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LAS (Launch Abort System) Chief Project Engineering

Requisition ID: R10073337

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Corinne, Utah, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems – Propulsions Division is currently seeking an LAS Chief Engineer to provide leadership to our LAS (Launch Abort System) Project Engineering team in our Promontory, UT officesThe LAS Chief Engineer will have overarching technical authority for the LAS motor designed to support the SLS manifest.

Role Description & Responsibilities:

The LAS Chief Engineer is responsible for all functional and performance aspects of the Launch Abort Motor scope.  The Chief Engineer is also responsible for the coordination and technical leadership for the LAS Project Engineer(s).  This position oversees the entire motor element design, development, qualification, certification/compliance, including performance-impact process changes, and production technical issues management and resolution, the latter being the forward focus areas.  The selected candidate will chair the LAS Sr MRB and is the technical leadership member of the LAS program Change Control Board. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall technical direction for LAS motor build and flight readiness assuring consistency and compliance to the qualification baseline, including:

    • Motor technical change control with any qualification testing and analysis updates

    • Technical issue review and resolution and Sr MRB adjudication

    • Assured flight readiness for LAS delivered products to support the SLS manifest

    • Technical coordination and communication; focal point for customer interactions

  • Work with members of the LAS program leadership team to provide consistent technical direction and support customer interactions and reviews

  • Provide for overall S&E related LAS technical planning, workload allocation and equalization

  • Provide direction and execution leadership for LAS Project Engineer(s)

  • Function in a cooperative environment with LAS program manager counterpart.

    • Risk review and mitigation

    • PMR, LAS IPT and LM/NASA/ATK Working Group support

Experience Requirements:

  • Experience in multiple motor design, project or analysis disciplines

    • Nozzle, PLI, case, final assembly/RMA or test design

    • Thermal, structural, CFD, or ballistic analysis

    • System-level and component Loads and Environments

  • General design, analyses, manufacturing, and inspection knowledge, and experience for complete motor system

  • Technical project planning, overall logic development and demonstrated accountability for plan management

  • Demonstrated investigation and problem resolution skills

  • Ability to lead and motivate diverse and cross-organization team members

  • Systems/Project engineering tools/practices general knowledge

·Candidate must have a minimum of 14 years’ experience in design/analysis/project roles.

·Candidate must have a minimum of 2 years of supervisory or project management experience.

  • Ability to travel (if applicable):  Travel expectation of 2% –7%

Experience Preferred:

  • Advanced engineering degree (MS preferred)

  • Prior functional engineering leadership, project leadership, or program manager experience

  • Directly-related LAS design and/or project engineering leadership experience

  • Significant experience with, and knowledge of, the MRB processes directly related to LAS

  • Significant experience in problem investigation and corrective action development

Additional Skills & Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.

  • Excellent technical logic planning, project leadership, customer interaction, and overall team coordination skills


  • ·BS degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering minimum, 14 Years with BS; 12 Years with Masters; 9 Years with PhD

Salary Range: $149,700 USD - $224,500 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.