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Program Engineer


Applications Engineer



Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


Job Description:

Leidos has an immediate need for a full-time Navy Program Engineer responsible for supporting the NNSA Federal Program Manager (FPM). In this role the ideal candidate will coordinate with NNSA federal and contractor programmatic and technical staff, and Management and Operating (M&O) contractor personnel as required; and as authorized by the W93 FPM, serve as a key point of contact with the US Navy.

Help to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to successfully planning and executing the W93 Program. At a minimum, the ideal candidate will have an in-depth understanding of the NNSA and Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) design and production sites and processes as well as a basic understanding of NNSA funding mechanisms.

Apply broad and diversified knowledge of respective nuclear weapons systems engineering, non-nuclear component realization, nuclear materials production and component development, product realization process, Phase X/6.X activities and deliverables, program controls and project management disciplines. Understanding of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within program control and program management. Exercise judgment, develop plans, and accomplish goals based upon program planning and mission performance. Work independently, creatively and under general supervision.

Relevant expertise and roles and responsibilities, with an emphasis of the communications, coordination and integration with US Navy activities, are summarized below.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Generate the Requirements Management Plan and coordinate/participate in Requirements management forums (e.g., RMT, RTT, RWG). Work to establish requirements tracking and tracing infrastructure across the enterprise.

  • Develop process and plans for down-selects in Phase 2. Coordinate down-select actions with M&Os and track progress.

  • Provide qualification requirements and testing advisement; develop a program qualification and testing database; coordinate NNSA policy in the Qualification Working Group; participate in MRS coordination and planning.

  • Participate as a member on Technology Realization Teams and Product Realization Teams for components and sub-systems as assigned. Provide status of TRT/PRT activities, issues, accomplishments, and risks.

  • Participate in the development of the W93 Digital Engineering policy (guidance and direction). Participate in NNSA HQ working groups status-ing and defining the DE policy and implementation across the complex. Advise the FPO on DE initiatives and implementation for the W93 program.

  • 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 (such as requirements and interface management, risk management, work breakdown structure, decision analysis) for the development and maintenance of an integrated program baseline.

  • Knowledge of and experience with programmatic and portfolio analysis tools, databases, and methodologies.

  • Absorb broad objectives from management, then independently analyze, evaluate, and integrate solutions for unusually complex and diverse technical problems.

  • Identify, track, mitigate, and resolve technical risks and issues related to product and/or system performance objectives.

  • Participating in Integrated Product Team (IPT) meetings.

  • Attending and participating in Project Officer Group and sub-group meetings (joint DoD/NNSA) and within guidance provided by the Lead Engineer and/or FPM.

  • Supporting special topic engagements as assigned.

  • 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 Phase X/6.X process and Defense Programs Business Process System.

  • Contributing to or leading assessments of current and needed capability and capacity of the NNSA weapons production complex for the W93 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, DoD, and Congressional 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.

  • Supporting special topic engagements as assigned.

  • Some travel is required.


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

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

  • Ideally current/recent experience with SLBMs

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

  • 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.

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

Active (current) DOE Q or DoD TS and ability to obtain higher level specialized clearance(s) is required.

Pay Range:Pay Range $101,400.00 - $156,000.00 - $210,600.00

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.