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RampD Manager - Mechanical Systems Design

Albuquerque, NM, United States

Posted on
Jul 29, 2020

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Passionate about leading and developing teams that impact national security missions? Join our dynamic team and develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

We are seeking a Manager, R&D Science and Engineering to manage a team of mechanical designers, engineers, technologists, and support staff responsible for sustaining and developing next generation secure transportation systems. The Mechanical Systems and Design Department addresses engineering issues related to ensuring the current SafeGuards Transporter (SGT) fleet is fully operational, including development of detailed mechanical design of the next generation Mobile Guardian Transporter (MGT). Both SGT and MGT projects are high visibility, multi-year efforts which go from concept development to fielded product, system assessment and surveillance, engineering updates, to demilitarization and retirement.

On any given day, the selected applicant may be called on to:

Provide direction on decisions affecting the viability of the SGT fleet
Help develop a technology roadmap for the capability enhancement of the department
Work with the Office of Secure Transportation (OST) customer on matters affecting fleet operations
Collaborate with other managers to allocate resources (space and staff)
Closely partner with other departments throughout Sandia to effectively use the capabilities of the high bay lab
Coordinate a 24/7 response team responding to OST mission needs
Manage staff, including professional development, work assignments, and assessment and performance management, consistent with the mission of the organization
Lead all aspects of safe operations of the high bay, which may entail performance of hazardous operations vital for fulfilling mission requirements
Provide Derivative Classifier support


Masters or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related STEM field plus four years' related technical experience


Two years of proven leadership experience
Experience leading diverse technical teams and collaboration with teams resulting in a positive outcome
Experience developing visions and opportunities for growing mission capabilities
Strong interpersonal skills and history of developing positive relationships with staff, peer managers, and internal/external partners
Experience with effective professional development of staff
Proficiency in nuclear weapon design particularly nuclear weapon safety
Knowledge of structural analysis, material science and modeling and simulation of complex structures
Experience planning strategy, creating roadmaps, developing partnerships, forming teams, mentoring, and encouraging others to perform with excellence

Department Description:

We support **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.' nuclear weapon community in efforts spanning DOE and DoD strategic weapons shipment and storage by designing safe and secure transportation solutions which meet known, evolving, and emerging design basis threats. Our subject matter specialists provide mechanical engineering analysis and design, and implement secure transportation solutions, thus helping to ensure the security of our national critical strategic assets and facilities in dynamic environments.

About Sandia:

**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. 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 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: ****
*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.

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