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Sandia National Laboratories Science & Engineering Project Manager (Experienced) in Livermore, California


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.


We are seeking a Science & Engineering Project Manager for the Lead Program Engineer role for the W80-4 Life Extension Program. The S&E PM will partner closely with the System Engineering Leads across the program as well as management and leads at other sites. Are you passionate about using your technical experience to provide detailed analysis and recommendations? This role could be a great fit!

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

  • Manage the Sandia PRTs on the System Management Team Integrated Project Team, and provide leadership and integration across the programmatic team.

  • Coordinate scope with the Air Force and engage with the Sandia Field Office and the ND PMO.

  • Lead strategic improvement initiatives within the team that benefit the mission.

  • Be responsible for ensuring successful execution of milestones & deliverables across the program.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant science, technology, engineering, or math related field plus five or more years of experience in an R&D (Science and/or Engineering) role and/or technical Science & Engineering Project Manager role; or equivalent combination of education and engineering or scientific experience (such as a Master's degree in relevant STEM field plus one or more years of technical experience).

  • Experience with standard project management practices for technical work, such as project plan development and control, risk management, requirements management, project staffing, scope management, project scheduling, cost estimation and management, quality assurance, communications planning and management, and procurement management.

  • Current PMP or equivalent certification, or ability to obtain certification within one year of hire.

  • Proficiency in tools and applications commonly employed in project management activities.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q security clearance.


  • Active Q or Top Secret clearance.

  • Ability to make decisions requiring engineering judgment and to effectively communicate across science and engineering subject areas.

  • Ability to collaborate with management at all levels.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Experience working on a Nuclear Deterrence, Life Extension Program

  • Experience working with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, or the Department of Defense.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects involving substantial resources ($100M/year or greater).

  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM).

  • Experience working nuclear weapon programs/projects at the system and component levels.

  • Project management education and certification(s).

    Department Description:

The W80-4 Project Management department is responsible for providing Science & Engineering (S&E) Project Management support to the W80-4 Life Extension Program (LEP) system team at the Sandia National Laboratories. The NW Programs are responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons, enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The Nuclear Weapons Programs’ three principal thrusts are: (1) overseeing the enduring nuclear weapons stockpile; (2) innovative analyses and evolution of warhead systems, subsystems, and components; their production and deployment; along with the development of supporting technologies; and (3) the safe, effective, and environmentally responsible dismantlement and disposal of weapons retired from the stockpile. This department is also an integral part of the Division 8000 Nuclear Weapons (NW) Project Management Office (PMO). Informed with technical expertise in engineering disciplines, the department provides and employs program/project management (PM) resources to plan, execute, manage, and report scope, cost, schedule, performance, requirements, risk and opportunities management, aspects of quality assurance, and information management functions associated with W80-4 LEP. The team utilizes engineering expertise and knowledge of PM methodologies and tools to partner with technical line organizations to perform, oversee, and lead the PM aspects of endeavors that successfully develop and deliver Science, Technology, & Engineering (ST&E) products.

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.