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Systems Engineering (Experienced)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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.


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? The Tailored Operational Support Group (5970) designs, delivers and supports operational systems for Strategic Partnership Program/Intelligence Partnership Program sponsors. These systems may follow traditional development cycles based on standard methodologies or follow highly accelerated efforts to meet an urgent need. In support of this mission we are looking for a strong Systems Engineer to join 5970. This person may support systems engineering efforts, help pursue innovation efforts to broaden the teams portfolio, engage with new sponsors in program development, and grow in program understanding to eventually become a technical project lead.

The selected applicant will employ a systems-level approach to plan and execute development of operational requirements. They will apply coordinated technical judgment to balance development activities and operational use. This person will partner with personnel from Departments 5973, 5974, 5977 and 5979 along with other matrixed organizations to seek the full system lifecycle of a technical project: concept, design, manufacturing, qualification testing, sponsor training, delivery and post-delivery support.

The systems engineer we're looking for will lead the effort to acquire the necessary information for understanding the whole problem, exploring it from all angles and ensuring the teams have clear, verifiable requirements to pursue the most appropriate solutions.

On any given day the selected candidate may be called upon to:

+ Collaborate with the customer to elicit and define system requirements
+ Work with the mission assurance team to ensure increased rigor and systems engineering across the project.
+ Work with the business team to ensure project is operating within budget, on schedule, and managing project risks
+ Ensure sophisticated OPSEC and security requirements are addressed with design teams and partners
+ Engage laboratory peers in NM to increase existing operational capabilities
+ Recommend project opportunities and risks to management and senior management
+ Communicate/negotiate requirements with the design team and sponsors
+ Validate the system against requirements by reviewing the design and qualification artifacts
+ Verify the final system meets sponsor requirements and ensure records exist to support as-designed and as-built configurations, in coordination with the information manager and hardware management lead
+ Initiate and execute trade studies with SMEs and chief engineer support
+ Lead design and gate review preparation activities
+ Support other technical leads and chief engineer as needed as part of onboarding
+ Learn about the program and team in order to eventually become responsible for the successful execution of a project as part of a multi-million-dollar sensor program
+ Develop proposals to pursue innovation opportunities and broaden critical opportunities
+ This position requires periodic travel

Note: To be considered for this position, all candidates must submit a current resume.


+ You possess a Bachelors and Advanced (Masters or PhD) degree in relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field (i.e., Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Systems Engineering) OR a Bachelors in STEM and four years of relevant experience
+ You have a strong, demonstrated foundation in systems engineering and program management (e.g., your experience includes two or more years experience as a Systems Engineer and/or Project Lead for technical projects)
+ You have a current DOE Q clearance and ability to satisfy SCI access which may require a polygraph


Ideally, your background would also include:

+ Project leadership experience in Strategic Partnering Program (SPP) and Strategic Partnering Intelligence Program (SIPP) projects
+ Proven ability to collaborate with external government customers and communicate effectively on both technical and programmatic topics
+ Demonstrated experience building successful, multidisciplinary teams
+ Demonstrated use and application of systems engineering principles throughout the full systems engineering life cycle
+ Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to exercise systems thinking in a program/project setting in order to apply a holistic approach of considering the big picture and broadening the perspective for analyzing a problem and identifying solutions
+ Familiarity with the design, development and qualification of radiation sensing, imaging or other sensing technologies (or other similar technically complex system)
+ Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask with competing priorities and changing and sometimes ambiguous environments
+ Excellent communication skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling, strong writing skills, and strong interpersonal skills
+ Demonstrated ability to implement high-quality standards while establishing and maintaining effective and positive relationships with internal and external partners at all experience and authority levels
+ Demonstrated experience in proposal writing and innovative efforts
+ Active SCI clearance

Department Description:

The Threat Intelligence Center enables the national security missions of the defense and intelligence communities to reduce threats to our nation by applying engineering expertise to develop solutions to some of the nations most challenging technical problems. The Tailored Operational Support Group is involved in the program management and development of technologies as part of the Threat Intelligence Center at Sandia. We provide research, design and development of innovative technologies and sensing systems and technical assessments complemented by intelligence-based analysis. Our teams are diverse technically and work closely with an extended network at the laboratories to address and assess critical national security issues with a multi-disciplinary approach. The departments in Group 5970 seek a variety of technical projects from concept, to sponsor training, delivery and support of products.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 2021-01-06 Expires: 2021-02-06

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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