Manager 1: Engineering Manager / Lead Engineer of Communication and Digital Signal Processing – Space / Satellite Systems –Secret (Monterey, CA)

Requisition ID: R10002859

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Monterey - CA, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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 seeks an Engineering Manager / Lead Engineer with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) experience to lead the Advanced Signals and Cyber (ASC) engineering group.  This engineering group is responsible for the applied research, development and prototyping of innovative signal processing capabilities.  Typical engineering responsibilities include communications and digital signal processing research, guiding transition of designs for firmware development on FPGA platforms, software development on GPP and ARM platforms, and basic prototyping of solutions.  The role encompasses functional management and technical program execution as follows:

Functional management for the ASC Communications R&E function including:

  • Manage, supervise, and develop the ASC engineering team to achieve continued excellence in applied research solutions
  • Work with program managers to provide leadership, tasking assignments, staffing, and direction to the team; manage resources to support program schedules, priorities, and customers
  • Manage the ASC engineering personnel to include hiring, employee development, program oversight, and performance management
  • Coordinate with other Northrop Grumman R&E organizations for successful task and program execution
  • Support business development including technical support to customer meetings, participation in Business Strategy Team (BST) team meetings, and capture management for selected pursuits 

Serve as a technical lead for communications and signal processing engineering including:

  • Lead the analysis, modeling, and requirements development for various digital signal processing endeavors
  • Apply technical expertise and background in support of communications and signal processing research for ASC programs, specifically in reprogrammable logic/firmware solutions
  • Mentor junior engineers in research and engineering concepts
  • Conduct technical assessments and trade studies in support of ASC program managers
  • Develop specifications for software, firmware, and hardware communications systems

On a daily basis, you will support 7-8 DSP engineers.  To be successful, you will need strong experience with functional management, experience with digital signal processing, and strong organizational and communication skills.

Basic Requirements

  • Engineering functional management experience
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years directly relevant technical and lead role experience
  • Engineering experience in digital signal processing. FPGA, communications
  • Understanding of FPGA firmware development using MATLAB, VHDL/Verilog and UVM verification methods. 
    • Additional experience with C/C++, and Python is a plus
  • Ability to efficiently develop professional presentations and reports using MS Office products
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Active Secret Clearance

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with wireless protocols including CDMA, UMTS, 4G/5G LTE and/or WiFi
  • Experience in radar signal processing techniques
  • Experience in software defined radio and/or real-time software
  • Cyber security
  • Active Top Secret Clearance

Competencies for Success

  • Positive relationship and team builder
  • Superior communicator & analytical problem solver
  • Technical depth to support effective execution from research through mission systems deployment 

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.  

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:


Dental & Vision coverage


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: 117200 - 175800

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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