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Engineering Program & Project Lead - Global Chemical and Biological Security (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Closing date
Aug 30, 2021

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a high-performing chemist, engineer, safety or security professional, or regulator with experience identifying and managing major process hazards in the chemical industry to join our diverse team in the Global Chemical and Biological Security (GCBS) group as an Engineering Program & Project Lead. GCBS has projects in the following areas: chemical safety and security risk management; chemical inventory management practices; know-your-customer practices; know-your-supplier practices; chemical material risk prioritization; information control and management; and global, regional, and country-specific analysis and assessments. These programs facilitate an understanding of US National Security interests as well as those of various foreign countries and international organizations pertaining to the global goal of eradicating chemical weapons and preventing the use chemicals as weapons.

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Develop and foster trust-based relationships with partner organizations internal and external to Sandia.
  • Collaborate with customers and partners to ensure expectations are met and/or managed.
  • Support the development and delivery of international training in risk management-related topics through remote engagement platforms or through face-to-face workshops; this could mean alternative work schedules to match international workday schedules.
  • Write and edit activity reports, analytical reports, and other program-related documentation as required. 
  • Partner with other organizations at Sandia to identify new technical, organizational, or operational controls to manage chemical security risks.
  • Recognize active and latent issues that contribute to chemical security events or can reasonably be assumed will in the future.
  • Identify the underlying conditions, which if addressed, could prevent or lessen the severity of the issue’s reoccurrence.

Willingness and ability to undertake international business travel to remote locations with limited amenities.

This position can be a virtual worker position located anywhere in the United States.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in STEM, Chemical Sciences or related field plus three (3) years of relevant experience in the chemical industry identifying and managing major process hazards or;
    • equivalent combination of education and experience (MS + 7 or BS +11)
  • Demonstrated ability to use technical knowledge, judgement, and engineering skills to develop solutions to a variety of technical and operational challenges to managing major process hazards in the chemical industry
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Interest in evaluating chemicals with security concerns and related risk factors; performing facility assessments and making recommendations to mitigate the risks; and instructing foreign partners how to use tools and methodologies to secure their facilities
  • Demonstrated ability to tackle abstract problems through the identification and procurement of resources and people.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting independent technical work
  • Strong information management skills including the ability to independently search, retrieve, and analyze information and data from multiple sources.
  • Foreign language and business travel skills
  • Ability to interact with a technically diverse group of staff members
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and technical writing skills

About Our Team

The multidisciplinary GCBS team works with international partners to raise chemical and biological security risk awareness, identify emerging chemical security risks and controls intended to manage them. GCBS partners with organizations across the Laboratories and external stakeholders such as the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of State Chemical Security Program, other United States government departments and agencies, international non-governmental organizations like Interpol and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and partner nations to advance USG National Security objectives to impede, deter, and eliminate proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. 

Position Information

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

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

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 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 the 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.


Sandia employs about 8,500 people and manages about $2.3 billion of work annually. We are funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of Energy with other major funding by the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support our national security. Today, the nearly 300 million Americans depend on Sandia's technology solutions to solve national and global threats to peace and freedom. Sandia has two main sites; our headquarters are located in Albuquerque, NM. We also have about 900 employees located at Livermore, CA. Both sites conduct leading-edge research to support national defense, homeland security, and our energy infrastructure.

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