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Job #: R-00119437
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Category: Policy Analysis
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Hybrid Remote
Clearance: DOE Q
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2000
Group: Civil

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The Ballistic Missile Weapons Division, NA-122.2, United Kingdom (UK) Program has an immediate need for a full-time Program Engineer responsible for supporting the NNSA UK Team Lead. This individual will provide technical, program and project management support to the UK Team Lead as well as liaison with other Defense Programs (DP), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), UK Program and Department of Defense (DoD) organizations.  The work performed is extensive in scope and requires an experienced individual, with US (and preferred SLBM) weapons experience, with demonstrated technical and program/project management expertise, ability to work in a highly dynamic environment, and interface with broad range of federal, military senior staff and leadership.  Broadly, duties include coordination of day-to-day operations across the geographically dispersed M&O contractors, review and advise on matters pertaining to planning, integrating, and executing policies, programs, and procedures for development of guidance for resolving issues related to this weapons system. 

This is a full-time contractor-support position located on-site at the NNSA offices in Albuquerque NM.

The Program Engineer will apply broad and diversified technical knowledge of US and UK nuclear weapons production, modernization and associated program activities, and organizational relationships across NNSA, DoD and the UK. The selected individual will serve as the Senior Program Support Engineer supporting established US/UK nuclear weapon exchanges under the auspices of the 1958 Mutual Defense Agreement (MDA) and will be responsible for assisting federal team members with negotiating requirements, program planning and direction, with the DoD (US Navy) and integration of activities supporting that program within the NNSA Nuclear Weapons Complex.

Technical support activities include:

  • Assessing current and needed capability and capacity of the NNSA weapons production complex for the assigned weapon program and coordinates necessary facility and resource planning based on this information.

  • Provide experience-driven guidance to support development of new or revised policies, requirements, and procedures for US compatibility assessment, qualification, production and procurement activities.

  • Provides direction and guidance to design agencies, production agencies and various NNSA offices regarding weapon program workload commitment, including the allocation of funds, to support all approved planned activities and in the day-to-day resolution of design, production and logistical issues.

  • Interfaces with design agency and production agency senior program leadership personnel in ensuring clear understanding of programmatic commitments and performance status.

  • Ensures nuclear weapons complex integration in support of weapon program commitments and deliverables and is accountable to NNSA, US Navy and UK senior leadership for performance and achievement of programmatic commitments.

  • Independently provides appropriate coordination and interpretation of NNSA guidance, develops new initiatives in support of established program objectives, and is considered an expert with regard to the assigned program.

  • Manages UK ATOMIC/US RESTRICTED DATA information, consistent with Joint Atomic Information Exchange Group, DOE Orders, and local procedures for the control of classified and UK accountable nuclear information.

In this role, the individual will coordinate with NNSA federal and contractor programmatic and technical staff, and Management and Operating (M&O) contractor personnel as required.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Interfaces with design agency and production agency senior program leadership personnel in ensuring clear understanding of programmatic commitments and performance status.

  • Ensures nuclear weapons complex integration in support of weapon program commitments and deliverables and is accountable to NNSA, US Navy and UK senior leadership for performance and achievement of programmatic commitments.

  • Proficiency in the transition of requirements, interfaces, linkages, and technical risk mitigation activities associated with program scope into an integrated schedule.

  • Demonstrated ability sufficient to assess and provide program and technical management knowledge and capabilities to advise FPO on execution of cost, scope, and schedule for major system acquisitions, and to represent, within program guidance, the NNSA’s program interests and positions in interactions with other agencies and corporate entities.

  • Apply systems engineering principles for the development and maintenance of an integrated program baseline.

  • Attending and participating in Joint Re-entry Working Group and subcommittee meetings (joint DoD/NNSA/UK) and within guidance provided by the Lead Engineer and/or FPM.

  • Supporting special topic engagements as assigned.

  • Contributing to or leading assessments of current and needed capability and capacity of the NNSA weapons production complex for the Weapons Program and recommend necessary facility and resource planning based on this information.

  • Assist Federal Program Office (FPO) with implementation of the Program Execution Instruction.

  • Coordinate FPO Program and Technical Management products and deliverables.

  • Assist with FPO Organization structuring and Roles and Responsibilities.

  • Tracking and managing Defense Programs, and DoD actions and inquires.

  • Establish and manage FPO programmatic plans and materials as required for program execution.

  • Provide programmatic interface with DoD, Design Agencies and Production Agencies.

  • Travel is required at a rate of ~30%.

Required Experience/Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science, however, a degree in Business, Program/Project Management, or closely related field with relevant experience will be considered.

  • 12+ years of technical experience in weapons/nuclear weapons and delivery platforms, including program/project management or systems engineering, nuclear weapons system sustainment or acquisition.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of nuclear weapons, ideally SLBMs

  • Experience managing interfaces between NNSA/DOE, Nuclear National Laboratories and Nuclear Production Agencies, and DoD.

  • NNSA/DoD Interagency experience.

  • Experience managing interdisciplinary teams.

  • Knowledge of program and project management/scheduling tools and techniques.

  • Knowledge of program and project management/scheduling tools, and appropriate expertise with the Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Project, and Excel).

Requires an active DOE Q clearance or DoD Top Secret Security Clearance

Desired Experience/Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of NNSA and Navy Strategic Systems Programs (ideally).

  • Knowledge of the substantive nature of NNSA Nuclear Weapons programs and activities; missions, policies, and objectives; management principles and processes; and the analytical and evaluative methods and techniques for assessing program development or execution and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency with emphasis of 6.X process and Defense Programs Business Process System.

  • Demonstrated experience researching and analyzing complex information and assessing program performance.

  • Experience managing Federal Program Office (FPO) programmatic plans and materials required for program execution.

  • Experience supporting FPM tasks related to budget and Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience in writing and editing briefings and reports for senior and executive leadership, including the ability to remain a professional demeanor when presented with issues, and ability to work multiple issues at once and prioritize workload.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $105,300.00 - $190,350.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

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