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Manager Systems Engineering 3

Requisition ID: R10075330

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Manager Systems Engineering to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in San Diego, CA.


The selected candidate will lead the RQ-4 Integrated Functional Capability Team across the Enterprise, providing strategic direction and oversight of software and hardware development across all RQ-4 programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Define and roadmap Integrated Functional Capability (IFC) efforts across the RQ-4 Enterprise, driving reuse and commonality while ensuring appropriate configuration identification and management.
  • Define and drive the execution of a strategic IFC roadmap driving multiple technical baselines toward commonality while establishing software points of departure and accounting for resource utilization across programs.
  • Utilize Agile methodologies which will enable rapid capability insertion and reduce time to field Implement tools, technologies, and procedure to enable more efficient integration. 
  • Manage and lead IFC teams for the RQ-4 Enterprise.  
  • Monitor and advise the creation and modification of software to meet IFC objectives.
  • Provide guidance and required documentation to maintain a current compatibility baseline.
  • Ensure consistent vertical and horizontal integration across the Global Hawk Enterprise teams with respect to managing software and hardware compatibility and changes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in engineering or science and 9 years of related experience or 7 years with a Masters
  • Demonstrated ability to lead IFC processes and procedures.
  • Experience utilizing Earned Value Management System. 
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance.
  • Experience leading a team of 10+ individuals in a technical environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in a STEM Field
  • Aerospace flight and ground software development experience
  • Previous experience as IFC Lead
  • Experience in management of multiple technical baselines
  • Experience in strategic roadmap development
  • Experience in Agile Development
  • Experience in Autonomous Systems Programs
  • Experience working on US Air Force Programs
  • Experience working on FMS or Export Controlled Programs
  • Active TS/SCI.

Salary Range: $171,000 USD - $256,400 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

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.