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SFP Chief Technologist

Requisition ID: R10062766

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Azusa, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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 Space Systems sector is seeking a Chief Technologist out of our Azusa, CA our Boulder, CO campus. The Chief Technologist will join our team of qualified, diverse individuals who support our Strategic Force Programs.  This position will predominantly report on-site daily, but we can accommodate a partial hybrid schedule, that is dependent upon business/program need.

The Chief Technologist role for Strategic Force Programs (SFP) will be primarily located in Azusa, CA or Boulder, CO. This role requires a combination Chief Engineer expertise, program portfolio management skills, and a passion for technical innovation and customer interaction.  The candidate will be the main technical focal point for internal and external customers on proposals and research project execution. The domain expertise areas of interest for this role include Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR), active and pass Electro-Optical and Infrared (EOIR), microwave sensing technology, ground system architectures, algorithm design and implementation, space payloads, mission architecture design, and mission system engineering. 

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record transitioning innovations to production programs.  As SFP’s technology strategy leader, the candidate will oversee the Internal Research & Development (IRAD) portfolio, guide Customer-funded Research & Development (IRAD) efforts, and build actionable long-term technology roadmaps. 

The Chief Technologist will manage the ~$10M/yr IRAD budget, mentor principal investigators,  and maintain investment alignment with SFP’s priorities.  The Chief Technologist will identify Customer-Funded Research & Development (CRAD) opportunities and support technical interchanges with and proposals to DARPA, AFRL, and similar government agencies.  The Chief Technologist will drive the adoption of risk-appropriate technology innovations into our programs and proposals.  The ideal candidate has a proven track record identifying opportunities in multiple technology areas, delivering proposals, and capturing new R&D programs.

The Chief Technologist will expand SFP’s thought leadership position.  The candidate is expected to increase the quantity and impact of publications and increase our presence at technical conferences.  The candidate, with support from the business development team, is expected to build relationships with influential customer peers. 

The Chief Technologist will support the Engineering organization in strengthening SFP’s R&D capabilities and identifying the critical skills needed for program success.  The candidate will identify technology gaps and innovation opportunities that can create competitive advantage.  The candidate will work closely with program office leadership and the business development team to use technology roadmaps to influence future acquisitions. 

We are looking for a leader who brings skills, motivation, and enthusiasm to this role.  The expectation is to pursue high-risk ideas with high potential payoff, knowing that not all will succeed.  The ideal candidate creates business value from technology opportunity through both direct team leadership and internal and external customer interactions. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field & 10+ years of related experience
  • 5+ years of leadership experience (people, teams, programs)
  • Ability to obtain & maintain a DoD TS/SCI security clearance (US Citizenship Required)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD in a STEM field
  • 12+ years of related experience
  • Current & active DoD security clearance

Salary Range: $155,400 USD - $233,200 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.