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Manager Software Engineering 1

Requisition ID: R10112249

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Aurora, CO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, and 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.


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. #definingpossible

Northrop Grumman Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) Division in Aurora, CO seeks a highly motivated individual to manage and develop early career engineers. This manager will have approximately 30 direct reports and will be part of a larger team of managers for the Aurora campus. The direct reports will span technical areas such as software development, database administration, network engineers, and systems administrators.  Sound engineering experience as well as a passion for mentoring and developing employees are a must.

This person will report into the Software and Digital Engineering Department Manager for specific engineering discipline area and will not have direct program assignments.  This position is contingent on funding due to anticipated organizational growth.

Responsibilities include:

  • Day-to-day communications , compensation reviews, career counseling and mentoring, professional development, employee rewards and recognition and resolving personnel issues for assigned staff.
  • Lead team in completing all corporate requirements completely and on time to include: Goal Setting, Midyear Feedback and End of Year Performance Reviews.
  • Provide staffing support to programs and other initiatives across the Aurora campus.
  • Collaborate with other Section Managers and Department Manager to ensure a common approach to engineering leadership is established.
  • Provide status to or consult with Department Manager regarding assigned staff, including performance, engagement, compensation, recognition, training, staffing, employee relations and other items.
  • Responsible for staffing, to include the re-assignment of current staff, bringing in NG staff from outside of the Aurora area and hiring new employees.
  • Collaborate with HRBP in support of assigned staff, including performance, compensation, engagement, employee relations, short-term disability, staffing requisitions and offers, employee mobility and other activities.
  • Monthly 1:1s with individuals to ensure bi-lateral communications are established to focus on the needs and aspirations of the employee.
  • Monthly staff meetings to keep all informed of current events and to allow for networking and team building.

In addition, a strong focus on early career development to include:

  • Understanding and expertise on the Pathways program, partnering with Division Early Career Talent (ECT) Leadership
  • Professional and technical development training opportunities targeted for early career.
  • Coaching and mentoring on career development.
  • Organize 1:1s, skip levels and other engagement opportunities with senior and executive leadership.
  • Learn and educate others on employee rotational programs by partnering with Division Early Career Talent (ECT) Lead and other support organizations that offer targeted opportunities for rotations.
  • Identify site openings for Pathways rotations and work to closure.
  • Partnership with University Relations & Recruiting for attracting new talent for internship and fulltime opportunities to include participating in recruiting, interviews, and selection.
  • Help organize and implement summer intern engagement activities.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline with 5+ years of engineering experience OR Master's degree in a STEM discipline with 3+ years of engineering experience in one of the related disciplines:  Software Engineering, Network Engineering, Database Administration, or Linux/Windows systems administration.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) required, and the ideal candidate will have demonstrated success collaborating and leading technical teams.
  • Ability to provide career development guidance to new college graduates throughout the first 3 years of their career
  • Candidate will have a track record as an effective communicator and problem solver who is able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. This candidate will demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business.
  • Candidate must pass a Security pre-screen and be eligible to obtain DoD Top Secret clearance and SCI access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7 years experience (with STEM BS degree) or 5 years experience (with STEM MS degree) in either Software Engineering, Network Engineering, Database Administration, or Linux/Windows systems administration.
  • Current experience as a team lead or direct manager of people.
  • Ability to effectively interface with other Engineering and Production disciplines across the Business Unit as well as Programs.
  • Experience with providing career development guidance to junior employees
  • ACTIVE TS clearance or SCI access.

Salary Range: $117,600 USD - $176,400 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.