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Test Engineering Manager 2 – Space/ Satellite Systems (Gilbert, AZ)

Requisition ID: R10112076

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (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.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems Division is seeking to fill the Hardware Test Engineering Manager position, located in Gilbert, AZ, which will be a Manager Level 2 (S02) position for the Test Engineering Organization under the RF/EE Directorate.

In this role, you will oversee the Test Engineering organization at the Gilbert, AZ facility.  You will apply your electrical test, troubleshooting, and leadership skills in a dynamic environment. You will collaborate with various disciplines, such as Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE), Design Engineering and Manufacturing, and all levels of personnel throughout all phases of Avionics Testing (i.e., Test Planning, Test Documentation Preparation, Test Execution, Data Review and Test Report Preparation and Presentation).

To be successful, you must be a motivated, driven individual with excellent communication skills and possess the ability to lead, mentor, and motivate the Gilbert team of Test Engineers. You will need strong analytical and diagnostic skills.

You will oversee a team of Test Engineers to perform the following:

  • Work closely with the Design Engineer to ensure that performance requirements are well defined and understood to ensure successful EGSE development
  • Generate Test Plans and Test Procedures in the support of the EGSE design team in the HW and SW development to ensure Component Compliance to the test specifications
  • Help define EGSE Requirements and Implementation
  • Provide guidance and oversight, if not actually performing the test and debug of flight and non-flight Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) and/or Box under test which requires experience in defining test parameters, interpreting test results, and analyzing test trends and provides leadership in the area of testing
  • Provide Problem Solving Expertise and capability to mentor the team in problem solving skill
  • Participate in Avionic MRR, PDR, CDR, TRR reviews as required
  • Support Failure Review Board (FRB)s, Root Cause and Corrective Action (RCCA) investigations, deep dives, and pre-milestone reviews
  • Supporting Functional initiatives and projects, which includes but is not limited to process improvements, corrective and preventive action implementation, and safety initiatives
  • Support Cross Functional, Cross Division, and Community of Practice collaborative efforts
  • Develop/Support business proposal efforts and cost estimates for the department

Additionally, you will:

  • Report directly to the Dulles Test Engineering Sr. Manager and is Delegate of Authority in their absence
  • Manage day-to-day Avionics test and troubleshooting activities for the Gilbert facility
    • Help set Testing / Troubleshooting priorities as required
    • Facilitate daily Cross Program Coordination Meetings
    • Provide daily status, escalations & awareness to upper management
    • Reviewing Avionic card and/or Box performance during test and driving for continuous improvement
  • Participate in design reviews of CTE/ATE, with the emphasis of testability
  • Coordinate support plans for test activities
  • Attend and participate in the daily manufacturing meetings
  • Provide inputs for Mid-Term and Year-End Performance Appraisals
  • Review and approve timesheets

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline along with 9 years of relevant experience, and/or Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline with 7 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in Hardware Design, Test/Troubleshooting
  • Ability to read and understand schematics for electronic equipment and electrical circuitry
  • Leadership or Management experience
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret Clearance and Special Program access within a reasonable period, as determined by the company to meet its business needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience in leading a small team
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Self-motivated and able to effectively work in small teams
  • Power regulation, distribution and switching
  • Analog signal conditioning and processing
  • Interface with CTE/ATE using LabVIEW, Test Stand and scripting software
  • Familiar with high speed serial interface protocol (TCPIP, SPACEWIRE, LVDS, RS422/485, 1553)
  • Grounding and signal preservation techniques
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office tools, Excel, and Power Point
  • Continuous improvement in areas of test fidelity and test yield
  • Able to execute non-standard scenarios within Automated Test Software and test applications
  • Operate electronic lab equipment for debug and troubleshooting

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $127,700 USD - $191,500 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.