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Principal / Sr. Principal Vehicle Performance Engineer

Requisition ID: R10073265

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SAP
  • 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 sector is seeking a Vehicle Performance Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Melbourne, FL.


The candidate will perform Aircraft Performance analysis within a Flight Sciences team, working with related disciplines including Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Mass Properties, Configuration, GNC, and others.

Job Summary

  • Experienced air vehicle performance engineer with demonstrated capabilities supporting high paced engineering manufacturing development through entry into service in collaborative environment.

  • Applies advanced engineering principles to the design and development of air vehicle, in order to ensure safe, operational efficiency while maintaining defined program goals.

  • Works with highly motivated team responsible for all aspects of air vehicle performance to include including oversight of performance analyses generated by junior engineers in specific phases of flight, including takeoff, climb, descent, approach and landing, as well as overall mission analysis using computer-based tools.

  • Defines and validates flight test specifications.

  • Recommends flight test procedures and reviews flight test data.

  • Leads timely development and flight test maturation of aircraft flight manuals reflecting the developing performance database.

  • Contributes to the modification of performance models and derivatives of current models based on evolving flight test data.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance for mission analysis, trade studies and development, air vehicle performance data synthesis, and performance assessments substantiating program requirements.

  • Prepare release plan for air vehicle performance tech order and flight manual to support program milestone and delivery schedule.

  • Provide technical guidance for substantiation data reports and other airworthiness artifacts required to support flight clearance.

  • Provide technical support to junior team members.

  • Develops air vehicle performance database deliverables to internal customers supporting their delivery schedules.

  • Applies extensive technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings. 

  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

  • Applicant exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective, for desired results. Self-directed and able to perform assignments independently, and at times with management staff, under time constraints and stringent deadlines.

Basic Qualifications:

  • The basic qualifications for a Principal Vehicle Performance Engineer are a Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, OR a related Master’s degree and 3 years' experience.

  • The basic qualifications for a Sr. Principal Vehicle Performance Engineer are a Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 9 years’ experience, OR a related Master’s degree and 7 years' experience.

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance or higher (that has a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or is under continuous evaluation). 

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Program Access prior to the commencement of employment.

  • Understanding of fundamental aircraft aerodynamic and propulsion parameters.

  • Understanding of aircraft performance analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-3013A.

  • Experience in performing aircraft performance analysis, including mission performance, turn performance, kinematic maneuvering.

  • Experience in take-off and landing performance

  • Experience with flight test data reduction for vehicle performance.

  • Familiarity with Matlab and Linux Operating System.


Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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 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.