SIT&E Functional Director 2

Requisition ID: R10017164

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale - CA, 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.

The SIT&E Functional Director 2 is responsible for test and evaluation personnel, processes, and tools for all manned and unmanned aeronautical programs either developed or tested at Palmdale, Oklahoma City, Edwards AFB, Mojave, and other remote sites. They will provide executive leadership for a large complex organization that supports multiple simultaneous programs in various stages of the acquisition cycle.  SIT&E operates a wide range of system integration labs, iron birds, integration facilities, structural test facilities, ground and flight test facilities, test bed aircraft, test support aircraft (chase) and instrumentation and data systems to support experimental, developmental and acceptance testing. The value of these assets well exceeds $1B and program success depends on the preservation of personnel and assets.  Skills in the organization include:  Instrumentation, data management, production test, flight test operations, systems test and flight test engineering, structural test, specialty testing, SIL operations, air vehicle maintenance, ground test operations, model based test and evaluation, test automation, and test management.  SIT&E is also responsible for coordination for Palmdale ground and flight operations, to include flight line/ramp oversight, airspace coordination, frequency authorizations and critical resource allocation for the site.  This position will coordinate with program and production leadership at Palmdale and customer test organizations at Edwards AFB and elsewhere. Additional responsibilities include Flight Test Community of Practice leadership, responsibility for capital, NCTA, indirect, and allocation budgets, and other strategic initiatives.  SIT&E is comprised of more than 760 professionals, growing to over 850 in the next year. 

The Systems Integration Test & Evaluation Director 2 reports to the Vice President of Engineering for Palmdale and Oklahoma City

Basic Qualifications:

A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required with 14 or more years of experience in air vehicle test and operations. 

Minimum 6 years of test leadership/management experience in an integrated product team environment.

Experience as a manager of large (>100 person) teams.

Proven ability to drive teams to solve complex integration challenges, and to drive teams to develop and implement process improvements. 

The candidate must possess excellent leadership, and written communication skills.

Active Secret Clearance within the last 5 years, and eligibility for Top Secret Clearance and SCI is required to start.

Experience with all phases of testing from test strategy development to operational test.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree.

Program management experience.

Experience leading testing for a major Army, Air Force or Navy program. 

Track record of safe test operations.

Experience leading a mixed engineering and touch labor workforce.

Formal test training such as test pilot school or flight test certification.

Salary Range: 210000 - 315000

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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