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Principal Military Trainer – Work Area Commander

Requisition ID: R10038655

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Fort Leavenworth, KS, USA
  • 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, 25% 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 Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Military Trainer - Work Area Commander to join our growing team of diverse professionals at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.  The selected candidate will become part of our exercise support staff for our Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) to train Division and Corps Commanders and their staffs during Warfighting Exercises (WFX) and Mission Rehearsal Exercises (MRX). The Work Area Commander (WAC) is assigned as part of a planning team for an exercise rotation from initial planning through Mission Command Training (MCT) Seminar and WFX / MRX completion and After Action Review (AAR) process.  The selected candidate will be part of our Plans and Exercises Directorate (PLEX), and will prepare Exercise Planning Team (EPT) Update Reports, Simulation Control Plans (SCP), and other contract deliverables in support of MCTP Seminars and Warfighter Exercises.


  • Coordinates with the Lead Operations Group in the development of Simulation Control Plans

  • Works with other Divisions within the PLEX group to develop room builds and determine equipment and personnel needs for each exercise

  • Writes, publishes, and delivers Trip Reports for Exercise Life Cycle Events as contract deliverables

  • Serves as a Maneuver WAC in support of Warfighter Exercises at the Regional Simulation Center (RSC). This entails leading up to 7 people and portraying “fighting” opposing forces of up to a division in the Warfighter Simulation (WARSIM)

  • Prepares computer simulations using exercise scenario command and control graphics

  • Prepares computer simulation by placing assigned units into doctrinal formations, situated to the terrain and in a tactically correct representation based on combat orders and the scenario

  • Ensures game fidelity is maintained throughout exercise planning and execution

  • Inputs computer orders and generates reports as directed

  • Keeps command post players apprised of current and unusual activity

  • Participates as necessary in the Joint Exercise Life-Cycle (JELC) planning events, working side-by-side with other members of the Exercise and Simulation Support Directorates, and the Scenario Design Division, to plan and execute an MCTP Exercise rotation starting with EPT coordination meetings locally, to Initial Exercise Planning and Site Surveys (IEP/SS), Main Exercise Planning (MEP) and Final Exercise Planning (FEP) to ensure smooth execution of MCT seminars and WFX by the entire Operations Group PLEX

  • May deploy to various countries, as required, in support of U.S. military operations

Basic Qualifications:

  • One of the following:

    • High school diploma or GED with a minimum of 10 years of professional leadership experience

    • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years of professional leadership experience

    • Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of professional leadership experience

  • Knowledgeable of current Army/Joint doctrine

  • High proficiency with MS Office suite of software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access)

  • Must have an active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance

  • Must be able to work on-site at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas

  • Must be able to travel as needed (up to 25% of the time)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree

  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, or MEL 4 equivalent Intermediate Level Education (ILE)

  • At least 2 years of experience in design, planning, configuration, and conduct of large-scale computer simulation exercises

  • Previous experience in computer assisted simulation training

  • Experience with WARSIM simulation

  • Brigade or higher staff officer experience

  • Prior experience as an Observer Controller/ Trainer

Salary Range: $65,800 USD - $98,800 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.