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R&D Manager- Next Generation Reentry Vehicle (NGRV) Systems

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691837

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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:

Envisioning your future as a Sandian

This is an extraordinary unique opportunity at Sandia to provide visionary leadership. Why not join us? At Sandia, you will be part of collaborative teams that make an impact on the nation and the world! We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Manager to join our Next Generation Reentry Vehicle (NGRV) Systems team!


Working on NGRV, 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.

As an R&D Manager, you will be responsible for setting up the team and delivering on Phase 1 milestones for the next Air Force warhead development program, currently named Next Generation Reentry Vehicle (NGRV). You will lead and manage the NGRV Program to understand system requirements and conduct Trade Studies, while working with the NNSA and U.S. Air Force to develop weapon system architecture concepts in collaboration with other Design Laboratories (LLNL, LANL) as well as Production Agencies (KCNSC, Pantex, etc). This program is a critical element in our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy.

As an R&D Manager, you will:


  • Lead and inspire the NGRV team to achieve program milestones with excellence and energy.

  • Develop and lead Nuclear Deterrence (ND) projects to support current and future work and customer needs.

  • Manage department and program resources, ensuring on-time and on-budget deliveries that meet programmatic objectives.

  • Ensure the team's vision is aligned with program objectives.

  • In this new role, lead and grow a new department. Oversee and manage approx. 4 to start while building the team of needed staff up to 10-12, coordinate recruitment, training, performance assessment, and other HR-related functions.


  • Effectively communicate program progress, milestones, and deliverables to various stakeholders across the Nuclear Security Enterprise, including the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) at Sandia.

  • Address values of diversity and inclusion, serving the nation, work and life balance, continuous improvement, learning from failure, and staff growth and development.

  • Develop and articulate novel system concepts to stakeholders.


  • Establish internal partnerships with Advanced and Exploratory Systems departments and other organizations that focus on current and future programs as well as component and technology organizations that will contribute hardware to the program system design.

  • Establish and nurture relationships with internal and external customers to develop and execute new programs.

  • Build trust-based partnerships across Sandia and with external partners.

    Apply Your Technical Expertise

  • Apply your technical expertise in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) projects to support current and future work and customer needes

  • Appy your expertise in developing technologies for either nuclear or conventional weapon applications

  • Recognized as an indisputable expert and leader in the ND community including industry recognition and reputation. Has a demonstrated command for defining long term strategy

    This position is located onsite at our Livermore, CA location.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM field plus 8 or more years of related technical experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE Q Security Clearance and other caveats.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master of Science degree in a STEM field plus 8 or more years of related technical experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing projects and leading diverse high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Knowledge and/or experience of system engineering concepts and principles

  • Experience with the Nuclear Deterrence programs.

  • Demonstrated commitment to value diversity and inclusion among the workforce .

  • Ability to function in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment, and to work effectively with different levels of management, DOE/DOD partners, and Systems Leads.

  • Experience with weapons technology testing and conducting demonstrations.

  • Analytical skills in understanding customer requirements and development work packages in support of their needs and expectations

  • Must be self-directed and customer focused with strong interpersonal, teaming, and leadership.

  • Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling to large and diverse audiences.

About Our Team:

Next Generation Reentry Vehicle (NGRV) Systems team is developing transformational, threat-informed solutions that enable the Nuclear Security Enterprise to meet emerging national security needs with a responsive nuclear deterrent. Within our Center, we develop safe, secure, trusted, and mission-capable weapon designs and architectures. We partner internally and integrate across the Nuclear Security Enterprise to provide thorough, objective information to our nation’s decision makers. We do this through preparing for Programs of Record and Urgent Operational Needs, maintaining a systems and digital engineering capability, and cultivating national and international relationships.

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: 691837

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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 California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
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  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

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