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Manager Engineering 3

Requisition ID: R10060535

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Palmdale, CA, USA   |  San Diego, CA, USA +1 more
  • 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, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 4

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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems is seeking a highly qualified, mission-oriented individual to lead test engineering teams between Palmdale, CA and San Diego, CA. The preferred candidate will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of Flight Test, Laboratory Operations and Integration & Test organizations, will have experience leading diverse teams through change, and will have a vision for how they will promote team engagement within this department.

This job can be based out of Palmdale, CA or San Diego, CA.

The responsibilities for this job include but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership and direction for the System Test IPT supporting development & sustainment contracts, serving as the integration interface between across engineering IPT’s

  • Lead a team of test engineers to in multiple work environments to drive efficiencies and testing with integration

  • Resolve integrated technical or operational problems, and meet established schedules

  • Maintain the technical integrity and performance laboratory systems

  • Develop and administer budgets, schedules, staffing plans, and performance standards.

  • Gather and report on performance metrics.

  • Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management

  • Support the program office with process improvement, implementation, and opportunities. 

  • Development of proposals and ECPs including evaluation of subcontractor proposals.

  • Conducting regular briefing to program, functional, and engineering management.

  • Build and maintain a culture that empowers employees, establishes personal and team accountability, motivates team performance, encourages development, and supports innovation

  • Conduct business travel up to 25% of the time


  • Must have a Bachelor's in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) and 9 years of relative experience or Master's degree and 7 years of relative experience

  • Must have an Active Secret clearance and be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a Lead or first level a manager role.


  • Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM).

  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance

  • Ability to receive Special Program access

  • Excellent leadership, motivational, and communications skills

  • Experience managing large budgets of both labor and material

  • Experience leading large teams

  • Experience in functional management

  • Experience leading or championing process improvement projects

  • Desire to drive change

This position reports to Palmdale, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from San Diego, CA, CA, USA.

Salary Range: $155,400 USD - $233,200 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

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 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.