culture using EVMS and a variety of PM tools and metrics.

  • Working closely with the assigned scheduler to plan and schedule work activities and ensure qualified teams are assigned to each activity.

  • Plan and execute work packages to a defined schedule and budget, develop variance reports when cost and/or schedule variances exist.

  • Conduct a weekly planning meeting to closely collaborate with design and technical basis engineers to plan and manage a dynamic assembly/disassembly schedule.

  • Establish and maintain close relationships with internal and external stakeholders (tech lead for hardware team, design and tech basis engineers, LANL and PANTEX representative, safety community, facilities, etc.).

  • Lead, mentor, motivate, and support the success of assembly team employees.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel is required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline, plus two (2) years of experience.

  • Knowledge of weapon components and general understanding of weapons lab operations.

  • Current and active DOE Q-level security clearance (or DoD Top Secret clearance).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Project Management training or PMP Certification.

  • Project lead or related leadership experience.

  • Strong knowledge of weapon components and understanding of weapons lab operations and assembly/disassembly procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience leading teams during assembly/disassembly operations of complex systems.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading and executing technical projects and leading teams in a fast moving, dynamic and sometimes ambiguous environment.

  • Demonstrated understanding and execution of Sandia's work planning & control criteria for safe design and operations.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, understand, and articulate constraints as well as lead teams through a process to identify options and paths-forward.

  • Proven ability to work effectively in an integrated systems team with diverse internal and external teams and stakeholders.

  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, listening, written).

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results while meeting cost, schedule, and quality constraints/requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, and support the success of others.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Continuous Improvement, Lean Six Sigma concepts and practice. (Greenbelt certification).

  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of metrics to establish an understanding of processes and make continuous improvements.

About Our Team:

Department 2331 is responsible for the Weapons Modernization Hardware Management, Lab, and Assembly Operations. The department directly supports and contributes to the research & development, design & engineering, experiments and qualification testing, design maturation, and production of the B-61-12, W88 Alt370, W80-4, W87-1 and W93. The department coordinates internally and externally to ensure that parts and components are developed and acquired in a timely manner to ensure test assemblies and full test units are available to support programed tests and other experiments. The department publishes and maintains the Material Requirements Schedule (MRS), and joint hardware needs database. Within the Hardware Management element, 2133-2 manages a complex hardware database used to track, record identification, characterization, need dates, and location of over 11,000 individual parts. Within the Assembly element, 2133-1 assembles all test units and sub-assemblies in preparation for environmental, electrical, thermal, flight qualification tests and experiments. The Assembly Team plans work activities, develops, and assists design engineers with the development of assembly procedures, and performs the actual hands-on assembly of all test/production units and assemblies. Most of the work performed within 2331 is activity level work and requires keen attention to detail, high standards of quality, and strict adherence to security & safety requirements.

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:

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.

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: 691877

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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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