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Manager Engineering 1/2 level – Space Systems

Requisition ID: R10069322

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today. Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The Tactical Space Systems I&T Mechanical Engineering organization seeks to fill an Engineering Manager position for our Gilbert, AZ location. This is a dual role position encompassing both functional management and technical performance supporting current programs and initiatives. The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate strong leadership skills to achieve sustainable top performance. He/she will have a track record as an effective communicator and problem solver who is able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and customers. This candidate will demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. Demonstrated abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching, are a must.

This manager will functionally lead the Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) design engineering team. You will work alongside the lead engineer to ensure the success of preliminary, conceptual, and detailed design of MGSE components, including the creation of detailed models through drawing release, and the coordination of manufacturing, integration, test, and delivery to I&T.


  • Staffing support and workload forecasting
  • Conducting periodic performance evaluations, including written and 1 on 1 mid-year and annual reviews
  • Providing leadership and guidance to the staff
  • Managing indirect and capital needs
  • Training coordination and assessments of the Mechanical Engineering Team
  • Professional development and mentoring of direct reports
  • Supporting Functional Homeroom initiatives and projects which includes but is not limited to: process improvements, event response teams, corrective and preventive action implementation, safety initiatives, Capex, Career Goal planning, and associated business activities/processes.
  • Support Cross Functional, Cross Division and Community of Practice collaborative efforts.
  • Ownership for factory standard processes.


  • Leading a team of Mechanical Engineers that support multiple spacecraft and/or product lines.
  • Perform requirements definition, conceptual design, preliminary / layout, and detail design, drawing release, design review presentations, and support to fabrication/integration
  • Lead and participate in system-level trades to ensure the design meets all physical, mechanical, and environmental requirements while accommodating the required payload, power, propulsion, thermal, communications, and attitude control system requirements
  • Providing mechanical operation status to upper management and the customer
  • Problem Solving, Root Cause/Corrective Actions
  • Providing Technical guidance to engineering staff
  • Support various Program Mechanical Activities
  • Supports/ Operational Metrics for Quality, Schedule, Cost and Productivity.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either a Manager Engineering 1 or Manager Engineering 2.

Basic Qualifications – Manager 1:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 5 Years of engineering experience; OR Master's Degree with 3 Years of engineering experience
  • Experience within the Aerospace and/or Defense industry processes and standards 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Clearance or SCI access.

Basic Qualifications – Manager 2:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 7 Years of engineering experience; OR Master's Degree with 5 Years of engineering experience
  • At least 2 years of proven demonstrated experience leading a technical team or project
  • Experience within the Aerospace and/or Defense industry processes and standards 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Clearance or SCI access. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in MGSE design, fabrication, and proof load testing
  • Experience in defining driving requirements in fluid design environment
  • Experience providing technical product support to a customer or a business.
  • Experience establishing goal driven deadlines.
  • Experience supporting PDR, CDR, MRR, and TRR reviews.
  • Experienced in all aspects of the engineering development lifecycle.
  • Experience in I&T for Satellite products
  • High proficiency in problem solving.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in working technical and programmatic issues across a global team

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical
  • Dental & Vision coverage
  • 401k
  • Educational Assistance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health & Wellness Resources
  • Employee Discounts
  • Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

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Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $140,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $11,500 USD - $169,000 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.