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Sentinel (GBSD) – Deputy Aerospace Vehicle Engineering (AVE) Chief Engineer (CE)

Requisition ID: R10068493

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Roy, Utah, 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

NG Space Systems has an opening for a Deputy Aerospace Vehicle Engineering (AVE) Chief Engineer (CE) to join our Sentinel team of highly qualified, highly knowledgeable, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Roy, UT. Learn more about the Sentinel (GBSD) program here.  Northrop Grumman supports the Air Force’s sustainment, development, production and deployment of hardware and system modifications for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Ground and Airborne Launch Control Systems, Launch Facilities and associated infrastructure.

What you will get to do:

This individual’s role is to work alongside and act on the behalf of the AVE CE to support the AVE Integrated Product Team (IPT) in the design, build, and test of the Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) such that it successfully meets requirements as proven by design reviews, detailed analyses, characterization testing, and the agreed to qualification verification processes—including the successful execution of the Engineering Manufacturing Design (EMD) phase of the program and the successful transition to the Production/Sustainment phase of the program. Duties include working alongside and acting on the behalf of the AVE CE to support the  AVE IPT in the design, build and test of associated test support equipment; creation, validation and verification of modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) products; creation and verification of AVE Electrical/Electronic design integration products; creation and verification of AVE Mechanical Design Integration products; creation of AVE requirements products; evaluation of AVE Segment/Element/Lower Level design review products; evaluation of Integration and Test activities, and evaluation of associated system engineering products including but not limited to the Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) products for the AVE missile hardware and software. Support is also required in the evaluation of AVE compliance to internal and external interface, nuclear surety, cyber, and nuclear hardness requirements. This position is required throughout EMD. The role includes support to the CE ownership of the technical baseline of the AVE design including the aspects of the design needed to support all design reviews leading up to AVE and Weapon System Critical Design Reviews; all AVE required Integration, Assembly and Test activities (including flight testing); all activities required to ensure a successful System Qualification Verification Review (SQVR) including qualification planning and execution activities; and all activities related to ensuring successful Production, Deployment, and Sustainment efforts. The individual will be responsible for supporting and acting on the behalf of the AVE CE in ensuring the quality of the development of AVE required products, chairing the AVE Engineering Review Board, and coordination inside and outside of the AVE team on performing tasks associated with ensuring the success of the Sentinel EMD program including resolution of issues, close out of design reviews, and approvals of all technical related products.  This position reports directly to the AVE IPT Lead.

The selected candidate should thrive working in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, engaged in significantly diverse assignments, within a collaborative/team setting across all levels of the organization.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:
- Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
- 401k
- Educational Assistance
- Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
- Paid Time Off
- Health & Wellness Resources
- Employee Discounts

This positions standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in STEM with 15 years of engineering experience
  • Expert knowledge of Vehicle Product development designs including Structures; guidance, navigation, software , propulsion, electronics/payloads, communications, materials, subsystems, and Integration and Testing
  • Expert knowledge in the development of high-fidelity aerospace vehicle control and dynamics, vehicle structural dynamics, and accuracy simulations and performance assessment (including propulsion, steering and control, and accuracy)
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) experience and familiarity with high accuracy inertial measurement system modeling and performance, including calibration and alignment principles, Kalman filtering, and instrument error modeling
  • SME experience in subsystem and vehicle model maturation and validation using test and proven analytical methods
  • SME experience and knowledge in principles of MBSE (Model Based System Engineering)
  • Active Secret security clearance and ability to obtain a Top Secret and special access clearance (SAP)
  • 5+ years of experience with technical / vehicle engineering development leadership

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expert knowledge of strategic level nuclear hardened designs
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Expert knowledge of cyber related design compliance to requirements
  • Expert understanding of verification and validation principles of MS&A work products
  • Expert knowledge of ICBM / strategic missile designs including, flight testing, performance analysis, solid rocket motor propulsion based stages; missile guidance, navigation, and control of strategic missile systems (including software); liquid propulsion based post boost systems; and payload reentry systems—including nuclear warhead equipped reentry vehicles (RV) (including non-nuclear capable RV test vehicles) and associated countermeasures
  • Top Secret security clearance and ability to obtain a special access clearance
  • 5+ years of experience with Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) or related missile-based activities

Salary Range: $149,700 USD - $224,500 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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  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.