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Staff Engineer RF Microwave Design

Requisition ID: R10027877

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Hopkinton, Massachusetts, 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 Hopkinton MA facility is engaged in the design, development, and manufacturing of antenna and passive microwave components for EW aerospace applications and associated OEM’s.  We have a strong cultural focus on design for manufacturability and therefore have our manufacturing and engineering resources co-located within the facility.  In addition to our in-house machining, assembly, and quality capabilities, our test department has two antenna ranges. One is a far field range and the other is a near field 8’x8’ scanning range. The test department also has multiple PNAs giving us measurement capability to 50GHz on site.  Design development and manufacturing use industry standard software packages which are readily available.

We are seeking an experienced Engineering Professional to lead our Antenna and Passive Component Engineering group.  The position will require a strong technical lead with a focus on business development and report to the Hopkinton Site lead.  You will be working with our internal team as well as our customers developing solution paths and insuring the successful implementation with regards to technical performance, schedule and budget.

This position will require an individual comfortable with working in a small team environment with a significant amount of autonomy and associated accountability, covering the full life cycle of projects from inception through production.  Given the small team environment a willingness to assume multiple roles and responsibilities is required, supporting RF design, mechanical design, design for manufacturability, proposal support, and business development.  The position will be a direct report to the local site manager and have the ability to directly influence the further development of the business. The ability to be hands-on, to work through others, to engage in leadership, and assist in customer development is emphasized.  Applicants must demonstrate prior working experience in the aerospace industry and substantiate prior project leadership and/or systems engineering experience.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in a STEM related discipline and a minimum of 10 years of related experience in industry.
  • Relevant experience in aerospace industry, with design, development and production of antenna apertures and passive RF components, in particular High Power Broadband for the EW market.  With a strong emphasis on design for manufacturability and a general understanding of manufacturing processes such as dip-brazing, plating, painting, machining.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop product designs independently, and verify those designs through prototype fabrication and testing. Understanding of mechanical drawings and geometric tolerance. Experience in the creation and execution of Acceptance Test Plans and Qualification Test Plans as required.
  • Project Leadership experience: scheduling, budgets, product costing, internal and external customer interface, reports and presentations, PDR’s CDR,s etc. Willingness to work cooperatively with and through a team including vendors with an ability to work across multiple projects and follow through to completion.
  • Proposal writing experience and business development support.  Working with the customer to develop a solution path and associated tailoring of the customer’s specification.  Generation of a SOW and specification compliance review including pricing and schedule support for the proposed solution.
  • Active Secret Clearance or ability to obtain

Desired Capabilities:

  • Commitment to Quality and customer service, fostering and leading in a culture of continuous improvement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • BS in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, MS or PHD is desirable
  • Working experience with the test and measurement of antenna and RF passive components, utilizing Orbit FR 959 far field and scanning range test equipment such as a vector network analyzer (VNA)
  • Solid background in electromagnetics
  • High Power RF component design, Waveguide and Coaxial
  • Quadridge Antenna design
  • Broad band component design
  • Experience with HFSS
  • Ability to use Solid Works
  • Familiarity with MRP systems

Salary Range: $149,000 USD - $223,400 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.