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Surveillance Engineer


Applications Engineer


Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


Job Description:

The Air Delivered Weapon’s (ADW) Division 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. They provide project management and engineering expertise to NNSA. Serves as a surveillance program advisor to the ADW Federal Program Manager on program management issues, as well as program liaison with other Defense Programs (DP), NNSA, DoD and other NNSA organizations that support NA-122.3’s mission. The Surveillance Engineer will assist the Divisional Federal Surveillance Engineer, Program Engineers, Team Leads, and Federal Program Manager in the direction, management, and 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 crossing multiple weapons systems.

The individual must be self-starting, possess an ability to work in a highly dynamic environment, and have an ability to interface with a broad range of federal and military senior staff and leadership. This requires coordinating with Federal Program Managers and Engineers, Program Managers at the NNSA National Labs and nuclear weapon production facilities, and other program/budget analysts to draft cogent and consolidated budget documentation, program briefings, program reports, draft work authorizations, and approved funding program documentation. The individual must understand and explain the technical and programmatic drivers for budget changes and priorities and respond quickly to real and posited work scope changes, variances, and funding levels with accurate analysis and documentation.

This is a full-time contractor-support position located on-site at the NNSA offices in Albuquerque, NM. The individual will report to the NA-122.3 Director/Deputy Director.

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.) for Federal approval.

  • Coordinate options between interfaces with DoD, NNSA 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 NNSA policy, procedures, and precedent.

  • Communicate complex and controversial concepts to the Divisional Federal Surveillance Engineer, Federal Program Manager, and applicable stakeholders for supporting program and budget execution.

  • Serve as subject matter expert to the Divisional 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.


  • 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.

  • As a mid-career position, 8-15 years of relevant experience; however, a candidate with exemplary experience less than 8 years if surveillance specific will be considered.

  • 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 weapon 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 ~six trips/years to various NSE sites.

A DOE Q clearance is required for this position.

Pay Range:Pay Range $81,900.00 - $126,000.00 - $170,100.00

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.