Manager, R&D Science and Engineering - Explosives Research and Development Department "Onsite"

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7192838 (Ref:Sa692043)

Posted: November 10, 2023

Job Description

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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification. What Your Job Will Be Like: Do you want to make an enduring contribution to national security? We are seeking a R&D manager to lead the Explosives Research and Development Department. The selected candidate will team with peer managers to conduct operations in multiple explosive ranges. You will also maintain facilities and capabilities to host partner agency first responder WMD training. We serve a diverse group of program areas both internal and external to the Labs. Project work primarily involves explosive R&D testing, data acquisition including instrumentation and x-ray diagnostics, energetics training, modeling and simulation, stockpile surveillance, and engineering design of integrated explosive systems. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Lead a high performing, highly dedicated, and mission passionate team in the conduct of national security explosive testing operations. + Ensure all operations (i.e. explosive tests, range work, training exercises) are conducted in compliance with Sandia’s Work Planning and Control (WP&C) process and are executed safely and efficiently. + Ensure that all operations are conducted with security awareness and follow Sandia policies. + Develop and articulate a vision for the future of the facilities, infrastructure, and capabilities in close partnership with group, center, and division management. + Develop new customer relationships and create new business opportunities. + Partner with other internal and external organizations to conduct important nationally significant research and development. + Negotiate work package agreements to ensure adequate funding is available to accomplish and maintain the mission of the department. + Provide management oversight of field work, including explosive testing and energetics training. + Perform the day-to-day management and leadership required to maintain the site 9920 facilities. + Ensure that staff are trained, qualified, and capable of performing a variety of hazardous work. + Attract, develop, and retain a world class workforce. + Advise Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) work, developing new diagnostics techniques, and interfacing with internal customers and Explosive Center of Excellence partners. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Qualifications We Require: Education: + Master's degree in mechanical, electrical, explosive, material science, or relevant science/engineering field plus (4) years of relevant experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in one of the identified STEM fields plus (8) years of relevant experience. Equivalent experience in lieu of degrees must be engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development. Other Required Qualifications: + Minimum of (2) years demonstrated experience leading a diverse team in conducting hazardous activity-level (hands on) work. + Experience in the following: + Managing or executing mid to large-scale experiments (preference given to work with energetic material). + Managing or leading projects and teaming/partnering with other organizations for successful execution/results. + Experience with Sandia’s Work Planning and Control process and/or similar operational risk management process. + Willingness and ability to become a qualified Explosives Manager of Record, following a prescribed Training and Qualification plan. + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance. The position will likely require higher-level clearance, which may require a polygraph test. Qualifications We Desire: + Experience in: + Managing people or projects with energetic and other hazards, including high voltage, radiation, and construction-like work. + Managing explosive and/or field operations. + Project/Program development experience, skills, or training. + Negotiating customer requirements, work scope, budget, and schedule. + Working with classified matter and material. + Working with Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP). + Good internal and external relationships with partners and customers. + Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. + Active DOE Q-level or DOD equivalent (Top Secret) security clearance. About Our Team: The Explosives Research and Development Department, 6648, engages in research, design and testing of explosive systems, ballistic protection and blast mitigation technology, and in training of various emergency responders (e.g. FBI, EOD, etc.). The department operates Site 9920 which is composed of a variety of explosive firing pads and test facilities. Department staff routinely team with other departments in the group to perform experiments at other sites such as Thunder Range, 9930, 9940 and at off-site locations. The department has expertise in the fields of explosives technology, aerosol sciences, instrumentation, rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing, and field test engineering. This combination of experience and a deep knowledge of engineering and science, leads to the department’s ability to rapidly provide innovative solutions to a variety of complex explosives engineering problems for Sandia and NNSA/DOE Programs along with a variety of other government agency customers. Work in this department is often classified or sensitive. 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. EEO: 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: 692043


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.


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