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Manager Systems Engineering 2 – SCSBU

Requisition ID: R10077097

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Oxnard, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

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 Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Job Summary

We are looking for a Systems Engineering Manager 2.  This position is available at the Northrop Grumman facility at either our Goleta, CA or Oxnard, CA, as part of the Northrop Grumman Space Components and Strategic Business Unit, which consists of 8 operating units specializing in propulsion, deployable systems, structures, integrated thermal systems and strategic business products.

As a key strategic member of the Northrop Grumman Space Components and Strategic Businesses-Deployables leadership team, the Systems Engineering Manager 2 is responsible for leading the systems engineering team, with direct reports across the multiple operating sites.  The position shall require allocation of time between program direct Systems Engineering support and department management responsibilities.

The System Engineer program responsibilities supports the design, development, integration and test of space systems and subsystems. The System Engineer will perform technical planning, requirements management, system/cross functional integration, verification and validation, and analyses for a total systems solution.

Through collaboration with Engineering product team leads and other functional managers, the Systems Engineering Manager is also responsible for resource management and prioritization to provide prompt response and situational resolutions to meet all VSO goals and objectives. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Accountable to the Space Components Strategic Business Unit Engineering Director for meeting engineering safety, quality, delivery and cost expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Organize and define system level requirements, derive and allocate requirements to subsystems (performing or coordinating analyses as required), manage the requirements baseline in a relational database (such as DOORS), write clear requirement specifications, create Requirements Traceability and Verification Matrices (RTVMs), and collect the objective quality evidence (OQE) that verifies requirements are met.
  • Modeling, Simulation & Analysis: Develop system modeling, simulation, analysis and trade study activities, system capability analysis, antenna system performance/effectiveness analysis to ensure performance capabilities are consistent with mission requirements.
  • Interface Development & Management: Identify external and internal interfaces, define parameters that characterize those interfaces (performing or coordinating analyses as required), develop interface control documents & deliverables, and participate in system architecture & design development to resolve interface issues and ensure interface compliance.
  • Collaborate with Value Stream Owner (Site Operations Leader) for meeting the Engineering safety, quality, delivery and cost expectations of internal and external customers within entire product value streams. Ensures plans are developed and executed to meet internal and external customer requirements.
  • Deploy engineering resources to meet customer demands. Manage department priorities.
  • Support improvement initiatives for Engineering Daily Management, process standards, tools and risk management.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Master Scheduling, Product Value Stream Managers and Business Support Functions (Program Managers, Finance, Contracts, HR, etc.), including proposal support, to achieve product and site goals via sharing of resources, tools, equipment, processes, etc.
  • Provide functional leadership, employee development, training and mentoring.
  • Establish and maintain metrics that provide real-time visibility to measure, monitor, and control process performance, including key inputs, outputs, and early warning event triggers.
  • Consolidate systems engineering processes and integrate across operating units.
  • Evaluate and implement systems engineering best practices across operating units.

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Engineering required
  • A minimum of 9 years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree, or 7 years’ experience with a Master’s Degree.
  • 3 years leadership experience in a management role or combined years as a technical lead, with 2 or more staff assigned to provide technical guidance or leadership.
  • Expertise of Systems Engineering discipline, tools, processes, and products
  • Experience with requirements management databases (e.g., DOORS)
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering tools and processes
  • Experience with design development for space domain and technologies
  • Experience in integration and test of complex systems
  • Experience preparing work products associated with the system engineering lifecycle milestones (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR, PSR)
  • Experience reviewing part and assembly drawings
  • Ability to travel between the all operating sites and travel to support customers.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance is required.
  • US Citizenship required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Engineering MS degree or MBA preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills – presentation, oral, written, and listening.
  • Proven track record of managing direct reports of various disciplines and ability to lead multiple engineering disciplines to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Ability to provide technical communication and coordination with senior leadership.
  • Combination of industry knowledge, leadership skills, management expertise and in-depth knowledge of the design engineering process.
  • Proven ability to perform problem analysis and resolution using lean and continuous improvement tools and tactics to satisfy customer and business needs.
  • Requires knowledge and experience with implementation and execution of process standards, systems, processes, and business tools focused on engineering and technical risk management identification and mitigation.


Salary Range: $143,500 USD - $215,300 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.