Sandia National Laboratories Science & Engineering Project Manager (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a S&E Project Manager who will serve as a SEP Program Engineer/Risk Manager. The Program Engineer is the SEP representative with all program customers (NNSA, Navy, and Air Force).

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

  • Have a PMP certification or able to obtain PMP certification within one year of hire.
  • Exercise overall authority and accountability for the full range of project management responsibilities;
  • Make programmatic decisions regarding the direction of a project and be held accountable for the results of those decisions;
  • Work with project personnel and partners with the extended project team, including customers, sponsors, and suppliers, to ensure that the project is fully and properly integrated;
  • Lead the production of project cost estimates and schedules;
  • Develop, define, and execute project plans, schedules, budgets, and deliverables;
  • Identify and address both technical and non-technical risks and opportunities;
  • Recommend changes to improve engineering and project management processes.

This position requires moderate travel


  • Bachelors or Masters in relevant science or engineering discipline plus five years of direct technical experience
  • Two years of program/project management experience


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and customer service skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external customers, including the ability to build and manage effective working relationships.
  • Ability to make decisions requiring engineering judgment across more than one discipline.
  • Experience identifying risks, developing mitigations, and working with risk software tools such as ARM and Acumen.
  • Experience coordinating programmatic and technical risks with other sites according to Risk and Opportunity Management Plans.
  • Experience updating Baseline Cost Reports (BCRs) to generate the appropriate Management Reserve and Contingency Costs and Schedule.
  • Experience briefing customers (internal and external) on programmatic and technical risks.
  • Experience working with customers to understand requirements
  • Experience developing Schedule and Cost Risk Analysis
  • Knowledge of technical program/project management functions, including defining program work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk.
  • Experience with the Nuclear Weapon product realization process.
  • High tolerance for ambiguity in requirements, ability to thrive in a multi-tasking environment, and the skill for creating a positive work environment for all.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure work environment.
  • Experience with application of an Earned Value Management System.
  • Experience with Primavera6 or other scheduling software.
  • Active DOE Q clearance.

Department Description:

The Sandia External Production Program has mission responsibility to manage the manufacturing of technically complex, high reliability products in support of the nation's nuclear deterrence strategy. Manufacturing strategy includes leveraging capabilities from internal and external production entities to support the integrated needs of various weapon systems. Success of the program is dependent upon establishing and disseminating best practices to include requirements management, planning, scheduling and cost estimating, earned value management, change control, risk and opportunity management, and supplier quality management. The deployment of these processes and procedures are an integral part of product realization and ensure the product meets cost, schedule, performance, and quality requirements.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.