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Mechanical Analysis & Test Manager 1 – Tactical Space Systems Division

Requisition ID: R10079783

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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: 2

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.

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 are making history.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector designs, builds and delivers space and defense systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

The Tactical Space Systems Division is seeking an entry-level ME Mechanical Analysis &Test Manager to assist an experienced team of structural engineers to perform mechanical simulation and test tasks on one or more spacecraft systems or subsystems.

The ME Mechanical Analysis Manager will work with other engineering managers and program managers across the multiple business areas to develop and enhance critical technical capabilities that drive our businesses. The successful candidate will work closely with their direct reports and business area leaders to develop engineering talent, tools, and processes, while also working closely with peer departments in manufacturing, design, quality, and program management. The ME Mechanical Analysis Manager will be responsible for the communication and engagement to their direct reports and assisting the employee’s career growth.

This position provides a broad, exciting leadership opportunity in high-growth, strategically important businesses for NG TSSD. We are looking for a successful leader with exceptional people skills, one who is valued by employees and customers alike. Our ideal candidate will develop teams, can influence and motivate them to perform at higher levels, has excellent writing and verbal skills; must be highly influential in conversation and have a record of collaborative approach with peers/peer organizations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for performing, leading, and mentoring all tasks for Structural Analysis associated with Space Vehicles. Responsibilities pertain to understanding simulation tools, computational resources, coordinating a team of support analysts and may include performing relevant analyses and liaison activities to the program and customers. Candidate should have some working knowledge of sine, random, acoustic, shock environments, Craig-Bampton model reduction, fracture and fatigue, hardware testing for satellite space systems. The manager will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, and facilitating communications, tasking, scheduling, and technical reviews with each individual contributor’s associated functional task. For functional home room support, approximately up to 10% of the manager’s time may be focused on recruiting, staffing, retaining talent, and holding performance reviews.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs as a working manager by being both an individual contributor and functional leader of a team (80-90% direct labor, 10-20% indirect labor) of 8-12 engineers.

  • Is responsible for the technical performance and filling staffing demands of the Mechanical Analysis Group

  • Will be an individual contributor within the Mechanical Analysis group providing mechanical support on TSSD programs

  • Support improvement initiatives, including employee engagement

  • Work with the Senior Leadership to establish, maintain, encourage, and enforce common design practices, standards, and policies in the Mechanical Analysis discipline

  • Assist in hiring staff to establish and maintain a broad range of capabilities across the business area that meets the area’s overall needs and objectives

  • Identify training for staff to support a broad range of capabilities across the company as well as employee growth

  • Work collaboratively with Program Managers across NG facilities within the overall framework of the organization

  • Be an active and engaged manager; know what programs employees are working on and the tasks they are performing on those programs

  • Provide general management, mentorship, motivation, guidance, and support to assigned staff

  • Support the Capital procurement process by recommending tools, equipment, and facilities, needed to support the organization

  • Support Mechanical IRAD initiatives

  • Performing static and dynamic structure analysis.

  • Reviewing requirements for materials, structure systems & subsystems.

  • Selecting appropriate technical information and data from applicable products.

  • Determining the technical principles involved, identifying the design path forward and computing the engineering characteristics to ensure consistency with the specifications design needs and requirements of space applications.

  • Releasing results as “technical documents” after review by the senior members of the team.

  • Developing innovative solutions and elaborating on design concepts.

  • Evaluating completed designs with supervisor and other technical groups, and making modifications necessary to achieve the most ideal design.

  • Developing, coordinating, and conducting test programs required to evaluate design work.

  • Other duties as assigned

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of experience or Masters Degree in Engineering or equivalent.

  • Has demonstrated strengths in Structural Analysis, Simulation, and/or Test

  • Strong technical skills in structural analysis engineering tools, potentially including: NX FEMAP/NASTRAN, ABAQUS, HYPERMESH, OPTISTRUCT, MATLAB, EXCEL VBA, PYTHON, VA ONE and other2 years of experience*  .S. Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

  • Possess leadership skills to develop, organize and execute design activities, including building teams, and assessing technical performance

  • Possess the ability to gain internal support, operate independently with limited supervision and feedback, and the ability to establish a solid working relationship with technical staff, division managers, and peers in the business areas

  • Work on-site at the Dulles campus a minimum of 2 days per week.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret clearance.

  • Advanced graduate degree (Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy) in a related engineering field

  • Previous supervisory experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Extensive experience with the fundamentals of spacecraft  environments, requirements, simulation and test

  • Active DoD TS Clearance or ability to obtain one.

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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 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.