Department Manager, Systems Engineering 3

Requisition ID: 20027326

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Woodland Hills
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We’re looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

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 Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) team based out of Woodland Hills, CA. As a Department Manager, Systems Engineering 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:

As a Department manager in this “manager of managers” role, the candidate will be responsible for the overall direction, leadership, and management of a Systems Engineering department comprised of 8 section managers and senior staff, and about 80 systems engineers. This department provides Systems Engineering support to the Navigation and Positioning Systems (NAPS) Business Unit and reports into site’s Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) organization. SEIT provides systems engineering, systems integration & test, technical execution leadership, and specialty engineering support to all product areas across NAPS, Integrated Digital Systems (IDS), and Algorithmic Warfare business areas. This product base includes advanced airborne-, ground-, sea-, and space-based inertial measurement and navigation systems; integrated avionics systems; and sensor and intelligence data analytics.

Candidates must be able to work collaboratively with other engineering and manufacturing departments at the Woodland Hills campus. Additionally the candidates must collaborate with business area leadership, business development, business management, mission assurance, product development, and supply chain management to resolve complex issues in a timely manner to help meet our Program commitments.

Department management responsibilities make up 50% of the candidates’ work time. Leadership and execution responsibilities include staff resource planning and scheduling, mentoring, developing and improving staff technical skills, leading complex technical issue resolution, and conducting performance and salary reviews, among other administrative responsibilities. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for securing work in support of direct-charge program activities for 50% of the time.

The selected manager for this position will be expected to build upon recent progress in the implementation of Model Based Engineering (MBE) and Agile execution framework for safety critical embedded systems.

This position is also responsible for guiding a group of managers and their teams in the development, implementation, and refinement of strong processes with emphasis on quantitative management, continuous improvement, employee engagement, and engineering affordability with high quality work product results.
Minimal travel is expected.


Basic Qualifications: 
• Bachelor's in Engineering or related discipline with 12+ years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility, 10+ years with a Master's, or 8+ years with a Ph.D.
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a systems engineering, integration, and test environment.
• Excellent leadership, strategic thinking, planning, management, and interpersonal communication and collaboration skills with a proven track record of leading a team of multi-disciplinary engineers.
• Demonstrated experience in leading high performing organizations and leading organizational change.
• Effective communication and presentation skills.
• Experience in all aspects of the engineering process, from requirements analysis through verification testing.
• Proficiency in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring.
• Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.
Preferred Qualifications: 
• Master's degree in a relevant technical or management specialty.
• Solid technical foundation in system engineering.
• Prior experience in a “manager of managers” role.
• Experience with large scale, safety critical, hardware and embedded software systems.
• Knowledge of/experience with Model Based Engineering (MBE) and Agile is highly desired.
• Knowledge of/experience with emerging (e.g., DO-178) development processes highly desired.
• Active DoD Secret Clearance.
• Experience in Navigation Systems.

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your package will include the following:

• Health Plan
• Savings Plan
• Paid Time Off
• Additional benefits
  o Education Assistance
  o Training and Development

Additional Northrop Grumman Information:

Northrop Grumman has approximately 85,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.

Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.

Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world.
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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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.

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