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RF & Digital Category Technologist

Requisition ID: R10077466

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA   |  Fairfax, VA, USA  |  Redondo Beach, CA, USA  |  Linthicum, MD, USA  |  Unknown, VA, USA +4 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time 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.

The RF & Digital Category Technologist Lead will Support technical Projects under the leadership of the Category Manager.  This may include supporting the digital transformation office.  The selected candidate will have strong knowledge on emerging technology and technology road maps. The selected candidate will implement a clear and concise supplier capability process, capacity analysis and supplier product readiness reviews. 

The Category Technologist will apply advanced technical principles, theories and concepts. The selected candidate must have the ability to work with a Make/Buy Source Board and Risk Review Board to ensure the category management organization considers capabilities and risk mitigation plans to help support our supply chain base and ensure suppliers are successful in program execution. The selected candidate will apply supply chain principles to the category management supply chain base and contributes to the development of new principles and concepts to support the supplier’s technical capabilities and offerings.

The Category Technologist will problem solving on unusually complex technical problems and provide solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious to support excellent supplier performance. The selected candidate will support the Quarterly Business Reviews by ensuring the technical roadmaps and program needs are clearly summarized for their assigned suppliers. Additionally, the selected candidate will collaborate with the strategist to analyze suppliers’ competitive landscape and market trends to influence supplier competition and diverse supply chain base.  The selected candidate will interface with design engineering on supplier capabilities and design producibility analysis.

The Category Technologist Lead will work under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives. The selected candidate’s assignments are often self-initiated and should pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results. The selected candidate will work through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of supervisor.

The Category Technologist will develop advanced technological ideas and guide their development into the engineering processes to align with the category management supply chain base. Serves as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs. Acts as advisor to management and internal customers on advanced technical studies and applications.

The selected candidate will understand program execution framework to enable advocacy. The selected candidate will have the ability to provide a technical evaluation of supplier’s capabilities during the business acquisition process (BAP). The selected candidate will be the supplier’s technical point of contact when responding to NG requests (RFPs, RFI, RFQ). Additionally, the selected candidate will have the ability to work on competitive captures, program execution, strategy development process, Strategic Gap Analysis, Internal Investment discussions, business growth discussions, strategic studies, cross division business insight and maintain a process on how to look for similar to parts; technology grouping.

This position can be filled out of Rolling Meadows, Redondo Beach, or Linthicum. Will consider remote option.

Basic Qualification:

- Bachelor's degree in engineering with 9+ years of experience in electrical engineering, global supply chain, project management, contracts management, business management, supplier diversity, strategic sourcing, customer service, operations, or other relevant and related experience.

- 7+ years with master's degree

Preferred Qualifications:

- RF design background
- Digital design background
- Design process and experience
- Defense and Military electronics design experience
- Technical Project Management
- Supplier Interface/Management experience

This position reports to Rolling Meadows, IL, USA, however, you are able to work from any of the additional 4 locations listed above.


Salary Range: $120,000 USD - $188,600 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.