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Sentinel (GBSD)Test Safety and Control Manager 2 – 9809

Requisition ID: R10110248

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • 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.

  • Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.   


    Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Test Safety and Control Manager 2.  This position will be located at Vandenberg AFB in California and will support the Sentinel (GBSD) program.  This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package.  

    Candidate will be the manager and technical lead for the Sentinel Flight Test Operations Center and codes operations teams.  This will include advising program management on the best courses of action for proper and timely dispatch of engineers for all launch facility maintenance and operations.  Will control all codes operations associated with Sentinel weapon system, to include storage, dispatch, and proper installation in order to achieve successful flight test program.  Will be the central hub for all emergency operations, communication, and accountability for Sentinel personnel.  Manage all launch crew personnel, to include human resource support, career pathing and professional development.  Responsible for all funding and resources for all launch crew activities. 


    What You’ll Get To Do:    

  • Manage personnel running Sentinel operations center and keys and codes vault.
  • Ensures command center personnel properly monitor health and status of ICBM launch facilities and launch centers and supporting systems.  
  • Manages accurate configuration records of test equipment worked on, team structures, and annotation of anomalies.  
  • Manage and coordinate consolidated VSFB Sentinel program emergency responses.  
  • Manage operation center personnel responsible for supporting the flight and ground testing at VSFB.
  • Lead teams responsible for 24/7 shifts during flight test preparation and execution.
    Perform duties as a COMSEC custodian and advise leadership on COMSEC security requirements.
  • Manage production, control, issue & recovery of code components critical to Sentinel flight test program.
  • Manage personnel directly responsible for system to generate & verify the accuracy of critical code components.
  • Develops comprehensive procedures and troubleshooting relating to the use of ICBM codes & code systems.
  • Maintain database accounting for all Sentinel test code components, critical components, and codes related support equipment items.

    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.    


    You’ll Bring These Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor of Science (STEM) degree with 6 years of related experience or Masters of Science (STEM) degree with 4 years of related experience.
  • A current DOD Secret clearance.
  • 1+ years of experience leading a project and/or driving performance against schedule
  • US Citizenship with ability to obtain and maintain TS SAP.
  • Willingness to Travel up to 10%.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:  

  • US Citizenship with an Active Top Secret Clearance. (Awarded within the past 5 years)
  • Flight test experience and or/command center experience.
  • Experience with flight test operations in the Aerospace Industry.
  • Experience with Command Post and/or Missile Maintenance Operations Center and/or Codes Vault operations.
  • Proficient in Agile Development practices and the use of applications such as Jira and Confluence.
  • 1 to 2 years of experience as a Control Account Manager managing cost and schedule execution.
  • Manage cost and schedule performance for flight test execution control accounts as a Control Account Manager (CAM), adhering to Earned Value Management principles and processes.

Salary Range: $134,600 USD - $201,800 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.