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F35 CNI Development Department Chief Engineer/ Manager 3

Requisition ID: R10067344

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SAP
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our organization 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. 

We are looking for you to join our team as a Chief Engineer/ Manager 3 based out of San Diego, CA. As a Chief Engineer/Manager 3 at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter. Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation. The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

What You'll Get to Do:

The Department Chief Engineer is responsible for the technical direction, execution, and oversight of all aspects of engineering within the F35 CNI Development Department including design, development, implementation, integration, testing, and delivery of product to the customer. The Department Chief Engineer is the technical leader for the program Chief Engineers and serves as technical advisor to the department manager. The Department Chief Engineer is also responsible in ensuring products are designed to transition seamlessly into Production & Sustainment. The Department Chief Engineer ensures that all engineering teams adhere to sound engineering processes, in accordance with company policies, procedures, and quality standards. Duties include the following:

  • Oversees and directs program Chief Engineers and technical teams within the F35 CNI Development Department

  • Responsible for supervision/mentorship of program Chief Engineers; ensures appropriate staffing & rhythm to support various development programs within the department

  • Supports program execution as definitive technical authority for all aspects of engineering on all program elements (hardware/software/support/test).

  • Maintains cognizance over technical activities within and across programs for requirements development, hardware/software design, integration, and verification/validation activities

  • Solves technical problems and provides solutions that are technically sound and programmatically executable

  • Provides technical status and assessment to the Department Manager. Supports assessment of cost and schedule impacts of technical decisions

  • Ensures program is adhering to engineering processes and best practices in design, development, fabrication/assembly, test, and sustainment of products for both internal and external customers and is compliant with company policies, procedures, and quality standards

  • Ensures design products transition smoothly to Production & Sustainment

  • Coordinates with functional organization to ensure execution of program statement of work and technical program requirements are met

  • Supports business captures toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives

  • Supports pursuit/proposal efforts by leading or by appointing the appropriate SME, in the development of technical execution strategy and architectures to meet customer objectives

  • Drive process development, continuous improvement, and affordability initiatives

  • Serve as chair for the Technical Review Board

  • Serves as chair for various design Gate reviews

  • Identify and insert reusable technologies and design products for current and future programs

The Department Chief Engineer as a manager 3 will also be responsible for the functional management of the program chief engineers assigned to the Communication, Navigation, and Identification (CNI) Operating Unit (OU) in the Communications Solutions Business Unit (CSBU).

The candidate’s duties will include:

  • Conducting performance assessments, staffing, employee development, communication meetings, compensation adjustments, training & educational oversight/approval, and other routine personnel issues

  • Assessing, prioritizing, and adjusting staffing to current and projected program needs

  • Facilitating engineering support, review, and approval of Bid & Proposal (B&P) requests

  • Supporting program gate reviews as the engineering review authority, and assist in resolution of program engineering challenges (technical, financial, and staffing)

  • Coordinating across programs and functions for common efficiencies and operational gains

  • Making decisions that impact the organization’s operations, and services

  • Comprehending and analyzing complex problems and developing solutions

  • Good communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and good oral and written presentation skills

  • Problem-solving experience in a team environment

  • Ability to facilitate/mediate in conflict resolution matters.

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field & 20+ years of related technical experience or a Master’s degree in a STEM field & 15+ years of related technical experience, or PHD in a STEM field & 12+ years of related technical experience

  • Experience in systems development, integration, and test 

  • Experience in Root Cause Investigation & and Corrective Action Development

  • Understanding of DoD design process

  • Experience in conducting trade studies

  • Active DoD Secret clearance with ability to obtain F35 Program Access

  • Experience as SME, Technical lead, Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead, Chief Engineer, or other engineering leadership role that demonstrated team building, organizational, and interpersonal skills

  • Experience directly managing or leading engineering teams

  • Support on product line development and technical roadmaps

  • Expertise understanding of the Design, Manufacturing, and Test process

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success as a Chief Engineer

  • Post graduate degree in STEM or technical management

  • Domain expertise in communication, navigation, or identification systems

  • Experience in Agile hardware/software programs

  • Experience in model based engineering

  • Familiarity with DevSecOps concept and application

  • Familiarity with architecture development

  • Knowledge of earned value management


Salary Range: $155,400 USD - $233,200 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.