Los Alamos National Laboratory Flight Test Program Manager (Program Manager 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The selected candidate will assist in the development of flight test requirements and design definition, support build of test bodies, help execute integration and test activities in a lab environment, evaluate mission system functionality in flight environments, and support mission systems flight test evaluation.

In addition, the Aerospace/Flight Test Systems Program Manager will:

  • Meet all project deliverables and schedule deadlines.

  • Participate in development efforts to provide state-of-the-art technological advantages.

  • Develop test plans and reports, and support characterization testing.

  • Interpret and clarify customer technical requirements.

  • Define and maintain technical compliance and traceability to customer requirements.

  • Review drawings having Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T;).

  • Identify and coordinate purchases and installation activities for new advanced test capability.

  • Adapt to evolving R&D; requirements while meeting safety, security, compliance, and schedule.

  • Work with the Development Team to meet internal cost and develop cost targets.

  • Write technical proposals and present technical information to customers.

  • Provide direct support to production and assist in process development and control, improvement efforts, failure analysis, and problem solving.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple, major programs for NNSA and/or other government customers.

  • Advanced knowledge of P6, Earned Value Management System and other Project Controls related tools.

  • Successful demonstrated experience to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.

  • Advanced knowledge of and successful demonstrated experience in program development and strategic planning.

  • Advanced knowledge of and successful demonstrated experience in of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.

  • Demonstrated experience building trust, gaining consensus, and successfully resolving conflicts.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel and internal and external customers.

  • Knowledge of and successful demonstration with the document management systems.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with Independent Baseline Reviews, Baseline Change Request and Cost Control Board and/or other program management activities and committees.

  • Experience with the NNSA milestones, milestone reporting tool and relationship to define performance tracking and updates.

  • Experience with NNSA program review processes and deliverables.

  • Experience interacting with and presenting to upper level LANL management, NNSA and Air Force customers.

  • Advanced knowledge of and successful demonstration with document management systems and applications to stockpile maintenance.

  • Demonstrated experience in load leveling and resource management.

  • An advanced degree in Engineering preferred.

  • Active Q Clearance or equivalent clearance.


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree and eight years of related management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work Environment:

  • Domestic and foreign travel.

Notes to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, applicants MUST submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular Position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q Division) provides systems engineering and program management to develop and field qualified engineering solutions to improve the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile throughout the weapon life cycle. Q Division is responsible for leadership of activities in LANL weapons program life extension and alternation projects, as well as in projects to increase technological options for customers’ future stockpile requests or needs.

The Weapons Test Engineering Group, Q-14, provides test engineering and execution expertise to the weapons program and the laboratory. The group has wide range of instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, environmental testing capabilities, and flight test expertise that allow safe and secure testing of parts and assemblies that can include high explosives and radiological materials. Testing environments include temperature, shock, vibration, acceleration, rotation, force loads, strain, and pressure.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: Q-14/Weapons Test Engineering

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Flight Test Program Manager (Program Manager 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65000