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Senior Manager, FIE/SAP Physical Security - (Management)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691876

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$162,200 - $275,900

*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:

Sandia’s High-Security Operations Organization 5110 is seeking a Senior Manager to support the Field Intelligence Element (FIE) and Special Access Program (SAP) Physical and Program Security Group across NM, MN and CA operations. This management position will also fulfill the programmatic role of Deputy FIE Director for Physical and Program Security, working closely with DOE-IN 23 which is the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence Security Office. The selected individual will have broad protections knowledge in a high security environment. The individual filling this position must be a self-starter, comfortable partnering to solve complex issues with management across SNL, other government agencies (OGAs) and DOE-IN. FIE and SAP Special Security, Program Security, Physical Security, Assurance and Project Management responsibilities will fall under the authorities of this Senior Manager. This includes partnering internally to Sandia with respect to mission line organizations, facilities organizations, and corporate security for access control, facility and other safeguarding accreditations and requirements, device management and incident investigation.

This position requires excellent interpersonal skills. This manager will need to build and maintain high trust relationships with laboratory leadership, peer managers, mission customers, DOE-IN, OGAs, and Sandia partners such as Corporate IT, and Corporate Cyber. The position requires close interaction with the FIE/SAP Physical and Personnel Security (5110) management team, the other High-Security Operations groups, and management across Sandia, leadership at DOE-IN, NNSA and OGAs, and other Field Intelligence Elements.

On any given day,

  • Ability to proactively plan and manage with excellence in a rapidly changing environment will be imperative to the success of the organization.

  • Ensure vulnerability analyses are conducted for program protection efforts, including identifying critical program information and evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies.

  • Ensure the policies, procedures and systems required for maintaining and enhancing overall security systems are implemented.

  • Establish strategic and tactical objectives and assign milestones and see them through to completion.

    Regular travel to California, Washington DC and other FIEs will be required. Due to the nature of the work, the candidate must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus ten (10) years of experience in a relevant physical security field.

  • Minimum of five (5) years demonstrated leadership and/or managerial experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead the management and delivery of highly regulated security environments.

  • Demonstrated experience leading, building and maintaining high performing teams.

  • Active DOE Q Clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain an SCI Clearance that may require a polygraph.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead through ambiguous requirements generation

  • Demonstrated comprehensive physical security knowledge.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, effectively partner and manage people as well as build and guide multidisciplinary teams.

  • Experience in working with, preparing for, and responding to internal and external audits in security related fields.

  • Possess related certifications in physical security or safeguarding.

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills, including those that translate into leading a team of teams.

  • Understands the intelligence community and intelligence community requirements.

  • Experience in working Sandia mission programs that rely on FIE services.

  • Possess knowledge of Intelligence Community Directives.

  • Knowledge of project management, assurance and assessment activities, service delivery, change and configuration management, requirements management and risk management.

  • Experience in working with government oversight on facility and system accreditations and operations.

  • Understanding of technical risks and familiarity with mitigation approaches and techniques.

  • Active SCI.

About Our Team:

High-Security Operations is a high energy organization that performs high-impact, national security work for a broad segment of the Intelligence and Special Access Communities and associated missions. The HSO Physical Security Office protects the assets and information of our customers by providing a secure environment that allows Sandia to deliver products and services that protect our nation's security. The HSO Physical Security Office is responsible for interpretation and oversight of security requirements, to include physical security, access controls, facility accreditation, incident investigation, and clearance management for the Sandia FIE, Intelligence Community (IC), and Special Access Program areas of the DoD and NNSA.

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:

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.

Job ID: 691876

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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