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Sr Principal Systems Test Engineer (Test Director)

Requisition ID: R10109508

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Patuxent River, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Test Director to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in support of the MQ-4C Triton program test activities. This position will be located at NAS (Naval Air Station) Patuxent River, MD.


The MQ-4C Triton test team has an opening for a Test Director (TD) to conduct developmental ground and flight tests. This individual will synthesize customer contractual needs and requirements into air vehicle and mission systems test solutions that acknowledges technical, schedule and cost constraints. As a key member of the Triton Integrated Test Team, they interface with the customer to develop, prepare, and modify comprehensive test plans, flight profiles and test cards. They coordinate schedules and resources for completing ground and flight tests. They will integrate tests and develop strategies to improve test efficiency.


The TD reviews and evaluates test requirements to insure completeness of the test program. They perform technical analysis of complete systems and prepare comprehensive system level evaluations. They document test results in Test Director notes and post test reports.


Additional duties include supporting Contractor Lead Test Engineer, and representing NGC during Multi-INT capability testing discussions.  EW/SIGINT experience desired. Will work with customer to prepare amendments to test plans, and flight clearances.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Education/Experience: 9 years with a Bachelors degree in science/engineering/math; 7 with a Masters; 4 with a PhD.
  • Must have experience as a test conductor/director or flight test aircrew.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills as well as oral/written communication skills are required.
  • Must have a Secret security clearance and be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include extended shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to work plane side both indoors and outside. 
  • The ability to obtain and retain a Program Security Clearance is required as a condition of employment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • SIGINT/ESM/RADAR/EOIR fight test experience desired.
  • Test Pilot School graduate and/or operational flight/flight test experience desired.  
  • DOD Top Secret clearance and the ability to obtain and retain a SAP clearance.



Salary Range: $117,700 USD - $176,500 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.