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Software Engineering Manager 2 (Secret Clearance)

Requisition ID: R10041440

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Manhattan Beach, 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: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 5

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.

The Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Software Directorate has an opening for a Software Engineering Manager 2 to join our team of highly qualified and diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and you model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You develop trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You craft and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results.

Candidate will be responsible for the functional management of approximately 12 software engineering personnel assigned to space programs. Duties include conducting performance assessments, staffing, employee development, communication meetings, disciplinary actions, compensation adjustments, training & educational oversight/ approval and other routine personnel issues. Position will be responsible for establishing common processes and practices in cooperation with colleague managers across the sector. Must have experience in the full lifecycle of complex software systems. The candidate will work closely with program-assigned systems engineering, software development, and management professionals to ensure that the software lifecycle is accomplished with high quality and efficiency. Candidates will develop and manage detailed budgets and schedules and make work assignments for indirect tasking.

All candidates must have a current and continuing full-time program assignment; this position is allocated for 20% of the successful candidate’s time, which fluctuates during the year due to business needs and the performance management cycle.

To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our “Selecting the Best Qualified Managers" video:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other applicable STEM discipline and 9 years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 4 years of experience

  • Proven leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the software development lifecycle

  • Demonstrated ability to build or maintain diverse/inclusive teams with engaged team members

  • Demonstrated mentoring skills, and excellent 2-way communication skills (upward and downward)

  • Knowledge and understanding of standard software engineering processes

  • Proven time management and organizational skills to prioritize across concurrent program and functional responsibilities

  • Active DoD Secret Clearance

    • Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:

    • Dept of Defense Secret level with a background investigation date within 10 years OR Dept of Energy L clearance with a background investigation date within 10 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other STEM discipline is preferred.

  • Prior experience in engineering functional management is a plus.

  • Experience in software control of hardware instrumentation is a plus.

  • Experience with multiple iterations of the complete lifecycle as a practitioner preferred.

  • Demonstrated coaching skills are a plus.

  • Previous experience leading a team of 5-12 employees with a record of on-time performance.

  • Previous experience in developing proposal inputs (task descriptions and basis of estimate)

  • Demonstrate exemplary professionalism and ability to maintain composure in stressful situations. 


Salary Range: $140,536 USD - $210,804 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.