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Job #: R-00044446
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Category: Aerospace Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: DOE Q
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

Our Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals. Driven by our talented workforce, the Federal Energy, Environment and Commerce Operation builds trust through an array of energy-related IT, environmental science and engineering solutions to meet our customers’ needs.

Key Capabilities:

Leidos is looking for a highly qualified subject matter expert to support our National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Programs customer to complete the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP).  The B61 -12 System Surveillance Engineer supports execution of the Surveillance program, plans program activities, monitors M&O execution of approved plans, and reports on progress, challenges, and issues.  He or she provides Project Management and Engineering Expertise to NNSA.  Serves as a surveillance program advisor to the FPM on program management issues, as well as program liaison with other Defense Programs (DP), NNSA, DOD and Department of Energy (DOE) organizations that support NA-125.1’s mission.  The Surveillance Engineer assists the FPM in the direction, management, and coordination of day-to-day operations across the geographically dispersed M&O contractors, reviews and advises on matters pertaining to planning, integrating, and executing policies, programs, and procedures for development of guidance for resolving issues crossing multiple weapons systems.

The Surveillance program components are the (1) Stockpile Evaluation program and the (2) Enhanced Surveillance subprogram.  The Stockpile Evaluation program conducts surveillance evaluations of both the existing stockpile and newly refurbished LEP weapons (using REST - Retrofit Evaluation System Test selections).  The Enhanced Surveillance subprogram provides the diagnostics, processes, and other tools needed by the Stockpile Evaluation program to predict and detect initial or age‐related defects, assess reliability, and estimate component and system lifetimes.

This is a full-time contractor-support position ultimately located on-site at the NNSA offices in Albuquerque, NM but teleworking until regular on-site access is allowed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prepare inputs for planning documents (Surveillance Plans, Production & Planning Directive [P&PD], Weapons Reliability Report [WRR], Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan [SSMP], etc.).

  • Manage interfaces with DOD, Design Agencies, and Production Agencies.

  • Assist Federal staff to ensure that Surveillance program plans and solutions are proceeding on schedule, and that deliverables conform to customer requirements, quality control standards and negotiated metrics.

  • Assess and report on progress, impact, dependencies, and trends on surveillance program components (flight test, lab test, JTA development, analysis, and capability development, etc.) and make recommendations for improvement or revision.

  • Ensure that surveillance program activities are reviewed, documented and reported in conformance with DP, NNSA, and DOE policy, procedures, and precedent.

  • Communicate complex and controversial concepts to the FPM and stakeholders for supporting program and budget execution.

  • Serve as subject matter expert advisor to the FPM and staff to resolve emerging issues and problems.

  • Apply broad and diversified knowledge of respective nuclear weapons systems, NNSA/NSE surveillance program, relevant Phase 6.X activities and deliverables, and program management disciplines.

  • Analyze information and review system requirements for workflow, organization, and corrective measures.

  • Apply process improvement practices for the nuclear weapon surveillance activities.

  • Exercise judgment and plan and accomplish goals based upon program planning and mission performance.

  • Work independently, creatively, and under general supervision

Basic Qualifications

The work performed in this position is extensive in scope and requires an experienced individual with demonstrated program/project management experience, appropriate technical expertise, the ability to self-direct, to work in a highly dynamic environment, and interface with broad range of federal and military senior staff and leadership.

  • 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.

  • Active DOD TS or DOE Q clearance.

  • As a mid-career position, 8 years of relevant experience.

  • Current work in support of NNSA/NSE weapon surveillance-related activities desired.  DOD work experience will be considered; however, it should be associated with nuclear weapons programs

  • Program/project management in NNSA, DOD, government or corporate environments required.

  • NNSA/DOD Interagency experience.

  • Managing interdisciplinary teams.

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

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience in writing and editing briefings for senior and executive managers.

  • Some travel is required; currently anticipated to be ~6 trips/years to various NSE sites.

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We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the “World's Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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