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Sandia National Laboratories Z Operations Quality Systems Professional (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


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We are seeking a Z Operations Quality Systems Professional to join a team of scientists, engineers, technologists, and support staff contributing to the safe and efficient realization of scientific objectives on the Z Machine. While opportunities to engage in myriad challenges across Center 1600 exist, the principal focus areas of the selected individual will be the management and continued improvement in coordinating Z documents and procedures, as well as support for multiple operational improvement activities. This role requires collaborating with management and staff across 1600.

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

  • Manage, plan, coordinate, and drive quality improvements for a large volume of Z documents and procedures being created and/or revised. This will require being the primary Point of Contact with 1600 management, engineers/scientists, technologists, training specialists, software developers, safety management SMEs, and Z’s team of Technical Writers.

  • Provide leadership for both strategic and tactical planning for new process, procedures, and systems. This requires working with teams of scientists, engineers, and technologists across a wide range of fields throughout 1600.

  • Lead efforts to improve management system quality by clearly defining and documenting the Roles and Responsibilities of the many jobs/positions throughout Z operations and planning.

  • Team with 1600 management and staff to develop, track, and analyze operational goals, metrics, and shot planning improvement activities to enable quality improvements and more efficient, scalable, and robust planning and execution of experiments at Z. This will include formal reporting on the status of these efforts.

  • Support the National Annual Z Shot Proposal Call working with 1600 management, staff, and external collaborators.

  • Construct and implement novel approaches and tools to challenges at Z by working with a diverse set of partners with significantly different backgrounds and competencies.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field

  • Five years’ professional experience

  • Experience supporting complex operations and/or activities

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


  • Multidisciplinary technical and operations knowledge (e.g., physics, engineering, modeling and simulation, operational procedures, maintenance, etc.)

  • Knowledge of quality principles including change management and configuration management

  • Knowledge of project management practices for technical work including developing project plans and schedules; managing to scope, schedule and budget; ensure the meeting of technical requirements; and reporting and documenting results and outcomes

  • Experience working with teams of Technical Writers and managing document workflows; managing large numbers technical documents and procedures through development, quality improvements, revisions, reviews, assigned reading, etc.

  • Experience designing training systems/processes and coordinating training requirements and assignments

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, management structure design including accountability and authority structures, role design, segregation of duties, decision-making frameworks, quality management, etc.

  • Experience with Sandia operations and corporate management systems (e.g., ES&H, Work Planning and Controls, Safety Management Programs, Security, Contracting/Procurement, Governance, Laboratory Policy System)

  • Excellent speaking, writing, communication, and presentation skills

  • Current DOE Q Clearance

    Department Description:

    The department is a diverse, interdisciplinary team that develops strategic operational concepts and approaches for the Z Facility and other Pulsed Power facilities, as well as for new experimental facilities. This work is accomplished through collaborations with operations, engineering, science, and program teams. Solutions address quality, efficiency, safety, and security that are well-aligned to achieving, and enabling, the science goals of the programs performing experiments at Z. Work scope includes the health of Z, the Z management system, IT infrastructure, communications, scheduling analysis, information flow, data systems, systems engineering, training systems, and control monitoring and data acquisition design support. Seamless integration of all aspects is a key element of the department’s efforts.

    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.

    EEO Statement:

    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.