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Systems Engineering Manager 2 (Guidance, Navigation, and Control)

Requisition ID: R10080975

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, 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 Systems has an opening for a Systems Engineering Manager 2 - Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC). This position will support homeroom efforts and will act as the technical lead within the Autonomous Division Center of Excellence. This position will be located in San Diego, CA.

The selected candidate will provide both functional homeroom management and technical leadership of a team of GNC engineers performing efforts on various classified programs.  The functional homeroom manager duties typically account for 20% of the workload with the remaining 80% as the technical lead.

Essential Functions of GNC Section Manager (20%):

  • Lead team of 8-12 GNC engineers, including college and high school interns
  • Provide personnel with career development, employee engagement, mentoring, and coaching
  • Coordinate with programs for staffing, recruiting, training, preparing and delivering performance evaluations to employees, employees for promotions, evaluating salaries and coordinating with Human Resources on potential adjustments, assisting employees in preparing performance goals, providing career guidance to employees, and counseling employees on their performance as necessary
  • Forecast and lead work load for each team member
  • Develop and improve personnel and organizational technical skills
  • Work with Human Resources to mediate and resolve personnel issues
  • Ensure process alignment through the work of direct reports, support program milestone reviews and deep dives, and assist in development and implementation of division objectives
  • Work closely with managers of other engineering disciplines, program managers, and IPT leads
  • Champion change within the organization, to achieve competitive advantage for the division and sector
  • You should demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business.
  • Demonstrate abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching.
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal skills are required.

Essential Functions of GNC Technical Lead (80%):

  • Leading a team of 8-10 GNC engineers to support a number of program efforts.
  • Assigning daily tasking to each individual contributor
  • Ensure technical quality and robustness of the team’s work
  • Coordinating with other product teams in the program.
  • Act as primary interface between team and program management, customers, and other disciplines.

The GNC lead will report to the VMS lead on classified program. Working fulltime onsite in the office in a closed area is required. Up to 10% travel is required to perform statement of work.

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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 9 years of related experience OR a Master’s Degree with 7 years of related experience.
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain Top Secret clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.
  • Ability to obtain Special Program Access. This Special Program Access must be obtained within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.
  • Previous Leadership Experience
  • Knowledge of Control System Design and Analysis
  • Experience with Matlab and/or Simulink

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Top Secret Clearance and PAR (Special Program Access)
  • Experience with AGILE/JIRA/Confluence
  • Knowledge of CAM/Earned Value
  • Knowledge in Auto Coding, linear and non-linear analysis, aerodynamics, stability and control, simulation and modeling, and test data analysis
  • Experience with C/C++ and Python


Salary Range: $143,500 USD - $215,300 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.