30 days old

R&D Manager - Space Mission Advanced Concepts

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 seeking an opportunity to lead in Space Mission Engineering? Become the R&D Manager of the Space Mission Advanced Concepts Department (6353), which focuses applying Sandia technologies to address unmet needs for the United States Space Force!

On any given day, you may be called to:

+ Lead the organization in developing technologies for space systems and architectures and perform research for future systems and architectures

+ Guide the work of the department and connect the expertise of the group with potential beneficiaries, collaborators, and customers

+ Promote excellence by managing and coordinating specific work, overall program and project plans, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements

+ Ensure that customer needs are satisfied through the creation of trust-based relationships

+ Work collaboratively with other managers to guide strategy and capability development

+ Apply organization knowledge and experience to independently judge work quality, performance, and alignment of results with customer expectations

+ Oversee and manage members of the workforce, in the organization, including hiring, professional development, and assessment and performance management, consistent with the mission of the organization

+ Counsel and assist employees and management on government legislation, U.S. Department of Energy contract compliance, and Sandia National Laboratories’ policies or procedures to ensure compliance

+ Moderate travel should be anticipated to support these objectives

Qualifications We Require:

+ Master's Degree and/or PhD in computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, or related field plus five years of relevant experience

+ Three years of experience in technical project leadership and/or technical project management

+ Active Q-level clearance or equivalent, and ability to obtain an SCI clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience with the DoD and IC Space communities

+ Two years demonstrated leadership experience

+ Experience in identifying, realizing and developing new project opportunities

+ Demonstrated interest and success in recruiting, hiring and developing/mentoring new personnel

+ Demonstrate business and political acumen while interacting with customers

+ Experience carrying out and leading SCI and/or Special Access Program (SAP) level projects

+ Experience with developing and implementing strategic goals and objectives

+ Experience in managing experienced, high-performing technical staff

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills

+ Experience developing and presenting proposals to internal and external partners

+ Proven ability to build trusting relationships

+ Active SCI clearance

About Our Team:

We are focused on developing future program opportunities for the Space Mission Program, engaging with key external communities, agencies, and industrial entities. The strategic goals of SMEPO are realized through program development in five key mission areas including 1) Traditional Multispectral Sensing, 2) Missile Warning and Missile Defense, 3) Mission Data Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination, 4) Space Situational Awareness and Space Control, and 5) Space Based ISR. The leaders of these mission areas are responsible for achieving the SMP development and diversification activities. SMEPO also teams with the broad S&T community to drive the development of technologies that will differentiate Sandia as a key member of the Nation’s space community.

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:

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.

Job ID: 682731



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-06 Expires: 2022-07-06

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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