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Airworthiness Systems Engineer – Woodland Hills, CA

Requisition ID: R10059082

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Woodland Hills, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No

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.

Job Description

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!

We are looking for you to join our team as an Airworthiness Systems Engineer based out of Woodland Hills, CA.  As an Airworthiness Systems Engineeer 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:

Perform technical airworthiness consulting, planning and verification support including development and negotiation of airworthiness plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification activities for complex total systems with engineering teams as well as customer counterparts.   

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels. This role will be a lead role and the selected candidate will be required to have excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management. 

This position description does not represent a current opening but may be used to identify candidates with skills and experience for positions within Northrop Grumman that frequently become available. Candidates who express an interest may be considered for future positions at Northrop Grumman.

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in STEM/Software/Computer Science or related discipline with 5+ years of Engineering experience or a Master's with 3+ years of experience
  • Familiarity with Military and/or Industry Standards such as: MIL-STD-882, DO-178B/C, DO-254, ARP-4754, ARP-4761, Joint Services Software Safety Engineering Handbook (JSSSEH), ISO 26262 (Automotive), EN 50128 (Railway), 21 CFR Part 820 (FDA), MIL-HDBK-516C, etc.
  • Ability to work in an open collaborative environment as a member of a software development team and to have demonstrated the ability to independently determine and develop solutions to complex difficult problems.
  • Demonstrated work experience in DOD flight safety critical systems and sub-systems with technical airworthiness planning including development and negotiation of airworthiness plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification activities. 
  • Experience in making findings of compliance to airworthiness or other safety standards or demonstrating product safety standard compliance to an outside authority.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with outside customers and organizations.
    History of demonstrated leadership capabilities, excellent presentation skills and ability to work independently. 
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, leadership skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management
  • US Citizenship is required in order to obtain and maintain security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university.
  • Experience with DO-330, DO-331 is a plus.
  • Experience using modeling tools such as MATLAB, MathWorks Simulink, or ANSYS SCADE and using requirements management tools such as DOORS.
  • Experience with all levels of software verification and testing. Aviation/Avionics certification/experience is a plus.
  • Experience in Proposal Writing and creating Basis of Estimates (BOEs) for new business capture efforts is a plus.
  • Extensive experience with requirements development, system/software architecture, Software design, software code implementation, test, verification, and validation
  • Experience developing embedded real-time safety-critical software systems using processes that employ DO-178C guidance and criteria.
  • Experience in translating software requirements into software design, producing software code from designs, and testing and debugging software code. Experience with robust software partitioning design and verification.
  • Experience using software configuration management tools such as IBM Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest and GitHub. 
  • Familiarity and experience with detecting and eliminating common software failure mechanisms.
  • Active Secret DoD clearance.


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.