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Principal/Sr. Principal Test Conductor

Requisition ID: R10078241

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, FL, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time

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.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Principal/Sr. Principal Test Conductor to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Integration and Test Organization. This position will be located in Melbourne FL but may be remote or hybrid.


In this role, you will be responsible for supporting planning and coordinating all test requirements on a capture program.  Candidate shall display professionalism, motivation, strong leadership skills, and ability to work independently.  Should be able to function as a key technical subject matter expert of the test team and will interface directly with Program Management, the Chief Engineer, and the customer to coordinate test requirements, test planning, and test execution.  The candidate should be comfortable with making real-time decisions in a high-risk fast-paced test environment. Able to collaborate in a team environment and prioritize multiple responsibilities and/or accomplishing them. Candidate will have strong mission systems including extensive radar and mission comms ground and flight testing.  They will help evaluate threat scenarios and develop testing to validate requirements and assess capabilities.

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

Key Responsibilities:

  • Designs, develops, and tests a variety of power plants, aircraft, missiles, and parts, taking into consideration the most efficient use of the natural laws affecting flight
  • Establishes structural specifications, performs stress analysis, and conducts performance tests.
  • Responsible to ensure engineering tests serve mission objectives and mechanisms are in place to execute the tests
  • Responsible for testing all customer samples
  • Oversees the operational aspects of engineering tests and serves as liaison to program, engineering and line management
  • Reviews status of test requirements, manages schedules and prepares reports
  • Selects and supervises technicians during test
  • Assesses anomalies and develops resolutions to documented procedures in conjunction with Test and Quality Engineering

We offer flexible work arrangements, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications (Principal Test Conductor):

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree AND 5 years of related experience OR Master’s of Science Degree AND 3 years of related experience OR PhD Degree AND 0 years related experience OR 9 years of related experience in lieu of a degree
  • Must have Mission Systems experience
  • Must be able to travel Internationally under current COVID restrictions and beyond (e.g. must be able to obtain a passport and VISA if required; must have appropriate vaccinations to enter and conduct business Internationally without excessive quarantine).
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Interim Secret Security Clearance (or higher) prior to the commencement of employment
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain an active DOD Secret Security Clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Company
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Program Access (SAP) Clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Company

Basic Qualifications (Sr. Principal Test Conductor):

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree AND 9 years of related experience OR Master’s of Science Degree AND 7 years of related experience OR PhD Degree AND 4 years related experience OR 13 years of related experience in lieu of a degree
  • Must have Mission Systems experience
  • Must be able to travel Internationally under current COVID restrictions and beyond (e.g. must be able to obtain a passport and VISA if required; must have appropriate vaccinations to enter and conduct business Internationally without excessive quarantine).
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Interim Secret Security Clearance (or higher) prior to the commencement of employment
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain an active DOD Secret Security Clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Company
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Program Access (SAP) Clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Company

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in telemetry room as a test conductor and/or data monitor for flight and ground testing.
  • Recent Flight Test Engineer experience.
  • Full understanding of all aspects of testing to include requirements definition, test planning, test conduct and test reporting.
  • Experiences in a Gov/contractor Integrated Test Teat (ITT, ITF, CTF, etc)
  • Experience in capture/proposal development
  • Recent system integration testing experience

Salary Range: $79,700 USD - $119,500 USD
Salary Range 2: $98,700 USD - $148,100 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.