Solutions Architect - (Experienced) (Onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

ID: 7254084 (Ref.No. Sa693556)
Posted: June 15, 2024

Job Description

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? If so, we invite you to explore this new and exciting opportunity within Sandia’s Information Technology Services Department.

Our team is proactively seeking a motivated and experienced IT Architect, who will provide technical leadership for a team of embedded professionals, in a high security environment.

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

  • Research, assemble, and evaluate information or data regarding industry practices or regulatory changes affecting policies or programs of various information system domains.
  • Interfaces with internal and external customers to gather requirements and develop solutions for various information systems.
  • Research, prototype, architect, and design solutions for effective operation of mission enabling or direct mission information systems and technology.
  • Accountable to internal or external customers for overall technical performance of information systems.
  • Develops strategic solutions that reduce future life-cycle costs and position Sandia synergistically for future mission work. (Note: an example of this might be cloud computing solutions that also serve as a starting point for mission solutions)
  • Identify risks and risk-mitigation strategies as part of balancing performance, cost, and schedule for various technical options.
  • Report on progress and advances to peers, management, and stakeholders.
  • Participates in cross-program collaboration to define interfaces between systems.
  • Evaluates, tests, and analyzes implementation, functionality, performance, and tools of information system solutions, ensuring that requirements and acceptance criteria are met.
  • Integrates strategic and creative thinking with experience into the formulation of information system solutions and capabilities.
  • Research solutions for problems that span multiple domains such as information assurance, hardware, data management, database development, systems security, networking, and telecommunications.

Due to the nature of the work, this candidate must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$109,300 - $217,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or relevant discipline plus five (5) years of experience.
  • Demonstrated experience solving complex problems by designing or modifying IT architecture and testing the integration of hardware or software in these designs for correct functionality.
  • Knowledge of LAN/WAN network configuration
  • Experience managing Linux or Windows servers in a heterogenous environment (both preferred)
  • Active DOE Q clearance and SCI access

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience administering virtual desktops using VMWare or similar applications
  • Experience managing Nutanix systems
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Experience with Print Server configuration and installation
  • GPO creation and implementation
  • HTML experience and IIS
  • PowerShell Experience and script writing
  • Hyperconvergence setup and administration
  • Experience with SQL databases
  • Experience with TCP/IP
  • Ability to obtain SCI level security clearance (SCI clearance typically requires a polygraph)

About Our Team:

High Security Operations (HSO) performs high-impact, national security work for a broad segment of the Intelligence Community (IC) and other high level security customers. Mission IT is a specialized IT team dedicated to the delivery of innovative solutions to support Sandia mission-critical partnership with other government agencies (OGA’s). We deliver tailored IT services and project expertise that align with unique needs and goals of special operations conducted at Sandia National Laboratories.

Our team's deep understanding of operations and regulations enables us to navigate complex solutions. We take great pride in our ability to conceive, construct, and execute technology solutions that make a substantial impact on enhancing national security initiatives.

Posting Duration:

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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 Q-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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 693556

Job Family: IT

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.