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W87-1 Systems Engineer, Requirements (Experienced)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 690550

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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:

The W87-1 Modification Program at Sandia National Laboratories is working with the NNSA, U.S. Air Force and other national labs to develop a ground-based strategic warhead that improves on the safety and security elements of legacy weapons in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. This program is a critical element in our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy.

Working on the W87-1, 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.

This is an extraordinarily unique opportunity at Sandia, which is unlike any other place to gain experience for a national and international priority. Why not join us? We want you to be a part of our innovative and collaborative team and make an impact on the nation and the world! We are seeking a highly motivated Systems Engineer for our dynamic, growing team. In this role, you may be responsible for generating and maintaining the non-nuclear derived system compatibility definition (CD), which is intended to be the main document that derives requirements from the Interface Control Documents and System CD and work in conjunction with design teams and surety teams to derive requirements to component product realization teams. Proven expert knowledge in requirements and the system design to provide a complete set of system requirements to all parties associated with the functionality of the W87-1 is critical. Be a part of direct involvement in all aspects of requirements management including testing, qualification, and verification. Collaboration and upward reporting to program leadership and Sandia’s executive management on metrics associated with requirements performance and/or exceptions. This amazing opportunity is located at our Livermore, CA location or Albuquerque, NM location.

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

  • Derive system requirements for components compatibility documents.

  • Derive and interpret shared requirements with Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL).

  • Collaborate regularly with the program’s leadership and Sandia’s executive management on metrics and burn down plans.

  • Prepare for and present to diverse audiences at technical design reviews and programmatic meetings.

  • Coordinate with teams to develop a detailed understanding of customer requirements and ensure maturation of requirements for specific system aspects or components.

  • Attend technical meetings with the mechanical, electrical and qualification teams.

  • Work together with other system requirement engineers and/or component engineers, and provide technical mentorship on how to write appropriate requirements for verification.

  • Manage the requirements database objects for requirements traceability, orphan requirements and inconsistencies within requirements language.

  • Assist in integration activities with various teams and PRTs.

  • Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams (i.e., NNSA, DoD, LLNL).

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in either Livermore, CA or Albuquerque, NM. Some travel may be required for this position (up to 25%).

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or a related STEM field, plus (1) one year of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus (5) five years of experience; OR equivalent related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance.

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated field.

  • Experience working on nuclear weapons design, qualification, production, or related projects.

  • Proven ability to develop and lead large, cross-organization, multidisciplinary teams.

  • Experience developing, negotiating, and communicating requirements for either Joint Test Assemblies or other nuclear weapon system-level designs.

  • At least 5 years of experience working on a PRT or within NW product realization framework.

  • Project management skills.

  • Experience with MBSE principles and implementation.

  • 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.

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

  • Ability to develop trusting partnerships.

  • Ability to maintain a constructive approach in a dynamic environment.

  • Experience with Phase 6.X NSE program execution.

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

  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter in an ambiguous environment.

About Our Team:

The W87-1 System team is responsible for designing and qualifying the W87-1 warhead and for working with the Sentinel Missile System Project Officer (SPO) to integrate the warhead with the missile. The team comprises advanced-degree technical staff with backgrounds in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering. Additionally, the team includes core partners in project management, reliability, quality, nuclear safety, surveillance, engineering sciences, and material sciences. The W87-1 system team collaborates closely with LLNL as Design Agencies for the program. The system team also participates in multiple subgroups supporting the USAF Project Officers Group (POG).

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: 690550

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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

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