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Dir Engineering 1 – Targets Chief Engineer

Requisition ID: R10080176

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Space Sector is searching for an experienced Director of Engineering, D1, to join the Targets Program Engineering Management team within Launch Vehicles business unit in support of the Targets Programs located in Chandler, AZ.

This position reports to the Launch Vehicles Business Unit Chief Engineer and works in concert with Targets Program Management team.  In this role as Targets Programs Chief Engineer, you will join a staff of Chief Engineers and Program Engineering Managers that support program execution of ongoing development activities, production, flight operations, and new business capture amongst several Targets Programs. You support the LVBU Chief Engineer in the technical oversight of multiple Targets programs and ensure proper allocation and coordination of engineering resources through an IPT structure. You will co-lead the development and execution of technical reviews. You will partner with Program PEMs and Chief Engineers to achieve efficient, effective, and innovative engineering solutions.  You will ensure subsystem and supporting technology development achieves program success and look for opportunities to leverage common design and products.

  • Help all Target teams achieve 100% mission success.

  • Support Program Management team with broad technical experience and down-and-in technical guidance to support PEMs and product specific chief engineers.

  • Maintain working relationships with the Customer, providing timely communication and engaging to resolve technical questions posed by the Customer.

  • Guide teams preparing for flight operations with rapid review of change engineering.

  • Deliver quick and thorough resolution of non-conformances and other challenges that might arise, including leading failure investigations and presentation of findings to internal and customer review boards.

  • Act as a motive force to implement prioritized Digital Transformation efforts as directed by the LV business unit.

  • Bring mature engineering leadership to the coordination and performance of internal reviews like ERB, CCB, IFRR and design reviews.

  • Ensure coordination between programs on common technical issues and strategic initiatives.

  • Support Flight operations as Program CE at Chandler, MDIOC, Huntsville, or Launch Site.

  • Ensure that designs and hardware builds meet all internal and Customer requirements, especially across engineering discipline boundaries. Provide justification and adjudicate through proper boards any deviations or waivers to such requirements.

  • Perform other duties, as necessary, commensurate with the role of Targets Program Chief Engineer.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering plus 10 years of related experience

  • MBA is desirable plus 8 years of related experience

  • Position requires 100% on-site in Chandler, AZ.

  • Familiarity with LV engineering practices and command media.

  • Technical leadership experience or previous Chief Engineer experience. 

  • Experience with integrated system management and broad technical oversight.

  • Well-versed, skilled, and disciplined in system engineering processes.

  • U.S Citizenship.

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance.

  • Ability to travel 25%.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the MDA organization and its methods of technical execution and review.

  • Experience with tactical execution of field operations.

  • Familiarity with missiles and rockets including design, fabrication, and operation.

  • Experience with the functional management of PEMs and Chief Engineers.

  • Supervisory or management responsibilities for projects engaged in research and/or product development in more than one engineering discipline.


Salary Range: $155,600 USD - $233,400 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.