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Principal Technical Editor and Writer

Requisition ID: R10066080

  • Category IconCategory: Communications
  • Location IconLocation: Northridge, 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: 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.

Writes, rewrites and/or edits technical documents such as technical procedure manuals, user manuals, programming manuals, service manuals, operational specifications, and related technical publications to communicate clearly and effectively technical specifications and instructions to a wide range of audiences. Acquires subject knowledge by interviewing product developers, observing performance of production methods, referring to technical specifications, blueprints, engineering illustrations, and trade journals. Oversees preparation of illustrative materials, selecting drawings, sketches, diagrams and charts. Conducts quality review of materials.

Job Responsibilities

The Technical Editor/Writer will work with diverse and highly specialized groups and individuals to create and maintain technical documentation supporting development and/or production programs. The major responsibilities associated with this position will include but are not limited to:

  • Editing, formatting, and maintaining program and technical documentation such as program plans, design specifications, user manuals, software build and installation documentation, test reports, procedures, PowerPoint briefings, and reports
  • Writing and reviewing standard operating procedures and internal working documentation as needed
  • Working with authors, assigned stakeholders, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to gain better understanding of subject matter
  • Applying company’s format, document markings, and style requirements consistently and validating the accuracy and completeness of content before submitting documents for review
  • Estimating costs and work required for technical writing components of new proposals
  • Recommending industry best practices and participating in process improvements

Basic Qualification for a Level 3 (Technical Writer/Editor)

  • High school diploma/GED and a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience. Will consider a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience or a Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience
  • Experience editing/writing technical documentation and procedural materials for multiple audiences
  • Candidate mush have superior written and verbal skills to effectively interact will all levels of personnel to improve document content for enhancement of end-user experience
  • Ability to edit and create visuals, graphics, diagrams, and tables for technical support/document content
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance within a timeframe set forth by management. US Citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance (or higher)
  • Possession of Technical Communication Certification or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of tools, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Be familiar with Visio
  • Proven ability to quickly learn and understand complex topics
  • Manage and prioritize multiple fast paced projects simultaneously under deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Maintain exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience in a military, government, commercial aerospace industry (e.g., aviation/equipment maintenance, aircraft operations, or commercial industrial technology companies)
  • Experience working in a product lifecycle management system (i.e., Agile PLM, Teamcenter, CMPro, etc.)

Salary Range: $76,200 USD - $114,400 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.