ND/SPEAR Project Controller (Early/Mid-Career)

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range

$74,500 – $143,000

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a hard-working Project Controller to provide project management services in support of our SPEAR facility and ND Modernization programs. Are you passionate about using your experience to provide detailed analysis and recommendations to leadership? This role could be a great fit!

In this role, you will be responsible for developing analysis and reporting associated with various project controls job duties, such as project baseline, work package agreements, scheduling, cost control, cost estimation, earned value management (EVM), projections, variance analysis, project/program/portfolio integration, managing procurements, and/or technical project reviews.

On any given day, you may be called upon to:

  • Plan, monitor, control, and report on project cost/schedule/scope
  • Represent the company externally with sponsors and vendors
  • Resolve policy or contracting issues and manage procurements affecting program success
  • Manage communication to program/project customers
  • Ensure that all work is identified, defined, and appropriately managed
  • Maintain data integrity of program information
  • Support all internal and external reviews, assessments, and audits
  • Ensure timely generation, collection, dissemination, storage, and disposition of project artifacts

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite approximately 50% of the time, which may vary depending on business needs. This position is eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or other relevant field; or equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Active Q or Top Secret clearance
  • Knowledge of the Nuclear Weapons complex and product realization process
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, or the Department of Defense
  • Project management education and certification(s)
  • Experience and familiarity with scheduling tools and Earned Value Management (EVM) principles and methodology
  • Experience with budgeting, cost estimating and analysis
  • Ability to effectively team, communicate, and collaborate with staff, customers, and partners
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills

About Our Team

The Sandia California site has multiple Project Management departments within the Nuclear Deterrence Portfolio. These teams execute the project management responsibilities for the modernization and stockpile Nuclear Weapons Programs. The Nuclear Weapons Programs are responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons, enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. These departments are also an integral part of the Division 8000 Nuclear Weapons (NW) Project Management Office (PMO).

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.

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