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Senior Manager, Defense Waste Management Programs Group (8880)

Carlsbad, NM

Job ID: 688502

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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 Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Grid Modernization Center (8800) has a great opportunity for a motivated and innovative R&D Senior Manager to lead the Defense Waste Management Programs (DWMP) Group!

The DWMP Group 8880 has approximately 50 staff in three Departments. Two departments—the Performance Assessment and Decision Analysis and the Repository Performance Departments—are housed at Sandia’s Carlsbad, NM site, and a third department —Environmental Restoration and Stewardship—is based at Sandia’s Albuquerque, NM site. The successful candidate will lead the staff and first level managers at both locations.

One unique aspect of this position is that the Sr. Manager is responsible for the operations of Sandia’s Carlsbad site and the staff and contractors working there. This position has frequent interactions with DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), other national labs, and WIPP regulators as well as the town’s leadership. As the face of Sandia in Carlsbad, the Sr. Manager will need to reside near and work in Carlsbad, NM.

Sandia’s work in Carlsbad is important and enduring- our work on the WIPP project began in the fall of 1974 and Sandia established our office in Carlsbad in 1994. WIPP’s importance to NNSA will only increase with the new PIT production at Los Alamos National Lab since WIPP is the only repository for the nation’s defense-related nuclear waste.

The selected candidate will provide leadership and advocacy for the diverse team of about 50 scientists, engineers, technologists, postdocs, contractors, and student interns advancing the practice of nuclear waste disposal and ensuring the environmental safety and security of both locations.

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

  • Lead and provide professional development for your three direct report managers and the rest of your team

  • Provide a clear vision and strategy for the work in the Defense Waste Management Program and ensure delivery of current and future workload

  • Engage with a diverse customer base including DOE and DOD. Work with staff and peer managers to improve programs in nuclear waste disposal and environmental management

  • Cultivate a safe, secure, creative, and productive work environment for all

  • Ensure that the organization is timely in responding to internal and external customer needs, policies, and requirements; and

  • Manage laboratory facilities located in Carlsbad and Albuquerque as well as the entire Carlsbad office site

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant STEM field (engineering, geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, chemistry, math, or a closely related field) plus either a Master’s in a relevant STEM field or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Eight or more years of related technical experience including implementing/leading field and laboratory experiments

  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated project leadership and/or managerial experience

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

This position requires you to reside near, and to work in, Carlsbad, New Mexico. You must also be able to travel to Albuquerque, NM or other locations frequently.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s or PhD in a relevant STEM field

  • Experience with nuclear waste disposal

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external customers, including the ability to build effective working relationships

  • Demonstrated commitment to environment, safety, and health

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated in written publications and an in-person interview

  • Experience in establishing and carrying out program and organizational strategy including experience in technical business development

  • Ability to deliver results, effectively manage and mentor staff, and guide diverse multidisciplinary teams

  • Experience working within policy-focused and politically sensitive programs including the relevant regulatory agencies

  • Understanding of the technical capabilities housed at Sandia’s primary locations in Albuquerque and Livermore, CA for reach-back capabilities

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance

About Our Team:

Researchers in Sandia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Grid Modernization (NFCGM) Center perform fundamental and applied R&D to create a safe, secure, and resilient energy future for the nation. We lead in developing an advanced electric grid with reliable resources and storage; enhancing the safety, security, safeguards, and economic viability of nuclear energy; and advancing the science and engineering of nuclear waste management. The Center consists of four Groups: Grid Modernization and Energy Storage, Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle, Nuclear Energy Safety and Security, and Defense Waste Management Programs. This position will manage and execute Sandia’s $30M Defense Waste Management Program and operate Sandia’s Carlsbad remote site as well as facilities on the southeast section of Kirtland AFB. The Group performs a significant amount of activity level work at both sites and draws from the expertise of other organizations at Sandia to execute their programs. Their work is vital to ensuring the future of nuclear waste management in the United States.

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: 688502

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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