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Principal OR Sr Principal Test Conductor

Requisition ID: R10078167

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.

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

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems, B-2 PDM, Palmdale Ca, has an opening for Senior Principal System Test Engineer- Specializing in B-2 Aircraft Ground and Flight Test to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Systems Integration, Test and Evaluation (SIT&E) organization.

In this SIT&E Ground/Flight Operations role you will be supporting the B-2 aircraft systems Acceptance Testing and qualification within a Maintenance and Manufacturing environment. Duties will consist of assisting the Test Conductors with test planning and preparation, scheduling of test events, and leading the execution of test procedures. In this role you will ensure test ATP’s are configured and ready to test. Contributing to test readiness reviews, conducting briefings, performing acceptance testing and integration events.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Key responsibilities include:
•    Synthesizes customer contractual needs and requirements into system test solutions that acknowledges technical, schedule and cost constraints.
•    Develops and directs preparation and execution of comprehensive test plans, procedures, and schedules for completing systems.
•    Reviews and evaluates test requirements to insure completeness of test program.
•    Performs technical analysis of complete systems and prepares comprehensive system level evaluations.
•    Assist with coordination of supporting organizations in executing and planning a test program
•    Provide support for post-test data processing and analysis as required to support test objectives.
•    Provide first line engineering support for maintenance, repairs, and modifications to system under test.

Analyze and interpret test data; provide recommendations to Engineering and Leadership for alternate means of compliance as required; support development and execution of test objectives.

Candidate must have excellent communication skills required, must work well in a team environment, and must work independently to solve a variety of complex problems.

SIT&E Ground/Flight Operations supports testing across multiple shifts. We offer flexible work arrangements, 4/10 work schedule with every Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to successfully lead teams to program milestones, help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of relevant professional/military experience OR Master's Degree and 3 years of relevant professional/military experience OR 4 years of experience with a PhD OR 9 years of relevant professional/military experience in lieu of degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 9 years of relevant professional/military experience OR Master's Degree and 7 years of relevant professional/military experience OR 4 years of experience with a PhD OR 13 years of relevant professional/military experience in lieu of degree.
  • Have an Active, In-Scope DOD Secret Security Clearance.
  • Ability to obtain Special Programs Access (SAP).
  • Experience in Aircraft Ground Test and Operations.
  • Experienced in reading and comprehending schematic diagrams.
  • Experienced using Test Equipment, such as digital multimeters, O-scopes, power supplies, etc.
  • Experienced with Electronic Principles, MIL STD protocol for 1553, 429, and 1394 busses.
  • Familiarity with avionics systems and equipment, Test Stations, or Lab Operations.
  • Experience with software deployments and deployments tools.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master of Science Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance, with an investigation date within the past 6 years.

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

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.