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Engineering Manager 1 – RF/Communications – (Dulles, VA or Hybrid)

Requisition ID: R10076985

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

We have an opening for Engineering Manager – RF/COMMS to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.  This position can also be performed with a hybrid work schedule.

This role is for a leader in an engineering organization that employs multi-disciplined engineering resources, tools, and processes to support the specification, design, implementation, verification, validation, and delivery of spacecraft related products.  These products include RF components, antennas, radios, RF systems analyses and integration and test.

You will report to and work with the RF/Communications department managers and be a key member of the Engineering leadership team working side-by-side with the Operations, Manufacturing, Integration and Test, Supply Chain, and Program Managers from all Business Areas.

To be considered, you must have a proven track record that includes technical leadership as well as broad technical exposure to the following skill sets:

  • FPGA – Radio/RF specific uses; waveform development, error correction, channelization, etc.
  • RF component design/test
  • RF system integration
  • RF system analysis – cosite interference, link budgets, etc.
  • “Payload manager”
  • Antenna design/analysis


In this role you will be responsible and accountable for technical, schedule, and cost performance in the delivery of RF components and RF systems products to programs. You will provide RF/Comms Technical oversight by engaging in:

  • Proposal Development (including review and approval of Technical, Cost, Schedule baselines)
  • Engineering Review Board and CCBs
  • Technical peer and readiness reviews
  • Lessons Learned, Corrective/Preventative Actions, Continuous Improvement
  • IRAD Management

You will also assist the Sr. Manager by providing direction and leadership to the RF/Comms team for:

  • Employee Allocation, Utilization Planning, and Assignments
  • Recruiting
  • Training, Career Development, and Professional Growth
  • Personnel Communications
  • Software Tools, Computers, and Facilities and Equipment Infrastructure Support
  • Performance Evaluation and Salary Management
  • Proposal Support, Review, and Approval
  • Strategic Planning and Risk Management
  • Technical Standards and Engineering Processes
  • Increase Product Line Competitiveness through innovative and paradigm changing solutions in technology, cost, schedule, and mission designs
  • Drive common RF product solutions across all target mission areas
  • Evolve RF product capabilities to minimize complexity, reduce cost/schedule/risk while leveraging state of the art technologies
  • Identify, assess, and improve upon core competencies across the organization
  • Improve work force competitiveness through culture integration, talent management, and infrastructure investment
  • Improve the State of Health of the organization resources through active and engaging management processes (Personnel, Capital, Facility, Safety)


To be considered for this role you should have/be:

  • Good attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Strong leadership style and excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be adaptable to changing conditions and new organizational requirements.  Experience working in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to think creatively and encourage innovation
  • Highly skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
  • Respectful of the views of others and diplomatic in handling difficult situations
  • Demonstrated ability to think clearly and act proactively in stressful situations
  • Decisive with the ability to weigh the positives and negatives of each decision

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience as a technical leader or manager of an electrical engineering effort
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or other technical field
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and troubleshoot RF systems and process related issues. Ability to manage failure review boards to successful completion in a timely fashion
  • Ability to effectively lead, train, mentor, and develop engineering professionals in all career phases
  • A strong engineering background with excellent organizational and communications skills
  • A view towards continuous improvement with ability to build effective relationships with company senior management and internal stakeholders
  • Ability to oversee projects effectively and to take personal responsibility for their completion on schedule and within budget
  • Ability to gather data from multiple sources and summarize key issues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science
  • Broad and in-depth experience in Spacecraft Engineering Development
  • Top Secret Clearance

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $119,600 USD - $179,400 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.