Ethics and Business Conduct Officer (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories



Albuquerque, NM


Position summary

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:

We are seeking an Ethics and Business Conduct Officer to join our team.

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

  • Conduct independent formal investigations of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), ethics (compliance, conduct, personal conflict of interest), research misconduct, and waste, fraud, abuse, and workplace violence allegations.
  • Follow accepted standards of investigative processes and protocols in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Present oral, written, and physical evidence in disciplinary, state/EEOC, and other legal proceedings.
  • Collect information and data from a wide variety of sources (interviews and employment records) and analyze information and data to present an overall finding regarding cases. Brief investigative results to management, Human Resources, Legal, and Employee & Labor Relations for appropriate action.
  • Thoroughly document investigative steps and reports in a case management system.
  • Review and mitigate employee's Personal Conflict of Interest disclosures. Work with Legal and Tech Transfer to mitigate complex Personal Conflict of Interest disclosures.
  • Effectively communicate EEO, ethics and business conduct standards to all employees through training, outreach, and various publications.
  • Understand the work of various internal organizations for referral and collaboration purposes.
  • Collaborate with a variety of internal (https://e.g., Legal, HR, IT, Cyber, Security, Counter-intelligence, Government Relations) and external (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state agencies, DOE Inspector General) strategic partners, to obtain a complete understanding of an employee concern.
  • Ensure that customer needs are satisfied through the creation of trust-based relationships and providing competent policy guidance. Timely respond to EEO and Ethics Helpline/Email employee concerns.
  • Provide trend and risk analysis and insight to Sandia's executive management for consideration in decision-making and corporate actions.
  • Participate in the development of internal policies, procedures, practices, and training.
  • Provide skilled advice and interpretation of Sandia’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, Corporate Policies, to include EEO-related policies and protections, Business Courtesies policy, Personal Conflict of Interest policy, etc.
  • Work with state and federal investigative entities and local law enforcement as needed.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (including criminal justice, political science/government, business administration, law, human resources).
  • Three or more years of relevant investigation experience, to include investigative report writing and interviewing/questioning skills.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s/Juris Doctor degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Investigative experience with law enforcement, a state or federal investigative agency, business, or academic institution.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional or other applicable certifications/training related to EEO, Ethics, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Conflict Resolution/Mediation or Leadership.
  • Experience reviewing and mitigating employee's personal conflicts of interest disclosures.
  • Ability to grasp technical details outside one’s area of competence and apply good judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to write organized, accurate, thorough and objective reports in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated discretion in protecting confidential information.
  • Experience with employee complaint and grievance mechanisms.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage and complete multiple programs, projects, investigations, analysis and/or other related tasks within established deadlines.
  • Proven ability to brief legal counsel, executives, and oversight agencies regarding sensitive investigations, policy recommendations, and program metrics.
  • Experience developing and conducting training for large and diverse audiences.
  • Experience drafting and revising internal policies.

About Our Team:

The Ethics/EEO Advisory and Investigative Services Organization conducts corporate-wide efforts to promote a positive and ethical work environment. Ethics Officers (EOs) provide advisory services for questions concerning business conduct (https://e.g., accepting a gift, personal conflicts of interest) and other Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct concerns. In addition to advisory services, Ethics Officers conduct neutral and objective investigations into concerns related to potential violations of policy, processes, and Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. This includes examining allegations of Equal Employment Opportunity violations, waste, fraud, abuse, theft, and other misconduct and compliance matters.

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:

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 obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires https://U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (https://i.e., of the https://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 the 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: 691530

Why you should apply for a job to Sandia National Laboratories:

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  • 4.4/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.6/5 in supportive management

  • 89% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

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  • 90% say the CEO supports gender diversity

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  • Flexible work schedule where working from home and taking every other Friday off are viable options.

  • Retirement - 401 (k)

  • Career development: Career mobility to change projects and teams as you wish, mentoring opportunities with top scientists and engineers.