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Manager 2 Hardware Engineering- Pathways Engineering (Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10056037

  • 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: 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!


Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division, Strategic Force Programs in Azusa CA, is seeking a qualified Functional Manager 2 for the Hardware Engineering Pathways department to perform key technical assignments on Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Payload Programs (NGG, NGP, SPICE, SBIRS GEO 5-6), Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), and other space programs.  This position will report on-site daily, but we can accommodate teleworking dependent upon business/program need. The OPIR Payload programs deliver timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to key decision makers. The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country’s technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield. The architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO), hosted payloads in HEO orbit, and ground hardware and software. The integrated system provides robust performance with global, persistent coverage.  JPSS ATMS provides global environmental data used in numerical weather prediction models for forecasts, as well as provide space weather observations, search and rescue detection capabilities, and direct read-out and data collection products and services to customers; this information about our planet is vital to our ability to plan, predict, respond, and to protect lives and property like supporting climate research as well as operational weather and storm forecasting for civil, military, and international partners.


In addition to space program support, the Pathways department Functional Manager will be part of the PATHWAYS rotational program team. The successful candidate will provide functional management for approximately 15 junior engineers of diverse disciplines.  The position requires engineering knowledge and leadership to help establish and execute effective technical program work rotations like data analysis, launch rehearsal, software development, TVAC testing, mechanical design, electrical design, manufacturing, cybersecurity, etc.  Management activities include supporting college-hiring activities, interviewing and hiring staff, performance planning and appraisals, and professional development of staff.  The candidate will also be required to integrate input from internal departments, program leadership, and other departments to develop rotational assignments and opportunities for the Pathways team members.  Candidate must work effectively in a collaborative teaming environment, involving close coordination with program management, functional management, human resources, and various campus organizations. Candidate must also possess the ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.


Additional responsibilities may be assigned commensurate with performance or due to business needs.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree within a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) & 5+ years of related experience within an engineering function
  • 3+ years of leadership (teams, programs, projects) experience in a technical setting
  • Experience with MS Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Current & active DoD secret security clearance
  • Experience in hardware engineering and supporting space programs


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree within a STEM field
  • 5+ years of leadership experience
  • 1+ years of functional management experience
  • Current TS/SCI security clearance
  • Experience managing a systems engineering support staff
  • Matlab and/or Programming Languages
  • Prior experience leading early career and intern staff

Salary Range: $130,500 USD - $195,700 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.