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Manager, Chief Engineering

Requisition ID: R10068034

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Devens, Massachusetts, 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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Strategic Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. We are seeking a Manager, Chief Engineer to support our operations in Devens, MA.


The Chief Engineers (CE) are the technical leaders for all engineering program and pre-program activities.  The Chief Engineers plan, manage and balance engineering technical, cost and schedule performance of AOX’s projects.  They coordinate proposal efforts, requirements development, hardware/software design, risk management, integration, verification, and validation activities.  The Chief Engineers ensure that the program is adhering to sound engineering principles and processes in the development, production, test and sustainment of products for our customers in compliance with company policies and procedures. In addition to leading the engineering team, the Chief Engineers interface with program management, manufacturing, quality, supply chain, suppliers and other partners.   The Chief Engineer serves as the primary customer technical point of contact, and ensures that customer requirements and deliverables are met.  

Position Description

The Chief Engineering Manager (CEM) leads a team of Chief Engineers to ensure that the overall chief engineering mission is being executed.   The CEM partners with the business and technology leaders to establish project designs and structures, identify solutions that meet customer needs, execute programs according to plan, and provide technical leadership continuity from concept to production. The CEM and the CE team are critical customer technical partners who coordinate with the different organizational groups to ensure customer requirements are met.

A key job function of the CEM includes technical business development.  The CEM is the glue that binds business and technology leadership, and the customer community.  The CEM works directly with customers and technology leaders to identify technical solutions that enable customer mission success.   These solutions shape the technology/product roadmap which guide internal investment (IRAD, CAPEX).  The CEM and their CE’s lead the technical team and technology leaders to mature these system architecture/designs that ultimately garner customer interest to the point of turning these seed development efforts into programs of record.  The Chief Engineering Manager will report directly to the AOX Engineering Director. 


Business development

  • Customer technical solutions

  • Technical/product roadmap in partnership with business and technology leadership

  • IRAD technical priorities and direction

  • Engineering proposals, tech volume, technical baseline, WBS, and BOE development

Customer Engineering Interface

Engineering planning

  • Work Breakdown Structures

  • Engineering budgets

  • Engineering schedules

  • Technical baseline

Engineering execution

  • ETC’s

  • Technical, cost and schedule

  • Team leadership

  • Lead problem solver

  • Ensures CE’s and other functions are executing to plan and IAW company processes

Chief Engineering Process - development, implementation, tailoring, enforcement

Technical Risk Management

Chief Engineer Team Leadership

  • Coach/Mentor

  • Team growth and development


  • Ensures staffing needs are identified in conjunction with program management

  • Works with functions to ensure appropriate staffing is assigned

  • Works with program management and the functions to reconcile resource conflicts

Special Assignments – Provide tactical leadership as required on high profile activities or issues

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Engineering or Physics, with 10+ years System requirements team/project management experience (SEIT)

  • 5+ years of Systems Engineering/Architecture development skills working with optical, mechanical, and electrical systems and/or components and strong knowledge of optical and photonics principles and applications

  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing a diverse engineering team on technical efforts

  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) experience

  • Experience working in a Space Systems design or similar/related work environment

  • Program Review preparation and presentation skills

  • Advanced analytical and root cause/continuous improvement skills

  • Effective verbal/written communication skills with the proven ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders

  • Advanced MS Office skills (Power Point, Excel, Word, MS Project, Outlook)

  • U.S. Citizenship is a bona fide requirement

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters in Engineering, Business Management or MBA

  • System Engineering interdisciplinary tools, principles, and practices (SETDB, INCOSE, PPI)

  • Experience working in Semiconductor Fab and/or COTs product development work environment

  • Knowledge/experience working with electrostrictive ceramic materials Knowledge/experience with control of adaptive optical systems including adaptive optics, fast steering mirrors, gimbal systems, jitter/beamwalk controls (interferometric) and/or deformable mirrors

  • Use of first-order mathematical modeling and simulations to assess feasibility, compare technologies and validate experimental results

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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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.