R&D Manager, ND Exploratory Systems & Special Projects (233) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7247369 (Ref:Sa693431)

Posted: May 31, 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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are currently seeking a highly skilled and motivated R&D Manager to join our team in the ND Exploratory Systems & Special Projects organization. As the R&D Manager, you will lead a dynamic and multidisciplinary team focused on supporting Nuclear Deterrence technology and capability maturation and demonstration. Your role will be instrumental in shaping and informing both current and future ND systems.

As the R&D Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and fostering innovation, creativity, and the speed of technology development.
  • Building and nurturing excellent relationships with external government and enterprise partners.
  • Developing and executing the capability strategy of the department to ensure future system development aligns with the needs of future programs and emerging threats.
  • Facilitating meaningful integration and accelerating program realization by effectively coordinating the efforts of the ND and SPP Portfolios.
  • Collaborating with DOD stakeholders, DOE/NNSA, national laboratories, and other external partners.
  • Partnering with various organizations within Sandia to ensure effective system and component design, as well as test and evaluation.
  • Overseeing and managing the workforce within the organization, including hiring, professional development, and performance management, in alignment with the organization's mission.

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

Salary Range:

$149,700 - $254,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field, plus 8 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • 3 years of relevant technical leadership experience in Nuclear Deterrence projects
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communications (e.g., technical presentations)
  • Active DOE Q-Level clearance or equivalent DoD clearance with ability to obtain and maintain additional clearances which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Graduate degree in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated history of large-scale program and/or project management, delivering programs within cost, schedule, and performance constraints.
  • Experience in successfully interacting with and influencing a variety of stakeholders at all levels, customers, indusry partners, management and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead large or multidisciplinary teams across the laboratories
  • Proactive engagement with customers and colleagues to manage execution uncertainties and the impact of new information.
  • Experience in building, developing, and maintaining a team of highly skilled interdisciplinary professionals.
  • A history of establishing and maintaining trusted partnerships.
  • Demonstrated business and social acumen

About Our Team:

New Mexico A&E Demonstrator Systems (233) is a dynamic, multidisciplinary team that anticipates the future, identifies, pairs, and integrates technologies and capabilities to shape and inform both current and future ND systems. System demonstrators allow us to prove technology interfaces early, driving down uncertainty and reducing risks to weapons programs.

While preparing the nation to meet immediate and emerging threats, our concepts are inherently agile and resilient. This critical demonstrator work to advance component design and assess readiness helps us understand the trade space, accept risks early, and adjust quickly. We collaborate across Sandia, partnering with other A&E departments, as well as external entities. Core elements of readiness to meet the nation's future ND needs include:

  • a deep understanding of the threat environment,
  • fostering innovation across technologies and capabilities to shape and inform future objectives,
  • engaging the full force of Sandias science and technology, integrating technologies and capabilities for demonstration and de-risking in lab, ground, and flight environments.

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: 693431

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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Job posting number:#7247369 (Ref:Sa693431)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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