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Antenna Mechanical Design Section Manager

Requisition ID: R10089965

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable, and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Are you passionate about building high performing teams?  Are you a champion of continuous improvement?  Are you known as a critical thinker who can influence change?  Do effectively partner as an engaged stakeholder with collaborating functions?  If this is you, keep reading! 

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking an Antenna Mechanical Design Section Manager to part of the leadership team within the Antenna Products Department. This position will be located on the Northrop Grumman Space Park Campus in Redondo Beach, CA. 

Primary scope will involve managing a section of 10-15 engineers whose responsibilities span project leadership, antenna system architecture development, antenna performance requirements and capabilities assessment, antenna design/analysis, sustainment of antenna production and/or procurement, and antenna performance verification including functional and environmental testing. Section Manager Responsibilities will include talent review and interviewing, staff performance management, career development management, management of staff tools and resources, staffing assignment management, and mentoring/coaching of employees. 

Additional scope will involve working side-by-side with staff members during the development, demonstration, and sustainment of mission-enabling antenna products for both space and airborne platforms. On average, Section Managers support 80% of their time on direct programs on antenna projects, and 20% as a functional homeroom manager. 

  Typical Program Responsibilities:  

  • Technical Lead to manage Antenna mechanical design developments including architectures, components, products, and performance of antenna structures and related systems testing with a cross-disciplinary engineering & production team 
  • Responsible for the design & analysis, development, production, and sustainment of Antennas in support of class A, B, and C Antenna programs 
  • Proficiency in mechanical design and packaging, structural analysis, and/or environmental test of RF systems or subsystems 
  • Incorporation of lessons learned and experiences in design/analysis, innovative thinking, and familiarity with the state-of-the-art 
  • Communication & information flow to project team and functional homeroom management, as well as fulfilling reporting requirements to customer & program management 
  • Identifying and realizing opportunities to reduce cost and improve processes 
  • Develop advanced technology concepts and guides development into a final product 
  • Serving as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs. Acts as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications. 

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 position’s 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.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field from an accredited institution and 5 years of Engineering experience 
  • 2 years of leadership experience 
  • Knowledge of the design, development and/or testing of antennas for space applications 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in a STEM field  
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of antenna hardware, related tools and verification methodologies required  
  • Recognition as Mechanical Engineering Subject Matter Expert 
  • Active, In-scope DoD Top Secret w/ SCI clearance 




Salary Range: $147,800 USD - $221,800 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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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.