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Staff Systems Engineer – Competitive Positioning Lead

Requisition ID: R10059458

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

SSSD has an opening for a Competitive Positioning Lead to join our Life Cycle Cost (LCC) team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

The Competitive Positioning Lead will support the Enduring Missions Campaign by performing affordability analysis, schedule analysis, technical development efforts, and landscape assessments to identify strategic supplier and contract partnerships.  All of these activities will help increase the capture competitiveness by increasing strategic partnerships and reducing cost and schedule.

The Competitive Positioning Lead should be comfortable developing briefing materials, coordinating and running working groups, briefing management, and providing status on a regular basis.

This role supports space programs in the very early phase of development, where strategy is developed to shape a major captures.  It requires technical knowledge and economic acumen to formulate Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and affordability analysis approaches and methods to provide senior leadership the ability to make actionable decisions in a very agile manner.

Role and Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for performing Life Cycle Cost (LCC), Design to Cost (DTC), Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV) and Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) analysis. Analytical tools/approaches leveraged include commercial/Gov’t parametric models, such as PRICE and SEER as well as custom developed parametrics determining correlation between operational or technical requirements and cost. The position requires experience developing complex cost models using advanced cost estimating techniques as well as excellent interpersonal skills required to solicit input, synthesize data, and communicate results to various levels of leadership. Leadership skills are required to lead and mentor more junior team members and interns.  The analysis performed is done in a non-advocacy manner representing the organization as an “honest broker” providing credible cost analysis.

Basic Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 14+ years of engineering experience OR

- Master’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 12+ years of engineering experience OR

- PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 9+ years of engineering experience

Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:

- Dept. of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years OR

- Dept. of Energy Q clearance with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

-Active SCI access required on day one

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience working with Excel, PowerPoint, and SEER-H

- Experience working with VBA and SEER

- Affordability/Cost Reduction

- Developing Cost Models

- Active SCI

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for:

- Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

- 401k

- 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

For more details, please view Northrop Grumman Benefits.

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Salary Range: $156,000 USD - $234,000 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.