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System Test Section Manager 2

Requisition ID: R10048244

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, FL, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SAP
  • 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: 3

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a System Test Section Manager 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our System Integration, Test and Evaluation (SIT&E) Organization. This leadership role is located in Melbourne, Florida.

The Section Manager will be working closely with the Department Manager and fellow Section Managers to implement department initiatives, ensuring successful planning and execution of program test engineering activities and collaborating with programs to satisfy staffing needs and providing operations support. Additionally, the manager serves as liaison between SIT&E and its internal and external customers.  You will manage a dynamic team of 10 to 18 engineers executing system test throughout the lifecycle of an IFC (Integrated Functional Capability).

Key Responsibilities:
•    Functional responsibilities
o    Support the annual salary review and promotion process.
o    Mentor and develop the next generation of technical and project leadership.
o    Improve and enforce engineering processes and procedures.
o    Maintain Team’s staffing by conducting interviews and selecting the best candidate for the job.
•    Technical responsibilities:
o    Track, analyze and report on Laboratory Test teams cost, schedule and project performance.
o    Responsible for day-to-day operations required to run a high-performance development team of engineers.
o    Assess productivity, goals, objectives and customer satisfaction and manage all aspects of their test team’s development.
o    Provide timely resource forecasts to IPT/functional organizations and assures proper staffing is in place to execute the SOW, while maintaining an integrated schedule.
o    Drive process rigor and ensure compliance to meet company, program and security requirements.
o    Ensure successful planning and execution of program test engineering activities.


We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and you model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You develop trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement, and respond vigorously to change.

To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our “Selecting the Best Qualified Managers” video: www.northropgrumman.com/SQMVideo 

Basic Qualifications:    

  • Must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline AND 7 years of related professional/military experience, OR a Master’s degree AND 5 years of related professional/military experience.
  • 2 Years of prior leadership/management experience
  • Must have an active DoD secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Special Access Programs (SAP) clearance prior to start of employment

Preferred Qualifications:    

  • Experience in several of the following areas: Systems development experience; Knowledge of architectures, Communications, Data links, Computer networks, Sensors, Avionics, COTS hardware, experience with instrumentation systems, Cloud Development, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) Simulations, and/or Automation
  • Master Degree in Engineering, Engineering Management or MBA
  • Experience leading an Agile development Software team
  • Extensive knowledge of SIT&E processes, procedures and work instructions required to support both management and engineering tasks at the Melbourne site
  • Current DoD Top Secret/SCI level security clearance
  • Current Program Access
  • Automated Test Experience
  • Cost Account Management experience
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management
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Salary Range: $123,900 USD - $185,900 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.