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Systems Engineer Requirements Lead - JTA Flight Test (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 690980

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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:

The W87-1 Modification Program at Sandia National Laboratories is working with the NNSA, U.S. Air Force and other national labs to develop a ground-based strategic warhead that improves on the safety and security elements of legacy weapons in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. This program is a critical element in our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy.

Working on the W87-1, you’ll be part of an outstanding team that takes its national security mission to heart, helping make decisions that lay the foundation for a high-visibility, high-impact nuclear weapon modernization program. You’ll work in state-of-the-art facilities with talented people across the Nuclear Security Enterprise, addressing interesting challenges at every stage of design and development, and making lasting relationships that will continue throughout your career.

This is an extraordinary unique opportunity at Sandia unlike any other place to gain experience for a national and international priority. Why not join us? We want you to be a part of our innovative and collaborative team and make an impact on the nation and the world! We are seeking a highly motivated Requirements Flight Test Lead team member to join our W87-1 JTA and Trainer Engineering Team . This is a rare opportunity to mold the design process from concept to delivery with a new program. In this exciting and dynamic role, you may be performing several engineering functions, from crafting design concepts on the system level, to developing and testing actual prototypes, and qualifying innovative fabrication and assembly techniques. You will also be supporting systems and/or component engineering efforts across all phases of projects spanning from conceptual-design studies to feasibility/cost studies, to full scale engineering. Along with fellow engineers, this role also involves engaging and collaborating regularly with personnel across multiple Sandia organizations, as well as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and Department of Defense (DOD) organizations. This is an amazing opportunity to grow your career in all areas of system engineering by working on a variety of projects and tasks to align with your interests and specializations. This position is located at our Albuquerque, NM location.

On any given day, as a Requirements Flight Test Lead you may be called on to:

  • Collaborate with SNL Systems Organizations and other internal stakeholders.

  • Interact with partner organizations across the laboratory and external organizations, such as, the Air Force, NNSA, and others.

  • Work with the Functional Architecture Lead to architect a model-based functional architecture for systems and components using sound systems engineering practices.

  • Derive customer requirements into functional requirements for systems, subsystems, and components.

  • Work with a tightly coordinated, interdisciplinary team to design, qualify and produce nuclear weapon systems.

  • Assist in representing the Systems Engineering team within the Component Engineering teams to ensure lower-level piece parts are implemented in a manner that guarantees requirements are met across functional interfaces.

  • Participate in the execution of functional qualification activities including the planning, implementation, and documentation of system level tests.

  • Design, build and qualify custom test equipment to verify system level designs meet requirements.

  • Author requirements for subsystem and system level production acceptance testing.

  • Architect or execute a system approach to project execution.

  • Team with others to coalesce evidence and deliverables to meet customer requirements.

  • Apply system engineering experience through multiple phases of a project (concept through production) and at multiple levels (piece part, component, subsystem, system).

  • Qualify a product (populating requirements maps, writing test plans, and reviewing/analyzing test data to verify requirements are met).

  • Utilize requirements management tools and related software.

    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 (up to 25%).

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant STEM field, plus (1) year of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus (5) five years of experience; OR the equivalent combination of relevant education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance (or DOD equivalent).

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated relevant fields.

  • Experience with DOORS and Genesys.

  • Working knowledge of nuclear deterrence programs and processes.

  • Recent experience working on a nuclear weapon modernization program.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with urgency on many competing priorities.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to proactively communicate challenging issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, to resolve issues and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions.

  • Prior project management and leadership experience.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing system engineering processes.

About Our Team:

The Weapon Systems Engineering Centers (across CA and NM) perform system engineering and systems management for the stewardship of developed nuclear weapons and associated nuclear weapon capabilities. We ensure the safety, security, and reliability of weapons throughout their lifecycle and the development and maintenance of competency through advanced development of new technologies are an essential part of center activities. Department 2365 is responsible for W87-1 product realization for the JTA10, JTA11, Type 3 and Type 5 Trainers.

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: 690980

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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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