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Sandia National Laboratories Project Controller (Experienced) in Livermore, California


We are seeking Project Controllers who can implement and improve project management services for their assigned programs. A Project Controller is critical to the overall success of a program/project and is frequently relied upon to provide detailed analysis and recommendations to leadership. The Project Controller will be responsible for a variety of project controller activities including assuming primary responsibility for developing analysis and reporting associated with various project controls job duties, such as project baseline, work package agreements, scheduling, cost control, cost estimation, earned value management (EVM), projections, variance analysis, project/program/portfolio integration or technical project reviews.

On any given day, in collaboration with other Business Operations organizations, you may be called upon to:

  • Plan, monitor, control, and report on project cost/schedule/scope
  • Represent the company externally with sponsors and vendors
  • Resolve policy or contracting issues affecting program success
  • Manage communication to program/project stakeholders
  • Analyze, prepare, validate, and maintain cost estimates, detailed baseline budgets, work package agreements, and monthly cost variance reports.
  • Ensure that all work is identified, defined, and appropriately managed.
  • Develop project budgets in collaboration with technical teams
  • Oversee project spend, commitments, burn rates and forecasts
  • Address budget concerns with management and customers and implement cost controls
  • Develop corrective actions to address cost variance
  • Maintain data integrity of program information
  • Support all internal and external reviews, assessments, and audits
  • Ensure timely generation, collection, dissemination, storage, and disposition of project artifacts
  • Prepare timely and accurate reports which highlight key technical and programmatic issues and summarize information for presentation to project stakeholders
  • Provide oversight for procurement activities to ensure that goods and services of the proper quality are obtained as required by the project


  • Experience in managing projects throughout all phases: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, Closing
  • Demonstrated experience in making risk informed decisions and communicating across project disciplines
  • Ability to lead without positional authority
  • Ability to produce work products that demonstrate attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to tailor presentation to audience
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure and/or ambiguous environment
  • Demonstrated teaming skills, including the ability to work effectively with peers, other organizations, project sponsors, program stakeholders, and suppliers
  • Knowledge of management practices, assurance processes, business operations, fiscal and scheduling systems, and acquisition standards
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to develop and articulate a strategic plan and successfully implement it to deliver desired results.
  • Advanced Proficiency in tools and applications commonly used in project management such as Microsoft Excel, Project, and/or Primavera
  • Ability to apply both business and technical concepts


  • Requires Bachelor's degree in Business or degree relevant to project control accountabilities and 5 years of demonstrated experience in Project Controls; or Master’s degree in relevant discipline and 2 or more years of demonstrated experience in Project Controls.
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Active Q or Top Secret clearance.
  • Knowledge of the Nuclear Weapons complex and product realization process.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, or the Department of Defense.
  • Project management education and certification(s).
  • Experience with Earned Value Management principles and methodology.
  • Experience with Primavera P6.
  • Experience with COBRA or other Earned Value engine.
  • Proficiency in tools and applications commonly employed in project management activities.
  • Demonstrated teaming skills, including the ability to work effectively with other organizations, project sponsors and customers, and suppliers.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interface with science and engineering technical management and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interface with management, customers, and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

Department Description:

The NW Mission Partner Department enables mission success by strategically partnering to provide solutions across the business continuum. We currently have exciting opportunities for experienced project controls professionals to provide matrixed expertise to technical organizations in support of various programs and projects in the Nuclear Weapons business area.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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:

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans

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