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Manager Digital Engineering

Requisition ID: R10080678

  • 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: 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 Rolling Meadows Software and Digital Technologies (SWDT) Organization is searching for qualified candidates to support high performing teams of Computer/Electronics Engineers involved with creation of innovative embedded Programmable Logic Device solutions for government military customers.

The position dual-role with two primary functions: Development Manager and Functional Manager.

As a Development Manager, the position serves one of more of our three business units: Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM), Radio Frequency Combat Information Systems (RFCIS), and Targeting. These positions are an interface for programs within the SWDT organization and have responsibility for managing the success of those programs.

As a Functional Manager, these positions will provide front line management of up to 15 engineers supporting various programs within the organization. This position will report to the department head of the Digital Technology (DT) group.

The DT group is responsible for all Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) efforts across our business units. FPGA designers are responsible for the full life cycle of the FPGA which includes architecture, design, simulation, integration, and production support. Our site utilizes both Xilinx and Intel/Altera technologies with a wide range of applications which include command/control, video processing, and high-speed DSP algorithms.

The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate strong leadership skills and 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.

Development program responsibilities will include:

• Program / project management in the business unit including performance monitoring, support, risk management, and reporting

• Ensuring and monitoring quality of work products

• Ensuring adherence to Engineering process, leveraging or creating best practices

• Program task management, team guidance, & staffing

• Proposal team leadership Functional responsibilities will include:

• Setting, monitoring, & reviewing goals

• Providing timely, constructive, sincere performance feedback on a regular basis

• Executing performance appraisal activity

• Facilitating team meetings and frequently leveraging all communication mediums

• Promoting organizational initiatives such as the NGC Playbook

• Nurturing dedicated teams to execute organizational improvement initiatives

• Coordinating training & career development for team members

• Forecasting of workload

• Supporting talent acquisition activity

• Working with Human Resources to mediate & resolve personnel issues

Basic Qualifications:

- B.S. degree in STEM field - Minimum of 8 years applicable experience

- Experience executing the engineering project life cycle, including: requirements analysis, design, development, integration, validation, verification, and sustainment

- Demonstrated success in leading, collaborating, and developing cross functional teams of varying degrees of skill on complex technical projects

- Demonstrated interest in process improvement initiatives

- Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of management and individual contributors

- Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

- Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering (Computer or Electrical), Engineering Management, or related field

- Experience in full life cycle FPGA development

- Experience with IRCM / RFCIS countermeasures and Digital Signal Processing a plus

- Experience in cross-discipline Agile product development

- Experience with Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment

- Applied knowledge of Product Line Management

- Ability to connect the company’s capabilities to existing and potential customers to support business development

- Experience with design of Programmable Logic Devices (i.e. CPLD or FPGA)

- Experience as a Cost Account Manager (CAM) in the Defense industry or equivalent commercial experience with Program Management / Project Management duties, including operating under cost and schedule constraints

- 10 years applicable experience in an engineering field, management experience a plus

- Current Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance


Salary Range: $141,100 USD - $211,700 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.