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R&D, Telemetry Engineering Department Manager (8432)

Livermore, CA 94550
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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 Manager, R&D Science and Engineering to join the 08430 team and lead the Telemetry Engineer 1 (8432) organization. The 8432 department currently has responsibility for our W87-0 telemetry development projects (Joint Environmental Unit (JETU), JTA4a, JTA4b) and our small portfolio of Strategic Partnership Projects. The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for providing professional leadership and guidance to the departments staff as well as programmatic and technical leadership for the departments projects. This includes meeting all currently agreed upon milestones and deliverables, maturing and deploying new technologies, and working with the 08430 management team to define the future of the business. 08430 is a highly matrixed group internally and the successful candidates will be expected to work closely with the 08430 management team to develop consistent and equitable processes and staffing decisions across the group.

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

+ Provide coaching and direction to staff including developing career goals and working to align assignments with those goals
+ Manage the day-to-day operational, technical, and administrative responsibilities of the department.
+ Work with the 08430 management team and department project teams to identify and secure needed resources which may include additional staff, infrastructure, and/or, funding.
+ Partner with internal organizations (Systems groups, Surveillance, Component Organizations) and external organizations (LLNL, LANL, KCNSC, and PX) to develop requirements, plan projects, and execute work.
+ Represent current and future JTA needs in strategic planning and workforce development.
+ Participate in efforts to recruit, train, and mentor new engineers to steward the Joint Test Assembly (JTA) capability and contribute effectively to broader Sandia missions.
+ Oversee laboratory operations to ensure that high-value and hazardous test activities are performed safely.
+ Provide oversight of, and guidance about, security and classification procedures.
+ Foster a culture of inclusion, safety, and security.

The successful candidate is not necessarily expected to possess immediate knowledge of telemetry instrumentation systems and nuclear weapons, but must have the willingness and aptitude to develop that knowledge in a timely manner.


+ Bachelors degree, or higher, in an engineering or science discipline, with at least eight years relevant experience or equivalent engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the job.
+ Experience in project development and customer interactions.
+ Experience in project management and execution.
+ Experience in leading and contributing to teams.
+ Demonstrated experience in coaching and/or mentorship.
+ Ability to travel up to 33% of your time, usually to Albuquerque, NM, Los Alamos, NM, Kansas City, KS, Amarillo, TX.
+ U.S. DOE Q security clearance.
+ Ability to obtain an SCI clearance.


+ Masters degree, or higher, in an engineering or science discipline with at least eight years relevant experience or equivalent relevant experience or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the job.
+ A minimum of two years of demonstrated leadership experience.
+ Experience in supporting and developing staff.
+ Experience and knowledge of Sandia's nuclear weapons program and the nuclear weapons enterprise.
+ Experience in JTA/TM.
+ Experience working with external production partners and stakeholders (KCNSC, Pantex, USAF, NSA).
+ Line management experience.
+ Ability to create a positive atmosphere in a very dynamic environment.
+ Familiarity or experience with Earned Value Management (EVM).
+ SCI Clearance.

Department Description:

The mission of the Telemetry Engineering 1 (8432) Department is to design, build, test and implement precision remote sensing instrumentation systems for use in stockpile maintenance and modernization programs to support the W87-0. More specifically, we are responsible for developing flight data instrumentation systems to support DOD and DOE Joint Test Assembly flight tests and environmental test units. These tests are used to confirm the performance of nuclear weapon systems and to validate flight environmental assumptions used in weapon design. Telemetry Engineering 1 consists of multiple disciplines working together in teams to execute our mission; these include project managers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, assembly technicians, and test engineers.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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.

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-11-19 Expires: 2020-12-20

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