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Principal Test Conductor / Sr. Principal Test Conductor

Requisition ID: R10035283

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • Location IconLocation: El Segundo, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal or Sr. Principal Test Conductor to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in El Segundo, CA.

The qualified applicant will support a diverse portfolio of research and technology development activities. As part of your assignment, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to determine how survivability technologies can best be integrated into air-based systems within the NGAS portfolio.

Northrop Grumman is one of the industry leaders in Stealth Technology. As such, we are involved in all phases of development, production, and maintenance of Low Observable (LO) platforms. We are currently looking for experienced Low Observable / Survivability Engineers to work on a variety of challenging projects. One area where we are in need of talent is Electromagnetic Testing, Analysis, and Prototyping.

Essential Duties:

  • Develops and manufactures novel specimen mounting techniques to characterize the electromagnetic properties of new materials and structures
  • Develops continuous test methodology improvements for existing electromagnetic test equipment
  • Integrates new materials onto models and test beds for Radar Cross Section (RCS) testing at offsite locations; builds and tests physical models; designs, develops, and builds test and verification equipment; and develops, tests, and integrates specialty materials
  • Works closely with engineers of other disciplines to optimize the integration of this technology on existing and future aircraft

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal or Sr. Principal level. 

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Test Conductor:

  • 5+ Years in Engineering with a Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM), OR 3+ years with Masters in STEM, OR 0+ Years with a PH.D in STEM, OR 9 years of exempt experience in Engineering, Test, or as a Test Conductor will be considered in lieu of a STEM degree
  • Current Active In-Scope DoD Secret Clearance reviewed within the last 5 years and the ability to obtain and maintain access to a Special Access Program.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical drawings, build and incorporated modify lab equipment.
  • Previous administrator experience with using a collaboration tool such as Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project.
  • Experience with Configuration Management and Quality.
  • Experience with property inventory and procurement processes such as iBuy and EPS.
  • Experience with satisfactorily fulfilling State & Federal OSHA and HAZMAT procedures and internal audits.

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Test Conductor:

  • 9+ Years in Engineering with a Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM), OR 7+ years with Masters in STEM, OR 4+ Years with a PH.D in STEM, OR 13 years of exempt experience in Engineering, Test, or as a Test Conductor will be considered in lieu of a STEM degree
  • Current Active In-Scope DoD Secret Clearance reviewed within the last 5 years and the ability to obtain and maintain access to a Special Access Program.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical drawings, build and incorporated modify lab equipment.
  • Previous administrator experience with using a collaboration tool such as Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project.
  • Experience with Configuration Management and Quality.
  • Experience with property inventory and procurement processes such as iBuy and EPS.
  • Experience with satisfactorily fulfilling State & Federal OSHA and HAZMAT procedures and internal audits.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in signature integration, RCS design, analysis, and testing
  • Knowledge of low observables and RCS performance in operational environments
  • Experience in one or more CAD software solutions such as CATIA, Unigraphics, or NX
  • Programming experience in C++, MATLAB, Python, or other highly technical languages
  • Knowledge and ability with EM data processing tools, such as TOMIS, CTGCalc, or others
  • Experience proposing and running successful R&D efforts to develop survivable components and technology, including budget, schedule, tasking, and review of technical products.
  • An active U.S. Government issued DoD Top Secret security clearance and/or previous SAP/SAR clearance

Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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 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.