1+ months

Quality Assurance Specialist - Ground System Development (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you a self-motivated problem solver? Are you passionate about your work and dream of exploring solutions within a team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? Then join our dynamic team as a Quality Assurance Specialist!

On any given day, the selected candidate may be asked to:

+ Support subsystem systems engineering, project management and documentation specialist competency team on execution and process improvements for complex ground system development and delivery.

+ Collaborate with the Program Office and system-level Quality partners as well as those responsible for developing, testing, and implementing the system and its elements.

+ Enable continuous performance improvement activities using Plan-Do-Check-Act and defect prevention principles and methodologies.

+ Support execution and sustainment of Risk and Opportunity Management Plan.

+ Support retention of external certification (AS9100D) of the quality management system.

+ Develop and manage performance metrics and conduct data analysis to evaluate the success of end-to-end processes and quality improvement initiatives. Monitor trends and reports on performance results.

+ Contribute to strategic planning activities and facilitate management reviews.

+ Ensure operation and continuous improvement of document control and records management processes.

+ Facilitate the onboarding of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary team during rapid growth period supporting new acquisition program.

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

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree System Engineering, Management of Information Systems or other relevant field, plus 2 years related experience

+ Experience with analysis, design, development, and implementation of technical, performance-based, and/or quality assurance systems

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience in applying Quality Tools (e.g., RCA, Statistics, Lean methodology, Six Sigma)

+ Experience in auditing and assessing processes and systems (AS9100D)

+ Demonstrated skill in conducting benchmarking, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions for problems that affect performance results

+ Familiarity with Agile software development methodologies including Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) processes and tools (Rally)

+ Familiarity with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools such as GENESYS or MagicDraw

+ Proven leadership skills, including the ability to develop and articulate a strategic plan and successfully complete it to deliver desired results

+ Ability to work effectively with other organizations, functions, project sponsors, customers and suppliers

+ Organizational skills, including the ability to effectively prioritize and complete tasks in a high-pressure environment

+ Excellent written and oral communication skills

+ Understanding of the full product development lifecycle

+ Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify creative solutions

+ Active DOE clearance

About Our Team:

We develop operational monitoring systems in support of the US and International nuclear monitoring and non-proliferation mission with particular focus on US Nuclear Detonation (NuDet) Detection System (USNDS) ground systems. From basic research and development to fully deployed operational data processing and analysis systems, the organization specializes in software feature development, machine learning, analytics, algorithm development and data analysis. Our department's focus is on mission driven systems engineering, architecture, and project management at the execution level for these large, complex software systems to ensure successful development, delivery, and sustainment. We use core skills across the product life cycle including requirement definition, development, decomposition, and verification; technical system engineering and documentation; risk management; platform/software/security architectures; agile frameworks; and delivery of products to site. We share a passion for mission performance and seek opportunities to optimize injection of novel technologies and process improvements with operational system integrity and continuity.

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.

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.


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.

Job ID: 683398



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-20 Expires: 2022-07-20

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

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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