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Sandia National Laboratories S&E Project Manager - Autonomous Aerospace Systems (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*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 Autonomous Navigation, Guidance, and Control team have need for an S&E Project Manager who uses project management skills to plan, distribute, track, and execute a large number of technical projects for multi¿disciplinary aerospace system applications. The ideal candidate will have a technical background and degree along with experience in systems design, analysis, and/or simulation for autonomous, flight, or weapon systems. The job will involve collaborative interaction with other technical leads and team members to determine the correct technical approach taken for a technical project, document it in a technical plan, communicate action items, and follow¿up with team members to ensure progress and timely delivery.

On any given day, you may:

  • Lead the programmatic aspects of programs as well as be required to have substantial technical understanding of the engineering products to be delivered.

  • Be responsible for processes and/or activities involving costs, schedules, and assured technical performance.

  • Lead project engineering teams while they support functions such as authoring and implementing project plans, estimating and managing costs, generating and overseeing integrated schedules.

  • Manage technical and programmatic requirements, manage technical and non¿technical risks and opportunities, assure quality products, and manage information processes.

  • Serve as a principal technical project interface with internal Sandia organizations, as well as external customers and suppliers.

  • Work in a peer¿level relationship with project technical leads to oversee project management activities including project plan development and execution, project monitoring and control, and integrated change control for large, complex, and high¿rigor projects.

  • Use a strong technical understanding of the risks and opportunities to ensure that all are properly prioritized and addressed.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM field, plus 5 years of engineering technical experience

  • Knowledge of and experience with standard project management practices such as scope management, project scheduling, and/or cost estimation and management

  • Demonstrated experience in management of technical projects

  • A current PMP certification, or the ability to obtain one within 12 months

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, one's background include some of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in a relevant STEM field

  • Knowledge of and experience with quality assurance, communications planning and management, risk and opportunity management, and procurement management

  • Experience with Navigation, Guidance, and/or Control Systems

  • Experience with Aerospace System Design

  • Experience with Software Development

  • Experience with Systems Modeling and Simulation

  • A familiarity with Sandia Project Management Best Practices

  • The ability to make decisions requiring scientific or engineering judgment across more than one field

  • Demonstrated teaming skills, including the ability to work effectively with other organizations, project sponsors and customers, and suppliers

  • Strong written and verbal communication, as well as technical and programmatic content presentation skills

  • Demonstrated organizational skills

About Our Team:

Department 05449, Autonomy for Hypersonics, manages the Autonomy for Hypersonics Mission Campaign (A4H), an innovative research portfolio in autonomous systems development and flight demonstrations of technology advancements. This department also supports the research and development of software, autonomy algorithms, prototype hardware, target recognition, and navigation/guidance/control. We actively partner with domain experts, both at the Labs and throughout the nation, to implement high-impact research to meet national defense needs.

A4H is pursuing research and development in autonomous systems to enhance the capabilities of the nation’s hypersonic vehicles as well as other high-consequence systems. A4H enables increasingly agile hypersonic weapons that adapt to unexpected scenarios, empowering the U.S. to respond to threats anywhere in the world without putting our war fighters at unnecessary risk. The challenging flight environment and limited available flight data make hypersonics one of the most complex applications for autonomy. Sandia and its partners are developing algorithms, sensors, and compact computing hardware that compress complex data processing and analysis methods into real-time decisioning tools. The goal of A4H is unprecedented flexibility in response to newly designated targets, evolving target conditions, difficult operating environments, and unexpected flight conditions. This flexibility would enable autonomous mission planning and vehicles that intelligently home-in on targets for rapid response to time-sensitive threats.

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:

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.

Job ID: 685625