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Staff Systems Test Engineer – Flying Test Bed Engineer

Requisition ID: R10076490

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, 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 Aeronautics Systems sector has an opening for a Staff System Test Engineer specializing in Flight Test Beds (FTB) within our Test and Evaluation group. This position will be located in Melbourne, FL.

In this role you will lead a team responsible for the Integration and Test of Mission Systems capabilities and functions in a laboratory, flying test bed, and/or flight test environment. Based on system requirements, the candidate will assist in the development of test requirements and procedures, execute integration and test activities in a lab environment, evaluate systems functionality in a flying test bed, and support mission systems flight test evaluations.

This Systems Test Engineering role will report to the Flight Test Manager and IPT Lead. The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels.

The candidate must be able to collaborate closely with System Engineers, hardware and software engineers, and integration/test engineers to provide leadership and guidance within Northrop Grumman, our suppliers and customer. The candidate will lead test working group meetings, develop aircraft modification and test schedules, develop presentations to status task progress and cost/schedule performance for the various FTB projects. The candidate must have strong technical background, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, in-depth understanding of mission systems functionality, and demonstrated integration and test experience with modern aircraft systems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership for the Systems Test IPT, responsible for design, development, integration, and test execution of multiple surrogate FTB efforts supporting the Program
  • Work closely with the Program technical management to ensure on-time development and execution of the Programs FTB activities
  • Work with Engineering IPT’s to define the requirements for the systems under test
  • Responsible for overseeing development of architectures, Interface Control Documents (ICD;’) , and designs of FTB systems
  • Responsible for development of supplier Statements of Work
  • Ensure technical issues are understood, addressed immediately, and expeditiously develop & implement technical solutions and corrective actions
  • Lead system testing, reporting, development of test procedures and data acquisition
  • Decompose specifications to system performance, interface, test and verification requirements
  • Execute Integration and Test procedures; troubleshoot lab and system/software/hardware stability issues; assist with development of solutions to the technical problems

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's of Science AND 14 years of relevant experience OR Master's of Science AND 12 years of relevant experience OR PH.D AND 9 years of relevant experience
  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance or higher (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation)
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance within a reasonable amount of time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years experience in a Flight Test engineering capacity
  • 5+ years of FTB experience
  • Experience with Avionics, hardware, or software Systems Integration and Test Procedure Development
  • Direct experience developing and/or operating surrogate flight test platforms
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Systems Test and or Flight Test certification
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance (in-scope)
  • Knowledgeable in systems engineering, systems architecture, and IV&V engineering principles
  • Knowledge of systems design, integration, test, verification, and validation
  • Very strong organization, coordination, planning and teaming skills
  • Proven technical competence in a complex system development environment
  • Solid understanding of test methodologies, system architectures, and system troubleshooting
  • Avionics, Mission Planning and Integration and Test experience
  • Background, experience with requirements development and integration and test processes
  • Strong laboratory skills, flight test experience a plus
  • Networking experience a plus
  • Experience working across multiple engineering domains


Salary Range: $122,500 USD - $183,700 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.