Manager, R&D Science and Engineering - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7236801 (Ref:Sa693240)

Posted: April 18, 2024

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:*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Organization 02960, Design Engineering II, is seeking a Manager, R&D Science and Engineering to direct a team of Engineers and Technologists in developing and implementing strategies to deliver innovative design solutions, analysis, and high-quality mechanical design models and product definition to support successful product prototyping, qualification, and realization.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Lead staff as they interface across multiple enterprises, integrating relevant multidisciplinary technology areas.
  • Serve, empower and mentor staff as they exercise critical thinking to develop design solutions, perform analysis, and deliver high-quality mechanical design definition to various customers across multiple mission areas.
  • Ensure customer needs are satisfied by managing and coordinating specific deliverables, budgets, schedules, and staffing requirements.
  • Oversee the work of engineers and drafters, making sure that every model and drawing is high quality, professional and adheres to applicable project standards.
  • Impact cross-cut technology areas and corporate central initiatives such as Digital Engineering.
  • Team closely with peers and partners across the Labs to deliver on commitments.
  • Be a part of a diverse team of 15 integrated departments in Design Engineering that execute together – whether from integrated hiring to rapid response for emerging technical issues.
  • At the heart of the leadership team is a dedicated, prevention and service ethos—and a real passion for staff development.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree in a technical field (science or engineering) plus 8 years' proven experience
  • Relevant experience must be engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development
  • Minimum 2 years demonstrated experience leading or managing others
  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

Qualifications We Desire:

Demonstrated experience and capabilities in the following:

  • Recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and/or retaining staff and leading career development.
  • Direct experience in the design, development, production, qualification, and/or delivery of high-consequence systems.
  • Leading and managing R&D engineering projects through complexity, exercising flexibility and technical discernment.
  • Influencing technical decisions and delivery without direct authority.
  • Creating accountability, managing friction, eliciting win/win solutions.
  • The ability to build strong, trust-based teaming relationships with internal peers, all customers, and partners with different needs and agendas.
  • Identifying and reducing technical risk in a high-consequence environment; experience applying risk-based approaches to evaluate difficulty level of product qualification activities.
  • Social acuity and emotional intelligence; the ability to anticipate and resolve ambiguous and contentious issues with differing technical points of view through crucial conversations.
  • Implementing engineering principles, tools, methodologies, and best direction
  • Design assurance acuity, including requirements engineering, and configuration management.
  • Experience using CAD software for complex modeling and definition generation while applying engineered solutions for either electrical or mechanical products.
  • Experience working with or in production facilities and related manufacturing tools and methods.
  • An ability to solve sophisticated technical problems in the absence of clear direction (experience in ambiguous environments).
  • The ability to develop and convey a vision and empower others to work towards accomplishing that vision.
  • An ability to understand and evaluate diverse and incomplete data sets and draw appropriate engineering conclusions.

About Our Team:

Design Engineering provides mechanical and electrical design definition services for our weapon and non-weapon customers. The design staff in organization 2960 is involved in all aspects of the life-cycle design process from model creation through simulation and analysis. Design Engineering is also responsible for providing access to and configuration management of engineering information.

Department 2961 provides Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) engineering and design services to support Nuclear Weapon (NW) and Sandia Partnership Projects (SPP). Specifically, we specialize in the creation, management, and release of CAD definition to support product realization teams and product definition requirements implementing Model Based Definition (MBD). We deliver high quality 3D solid models and drawings, and apply tolerance analysis, design for manufacturability and inspection, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) expertise to satisfy design and engineering intent. Our staff are vital members of various PRT’s accountable for the design and product definition for NW and SPP systems.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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: 693240

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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