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F-35 Systems Engineering Manager 3

Requisition ID: R10067835

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Sector is seeking a F-35 Systems Engineering Manager 3 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.  This leadership role is located in Redondo Beach, CA.

This Senior Engineering Manager position is responsible for providing leadership oversight of the Vehicle Systems, Avionics, Subsystems, Weapons Integration, and Systems Engineering Integrated Product Teams (IPTs).  Role includes responsibility, accountability and authority for the technical execution and performance of the five IPTs with scope that includes mechanisms, subsystems design of harnessing/cabling/tubing routed within or through the center fuselage, physical and functional weapons integration, systems engineering and flight test support, vehicle systems requirements and supplier management for the CNI/EW Racks, Arresting Hook System, Weapons Bay Door Drive System, and Fire Protection System.  The supplier management responsibilities require internal cross-functional interactions as well as interfacing directly with Supplier leadership teams to build relationships, monitor product quality, and ensure product performance meets requirements and is maintained in a fast-paced, dynamic production environment.  This includes responsibility for monitoring the technical program execution of four major subcontractors with both, domestic and international suppliers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a diverse, multi-function team executing a portfolio of engineering activities supporting the F-35 platform.
  • Leads concurrent performance of development, sustaining, and sustainment activities.
  • Manages the cost, schedule, and technical performance of five Integrated Product Teams.
  • Coordinates or assists with the preparation of proposals, business plans, supplier statement of work statements and specifications, subcontract technical evaluations, IPT staffing and performance evaluation.
  • Acts as primary customer contact for IPT activities and provides leadership visibility for relevant statement of work.
  • Supports the F-35 Chief and Deputy Chief Engineer in setting the direction and strategy for successfully accomplishing F-35 engineering objectives.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, organized, independently directed with good problem solving skills, able to perform effectively despite concurrent work tasks and will possess strong communication, leadership, and team building skills.  Travel up to 25% may be required for this role.

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and you model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You develop trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.


To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our “Selecting the Best Qualified Managers” video:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) and 9 years of related professional/military experience OR 7 years with Master's degree required.
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in a Technical Leadership role
  • Prior experience with the design, manufacturing, assembly, or test of flight hardware.
  • Must have the ability to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Prior technical experience related to Space or Air Vehicle design, along with a track record of leading a highly skilled team and suppliers in the design, integration and production phases of such products and systems within schedule, labor, and material cost requirements.
  • Experience with the design, development, and implementation of aerospace mechanical systems as well as a working knowledge of complex vehicle systems and integration of subsystems hardware into aircraft is advantageous.
  • Prior cost account management experience including EVMS.
  • Prior technical Integrated Product Team (IPT) and Subcontracts Management experience is desired.
  • Prior experience with flight hardware acceptance testing and documentation is preferred.
  • Active DoD Secret security clearance.

Salary Range: $171,000 USD - $256,400 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

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.

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.