NFSB - Engineering Program/Project Lead (Experienced) at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

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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

We are seeking a Nuclear Facility Safety Basis Engineering Program/Project Lead.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Oversee a team of 5-8 nuclear facility safety basis (NFSB) engineers to effectively balance workload and prioritization of specific customer projects and timetables, Center priorities and initiatives, and provide safety basis assistance across the laboratory when needed, with a large focus on the ACRR, SPR/CX, and AHC Facilities at TA-V.
  • Provide on-site and off-site technical assistance, classroom training, document reviews, audits and assessments, and support of hazard analyses.
  • Perform analyses of processes, systems, and accident phenomenology.
  • Subject matter expertise for nuclear facility safety basis determinations; address DOE and Sandia safety basis requirements and issues; Primary Hazard Screening (PHS) design, development, and maintenance; Conduct of Operations; and Readiness Reviews.
  • Perform PHS reviews for those associated with Nuclear Facility Safety Basis (NFSB) and perform field assessments (walkdowns), if necessary.
  • Provide expertise in hazard identification, facilitate hazard analyses to identify and select appropriate controls, and develop/review safety cases.
  • Review the annual updates to the document safety analyses (DSAs) and technical safety requirements (TSRs) for nuclear facilities.
  • Lead or assist with various aspects of the Readiness Review process and evaluate the associated documentation to advise on whether planned work has achieved readiness for the safe startup or restart of operations.
  • Lead or assist with Conduct of Operation (ConOps) assessments.
  • Prepare or review Unreviewed Safety Question (USQ) documentation, to include the yearly assessment delivered to SFO.
  • Ensure a database of bounding radionuclide quantities/sources is maintained using PHS data to ensure there is no inadvertent creation of additional nuclear facilities at SNL.
  • Perform engineering analyses of nuclear or radioactive materials, chemical inventories, high-energy materials, and operations to resolve or establish a facility's hazard categorization based upon regulatory requirements.
  • Develop, review, maintain, and/or provide comments on changes to internal department policies, department owned corporate policies, the ES&H Manual, and other corporate policies and documents. Subject Matter Expert for corporate safety basis criteria general requirements document.
  • Monitor safety basis best-practices and lessons-learned across the DOE complex.
  • Prepare and review technical reports based on the expert interpretation of analyzed data.
  • Interface with a wide variety of Sandia departments such as operations, engineering, and assurance, at all levels of management, as well as the DOE Sandia Field Office and US Government strategic partners.
  • Develop, maintain, and provide SNL training on safety basis issues and procedures (classroom and virtual).

Qualifications We Require

  • Five years of combined experience at DOD, DOE, or commercial nuclear facilities.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Sandia's safety basis policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Extensive working knowledge of DOE Orders, Standards and Guides in the area of safety basis.
  • Explicit experience with the development or review of DSAs and TSRs for research reactors, critical assemblies, and non-reactor nuclear facilities at DOE Facilities.
  • Explicit experience with the SNL hazard categorization and classification processes and principles of DOE-STD-1027.
  • Explicit experience with the DOE/SNL Readiness Review processes.
  • Experience with the application of Conduct of Operations (ConOps) at DOE facilities.
  • Experience developing, instructing, or facilitating safety basis classes.
  • Experience with the DOE/SNL USQ process and with preparing and reviewing USQ documentation
  • Experience with, and ability to, interpret various mechanical and electrical engineering drawings, process layouts, blueprints, and other drawings and schematics.
  • Experience with assessing the adequacy and/or validating the implementation of safety controls, including detailed understanding of administrative and engineering controls.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus 8 or more years of relevant Engineering and Operations experience.
  • A current U.S. DOE L-level or Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience in the field of systems engineering.
  • Experience leading diverse teams and the ability to work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Experience with successful facilitation and resolution of potentially contentious issues in a diverse group setting.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use engineering or technical judgment, within defined scientific and engineering practices, in negotiating with customers and program managers to ensure that resources are available to accomplish work, identify program needs, and marshal resources to complete project deliverables within the scope, schedules, and budgets defined in project work packages.
  • Ability to oversee project teams in the planning, tracking, and execution of project plans from initiation to completion.
  • Ability to provide leadership and tactical planning for execution of projects and applies engineering or other technical knowledge to achieve project objectives and deliverables.
  • Ability to negotiate with customers on matters of customer requirements and limitations.
  • Ability to conduct technical and program reviews to report status of schedule and performance to management and customers.
  • Detailed understanding of programmatic and facility operations including engineered systems and respective performance characteristics or engineering controls, operating parameters, failure modes, preventive maintenance requirements, monitoring requirements, and calibrations/certifications.

About Our Team

The ES&H Planning Department contributes to the execution of the Sandia National Laboratories' mission at all levels within the processes of planning and executing work. We partner with our customers to integrate safety into management and work practices, addressing all types of work and hazards to ensure protection of workers, the public, and the environment. Specifically, our department provides:
  • Technical assistance and tools to assist customers in understanding and integrating work planning into their activities.
  • Subject matter expertise for nuclear, accelerator, and non-nuclear facility safety basis determinations; support meeting and addressing DOE and Sandia safety basis requirements and issues; Primary Hazard Screening design, development, and maintenance; Conduct of Operations; Readiness Reviews; and Work Planning and Control/Engineered Safety collaboration.
  • On-site technical assistance, classroom training, document reviews, audits and assessments, and support of hazard analyses.
This department's mission is consistent with and supports the corporate core values of service to the nation, teaming for excellence, and living safe and healthy lives. Our customers include everyone at the laboratory, focusing on managers and staff planning and performing work in support of Sandia's programs and projects.

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:
*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).
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 maintain a DOE L-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.
More Information on Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA. Sandia National Laboratories was founded in 1949. It has 10001 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 1 open jobs at Sandia National Laboratories, click here.
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