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Staff Systems Chief Engineer (Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10046415

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Azusa, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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 in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world today and for generations to come.  Our work preserves freedom and democracy and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe.  We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage, and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future and have a lot of 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 Payload & Ground Space Systems is looking for a Staff Systems Engineer Level 5 with experience in payload and optical design, hardware assembly, integration and test, mission engineering and phenomenology, procurement, and business development toward developing and building space qualified payload systems.  This person would be a program senior technical leader and fill chief engineer roles.  The candidate will be working out of our Azusa, CA (primary) and Redondo Beach, CA (secondary) locations.

The candidate will join the System Architecture department senior staff within the System Engineering, Integration, and Test (SEIT) organization and serve as a chief engineer for campus programs. Candidate must have strong technical experience in payload and electrical system design as well as hardware test qualification and verification.  Candidate should have experience with the space system lifecycle of onboard signal processing electronics including board design & manufacturing processes and end to end signal integrity verification.  Candidate should have experience with failure review boards, material review boards, root cause and corrective action techniques, and defect resolution.  Preferred candidates will additionally have experience with visible to infrared focal plane assemblies and imaging technologies with good working experience in driving electro-optical requirements based on customer level mission requirements. 

The candidate will support program execution for all aspects of engineering (hardware/software/support/test) and will lead a multi-disciplined engineering team to ensure compliant technical performance.  In addition, candidate will be a key driver and contributor to the research and development of advanced technologies to support future business capture initiatives.  Candidate will also be called upon to lead the development of new proposal artifacts including technical, management, and cost volumes.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field and 14 years of PL design and test experience including developing, building, testing, and fielding space based PL systems
    OR, a Master’s Degree in a STEM field and 12 years of PL design and test experience including developing, building, testing, and fielding space based PL systems
  • 7 years’ experience driving strategic development of technologies based on customer needs
  • 5 years direct interface with customer on shaping program direction
  • Experience in proposal development, schedule development, and cost estimation for PL programs
  • Active and current DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • 20+ years of technical engineering experience in EO/IR PL design and test
  • Active TS/SCI clearance

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO.  U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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Salary Range: $156,000 USD - $234,000 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.