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Principal/ Sr Principal Test Conductor (Mission Planner)

Requisition ID: R10072040

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

This requisition may be filled at the higher grade based on the requirements listed below.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (STRIKE) is seeking a Principal Test Conductor/ Sr Principal Test Conductor – Mission Planner (Flight Test) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in Palmdale, CA. 

Essential Functions:

  • Create test article mission plans and routing for various developmental efforts
  • Provide pre/post mission support planning and documentation, supporting appropriate decisions regarding safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Review and evaluate test requirements to ensure completeness/feasibility and adequacy of test program.
  • Provide laboratory support for integration testing.
  • Interface with test article/software design and analysis teams to define test configuration and data requirements.  
  • Support test card development and review in collaboration with various engineering disciplines and test operations personnel.
  • Support test readiness reviews, and pre/post-test briefings.
  • Support test planning working groups as needed.  
  • Conduct and contributes to pre and post-test data analyses to support anomaly identification and resolution. Maintains metrics on status of testing and constraints.
  • This position requires outstanding written and oral communications skills. Individual will be required to serve as either a principal subject matter focal point between maintenance, design engineering, and the test team - contractor and customer.
  • Individual must be able to work under only general direction to determine and develop approaches to solutions; must be able to work both within a team environment and independently; must be self-motivated, thorough, and detailed; and must be willing to learn additional test discipline areas.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and relevant industry mission planning software
  • Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work may occasionally be required

This requisition may be filled at the higher grade based on the requirements listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Test Conductor (Level 3): 5 years of Navigator/Mission Planner experience in operations, flight test and/or training environment with a Bachelors; OR 3 years with Master’s Degree; OR 9 years in lieu of formal 4 year degree.

  • Sr Principal Test Conductor (Level 4): 9 years of Navigator/Mission Planner experience in operations, flight test and/or training environment with a Bachelors; OR 7 years with Master’s Degree; OR 13 years in lieu of formal 4 year degree.

  • Exceptionally qualified individuals considered without degree if equivalent mission planning experience can be verified.

  • Experience with mission planning, execution, and debriefing

  • Active TS/SCI required with an active investigation in the last 5 years.

  • The ability to acquire and maintain Special Program Access (PAR) per business requirements. This PAR must be obtained within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • STEM degree preferred.

  • Experience with mission planning tools i.e. JMPS, PFPS, AFMSS.

  • Experience with mission planning development/testing during a new aircraft developmental test program.

  • Experience as a US Air Force Pilot/Navigator/Mission Planner, US Navy or USMC Naval Flight Officer (NFO), or equivalent (Intelligence support to flight operations considered).

  • FAA rating desired but not required.


Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.