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R&D Manager, Special Programs I (8771)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 689905

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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:

$158,000 - $268,600

*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:

Do you want to have a real, tangible, impact in national security by leading stewardship of high consequence capabilities that directly support the warfighter?

We are seeking a mission-driven department manager (Manager, R&D Science and Engineering) to lead our Special Programs I Department (8771). You will take on a broad range of responsibilities, from programmatic leadership to personnel and technical management in support of national security missions that are the nexus between systems engineering and high consequence software development and operational excellence.

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

  • Programmatically lead the “W Portfolio” of activities within the Space Mission Program’s Strategic Reconnaissance and Secure Communications Program Office (SRSCPO).

  • Lead teams of multi-disciplinary system, software, and operational engineers that develop and sustain high consequence software solutions.

  • Help your team anticipate mission risk, develop and execute on plans for addressing those challenges.

  • Ensure that internal and external customer needs are satisfied by managing and coordinating specific deliverables, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements.

  • Partner with peers across the Laboratory (particularly in New Mexico) on related efforts to ensure a consistent message to common customers and stakeholders.

  • Lead SRSCPO’s configuration management, delivery management, and overall continuous improvement business processes to result in enhanced mission impact while reducing execution complexity and churn.

  • Provide an enriching and supportive environment for members of the workforce that fosters teamwork and career development. Leverage that perspective in stewarding our High Security Spaces, in partnership with security organizations, to advocate and deliver on innovations.

  • Partner within the group, center, Space Mission Program, and Laboratory to ensure we are bringing the best Sandia can offer to the missions we steward.

    Additional responsibilities of the Special Programs I Manager include:

  • Manage the day-to-day operational, technical, and administrative responsibilities of the department.

  • Coordinate subordinate employee recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition and disciplinary actions.

  • Provide oversight of security and need-to-know management procedures.

  • Assure program execution (department-level program budgets, staffing, and work) and addressing performance and execution gaps.

  • Understand the department’s technical work and advocate strongly, both internally and externally.

  • Oversee work that is rooted in the fundamentals of science and engineering and requires a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite in Livermore, CA.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's degree in relevant STEM subject area plus 4 years’ relevant experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM subject area plus 8 years’ relevant experience

  • Ability to travel regularly

  • Ability to obtain U.S. Department of Energy Q and Other Government Agency (OGA) security clearances including SSBI for this position. In order to obtain these clearances, U.S. Citizenship and polygraphs are required.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree in engineering, computer science, or information technology

  • Experience working in a classified environment

  • Demonstrated leadership and teaming in a complex, fast paced environment

  • Ability to communicate well, including creating and presenting briefings

  • Previous engineering experience in a product delivery or production environment

  • Ability to model behaviors that reflect Sandia's core values

  • Ability to create trust-based relationships to ensure customer needs are satisfied

  • Experience working with DOE and OGA customers and communities

  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated leadership experience

  • Current DOE Q and SCI security clearances or DoD SCI equivalent

About Our Team:

More data often does not reduce situational complexity and ambiguity. In 8770, we conduct research and development on the tools we build, the data we move, and the situational awareness we create. All work together for national security.

Our Strategic Reconnaissance and Secure Communications Program Office (SRSCPO) is primarily based at the California site. We develop and deploy software applications that integrate into active operating systems to sustain the movement of information, spanning a variety of networks and platforms, and providing 24/7 situational awareness for national security.

We contribute to the development of information for application to Sandia’s Space Mission Program and a suite of portfolios. Our focus areas are development, evaluation, and implementation of secure communication strategies for situational awareness, information analysis, and software applications.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 689905

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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
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California

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