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Manager Systems Engineering 3 – NGP Communications Payload (CPL) Systems Engineering Lead

Requisition ID: R10113150

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Redondo Beach, 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.

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.

Northrop Grumman SSSD has an opening for a Manager Systems Engineering 3 – NGP Communications Payload (CPL) Systems Engineering Lead to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

The NGP CPL SE lead will lead the System Engineering/Integration & test (SEIT) team (>20 heads) developing Communication Payload on the Next Gen Polar OPIR program for two SV's. The Comm Payload consists of protected narrowband and wideband links that utilizes a blend of new NGSS developed hardware, modified heritage comm hardware, and multiple subcontracts.  The SEIT lead will be responsible for architecture, working with thread management, R&V at element and unit level, ICD development with Mission & Auxiliary Payload and S/C, test set development, single string testbed, and SV panel integration & test.  The Comm Payload is identified as critical path for the program with a number of risks that need active risk management. The role requires management of interdisciplinary skills including engineers from SE, E&P, SITE, and SW; developing/mentoring new talent; and requirements/verification of multiple NRE/RE EMs & flight NGAS and subcontracted units for man-made radiation requirements.  The role includes Cost Account Management (>$30M) responsibility of the package post-PDR through CDR in one year, single string testing and flight production after that.

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Basic Qualifications:

- Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution and 9+ years of experience in Engineering (7+ with a MS, 5+ with a PhD)

- Prior experience as a manager or team lead

- Prior experience in Systems Engineer or Hardware development

- Prior leadership and management experience

- Prior experience in cost and schedule management

- Currently possess an Active DoD Secret clearance and is clearable to TS/SCI

Preferred Qualifications:

- Advanced Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)

- Active TS/SCI and SSBI clearance

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Aptitude to develop and execute to a strategy

- Self-directed technical leader with strong verbal and written communication skills

- Prior program management or Integrated Product Team leadership experience

- Knowledge of business and finance


Salary Range: $176,100 USD - $264,100 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.