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Sandia National Laboratories Manager, Physical Security Systems (8521) in Livermore, California


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.


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.


We are seeking a Manager, Physical Security Systems for the SNL/CA Security Operations department. The selected candidate will ensure that customer needs are satisfied through the creation of trust-based relationships and promote excellence by managing and coordinating specific deliverables, overall program and project plans, budgets, schedules, and staffing requirements. You will apply organizational knowledge, project management skills, and relevant experience to independently judge work quality, performance, and alignment of results with customer expectations.

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

  • Manage and direct the contract for the Protective Force, and manage and direct the Emergency Management, Physical Security, and Technical Systems Security workforce that operates 24/7/365 within the department.

  • Counsel and assist employees and management on government legislation, U.S. Department of Energy contract compliance, and Sandia National Laboratories' policies or procedures to ensure compliance.

  • Be responsible for the efficient and safe operation of the organization’s protective force operations and equipment, including all activities related to developing and maintaining security programs, directly related to the armed protection and response for the site.

  • Lead the Emergency Management program to include exercises and briefings to Mission and Mission Support organizations.

  • Lead and/or co-lead integrated external and internal joint emergency and security exercises.

  • Maintain a current awareness of world and local threats through engagement with local groups.

  • Work closely with SNL/NM Physical Security, Technical Systems Security, Emergency Management, Counterintelligence and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to ensure Laboratory assets are provided adequate protection.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Security Management, Criminal Justice, or other relevant field plus eight or more years of relevant experience; or equivalent experience

  • Active L clearance or equivalent

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q security clearance

  • Ability to travel as necessary


  • Master’s degree in relevant field.

  • Two or more years of demonstrated leadership experience

  • Solid experience leading and managing teams to produce high quality output or products on schedule, within budget, and in a dynamic, stressful environment; as well as engaging with internal and external partners.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE SCI access.

  • Military or law enforcement tactical teams experience (SWAT, SRT, HRT, etc.)

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external partners and customers, including the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to work with sensitive information and classified matter.

  • Experience related to physical protection of classified and nuclear material assets.

  • Experience in application of formal risk assessment and/or system effectiveness methodologies in management of a project or organization.

  • Experience with workforce planning and team development.

  • Commitment to excellence in high-formality, highly regulated activities requiring formality of operations subject to audit and inspection.

  • Experience working within a direct funded program and collaborating with SFO, NNSA, and DOE.

  • Knowledge of Sandia's safety and security rules and guidelines.

  • Knowledge of company policies and procedures and ability to recommend modifications and/or improvements to Sandia's Corporate Policy System operating policies.

  • Familiarity and direct execution of projects/tasks on multidisciplinary teams subject to security requirements outlined in DOE directives.

    Department Description:

The SNL/CA Security Operations department is a multi-faceted security organization with some 24/7/365 operations that provide protection for SNL assets (e.g., people, classified material & information, etc.). It is responsible for developing and maintaining processes deemed necessary to ensure that site assets are afforded adequate protection from theft, sabotage, unauthorized control of national assets, and other acts that may cause unacceptable adverse effects on national security or the health and safety of Members of the Workforce, the public, or the environment.

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.

EEO Statement:

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.

Job ID: 679615