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Systems Engineering Manager

Requisition ID: R10065110

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 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: 5

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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization 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!

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile software-defined systems and solutions. Our products range from advanced sensing technologies to state-of-the-art targeting and tracking systems that are deployed in Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) / Aircraft Survivability Systems (ACS), Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR), and Radio Frequency Electronic Warfare (RFEW) systems. These systems are designed, developed, built, integrated, and tested by the capable folks at our company to protect the lives of U.S. and Allied warfighters in present and future conflicts.

We are looking for you to join our team as a Systems Engineering Manager based out of Rolling Meadows, IL. As a Systems Engineering Manager at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation.

What You’ll get to Do:

NGMS is seeking managers for its Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) organization at our Rolling Meadows, IL location.  These are dual role position, so the candidate will spend part of their time managing the team and part of their time working as a SEIT Lead or contributor on programs within the area the team supports. 

The open positions the selected candidate may fill are:

  • 1 Manager position leading a team of Systems Engineers in the SEIT Targeting Department.  It is anticipated the candidate would serve as a SEIT Lead in the restricted program space.
  • 1 Manager position leading a team of System Design Engineers in the SEIT ACS Department.
  • 1 Manager position leading a team of Integration & Test Engineers in the SEIT ACS Department.
  • 2 Manager positions leading teams of Systems Engineers in the SEIT RF Department.

The responsibilities associated with managing the team include: 

  • Functional oversight for a team of approximately 15 SEIT engineers working multiple initiatives including follow-on contracts, new business growth opportunities, internal research and development, and capital projects.
  • Leadership for support and adherence to standard SEIT processes and the oversight of cost, schedule, and technical quality for SEIT execution on supported programs, including functional reviews for major milestone events (SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR, etc.) and proposals as applicable.
  • Staffing and workload forecast; employee inclusion, engagement, mentoring and career development; employee training and identification, and training of skills required to execute on programs; management and execution of employee performance review processes; and leadership and execution for a multitude of functional management processes.
  • Recruiting of new talent to meet staffing commitments.
  • Support initiatives such as Model Based System Engineering (MBSE), Product Line Architecture (PLA), and Agile implementation that provide a competitive advantage for our customers.

If selected as the Manager for the SEIT Targeting Department, as a SEIT Lead, you will provide leadership in applying the core principles of systems engineering in order to deliver innovative, affordable, highly reliable systems solutions that meet customer needs, key performance parameters, and program execution goals. The SEIT Lead will lead multi-disciplined engineering teams (ranging from 1 to 30+ engineers) from business capture through system design and then integration and test of highly complex technical systems.  The SEIT Lead must be able to satisfy allocated cost and schedule requirements and managing customer deliverables.  Responsibilities may include engineering leadership for system architecture development, requirements development, hardware/software design, verification and validation activities, and production program engineering support. A person in this position ensures that the program is adhering to sound engineering processes in the development, production, test and sustainment of products for our customers and that the program and product is compliant with company policy, procedures, and quality standards. 

The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate strong leadership skills to achieve sustainable top performance. He/she will have a track record as an effective communicator and problem solver who is able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The candidate will demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. Demonstrated abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching, are a must. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

The candidate will demonstrate a broad skill set that is balanced between interpersonal, business, and technical capabilities. He/she will have an ability to operate in a team environment and collaborate across the sector business areas as required to accomplish the team goals. The candidate will work closely with the managers of other engineering disciplines as well as program directors/managers. The ideal candidate will also be able to champion change within the organization, to achieve competitive advantage for the business.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering / technical discipline with a minimum of 7 years’ experience or a Master of Science degree in an engineering / technical discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
  • Proven demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills along with proven success working in an integrated product team environment.
  • High proficiency in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring.
  • This position requires the applicant to be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have the ability to obtain an Interim Secret clearance prior to start date. Once started, must have the ability to obtain and maintain a full secret clearance.
  • Ability to obtain Special Access Program (SAP) clearances.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Secret / Top Secret Clearance.
  • Background and understanding in various tools and techniques associated with cost / schedule management (especially Earned Value Management).
  • Program Management experience or Functional Management experience leading teams including Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a systems engineering, integration, and test environment.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with electronic warfare, EO/IR, laser, or related defense systems.
  • Experience in all aspects of the engineering process from proposal / requirements analysis through verification testing.
  • Proficiency in MS Project, MS Office, MATLAB, Simulink, Cameo, Model Based System Engineering (MBSE), and Agile techniques.
  • Master's degree in a relevant technical or management specialty.

Salary Range: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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.