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Manager 1 – Engineer Mechanical Propulsion – Tactical Space Systems Division (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10079785

  • 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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 Propulsion Manager to assist an experienced team of Propulsion system design engineers to perform mechanical systems and structures tasks on one or more spacecraft systems or subsystems.

The ME Propulsion Manager will work with engineering managers and product leads to provide adequate staffing levels across multiple business areas in order to meet critical schedule and delivery targets. 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, analysis, quality, and program management. The ME Propulsion 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. Specifically, the details of the position are the following:

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 Propulsion Group
  • Will be an individual contributor within the Propulsion 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 Propulsion 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
  • Other duties as assigned

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Batchelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in managing or leading programs/projects and manage cost accounts related to propulsion subsystem design, development and/or manufacturing,
  • Has demonstrated strengths or direct experiences in Propulsion subsystem design/analysis, manufacturing and/or development. Relevant areas of experience include any but not all of the following.
    • Fluid analysis, 2D or CFD using Matlab or other industry applicable software
    • Propulsion system conceptual design and development, design layouts or trade studies
    • Manufacturing and test of pressure fed propulsion systems
    • Launch operations experience with propellant handling or propulsion system ground operations in preparation for flight
    • Propulsion system light operations and maneuver experience
  • Experience with liquid propulsion system hardware and/or with their design and development.
  • Possess demonstrated leadership skills to develop and build engineering teams and assess 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 functional management, technical staff and peers and leadership in the business areas
  • Work on-site at the Dulles campus a minimum of 2 days per week.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Experience or knowledge of fluid analysis or propulsion system design or other comparable Propulsion subsystem technical knowledge base
  • Relevant experience includes liquid propulsion system design or analysis, experience modeling or analyzing propulsion system flow circuits, transient flow analysis or relevant 2D flow modeling.
  • Experience or background with aerospace propulsion hardware design, development, qualification or procurements, subsystem testing or launch operations experience and mission operations flight experience.
  • Active DoD TS Clearance or ability to obtain one.

Salary Range: $108,700 USD - $163,100 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.