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Avionics Engineering Manager 3 – Space / Satellite Systems (Gilbert, AZ or Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10111484

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Dulles, VA, USA   |  Gilbert, AZ, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Any (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.

The Manager for Avionics Engineering is a leader of an engineering organization that employs multi-disciplined engineering resources, tools, and processes to support the specification, design, implementation, verification, validation and delivery of spacecraft related avionics products and systems.  Hybrid work is acceptable, but full time remote work will not be an option.

The Manager of Avionics Engineering reports to and works alongside the Director of Electrical/RF Engineering and is a key member of the Engineering leadership team, working side-by-side with Operations, and Program and Business Area Managers.

For this position, you must have a proven track record in leading engineering organizations and have a breadth of experience that includes technical leadership and project management, as well as broad technical exposure to the design, production and testing of complex avionics solutions.


  • Responsible and accountable for technical, schedule and cost performance in the delivery of all non-flight and flight avionics solutions to programs. Provide Avionics oversight by engaging in
    • Proposal Development (including review and approval of Technical, Cost, Schedule baselines)
    • Engineering Review Board and CCBs
    • Technical peer and readiness reviews
    • Lessons Learned and, Corrective and Preventative Actions
    • Continuous Improvement
    • IRAD Management
  • Assist the Director by providing direction and leadership to the Electrical Engineering directorate and electrical engineering management team with ultimate responsibility for:
    • Employee Allocation, Utilization Planning, and Assignments
    • Recruiting
    • Training
    • Career Development and Professional Growth
    • Personnel Communications
    • Software Tools, Computers
    • Facilities and Equipment Infrastructure Support
    • Performance Evaluations
    • Salary Management
    • Proposal Support, Review and Approval
    • Overhead and Capital Budget Management
    • Strategic Planning
    • Risk Management
    • Technical Standards and Engineering Processes
    • Increase Product Line Competitiveness through innovative and paradigm changing solutions in technology, cost, schedule, and mission designs


  • Strong leadership skills, positive attitude, strong work ethic
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, environment
  • Ability to think creatively and encourage innovation
  • Highly skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective action
  • Respectful of the views of others and diplomatic in handling difficult situations
  • Demonstrated ability to think clearly and act proactively in stressful situations
  • Decisive with the ability to weigh the positives and negatives of each decision
  • Ability to effectively lead, train, mentor and develop Electrical Engineering professionals in all career phases
  • A strong engineering background with excellent organizational and communications skills
  • A view towards continuous improvement
  • Ability to build effective relationships with company senior management and internal stakeholders
  • Strong leadership style and excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with 10 years of digital/analog electronics design and FPGA development experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience as a technical leader or manager of a significant electrical engineering effort
  • Ability to perform requirements flow down from system level to component and circuit card-level level specifications
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex avionics designs. You must have experience and understanding of basic analyses such as worst case and parts stress
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and troubleshoot complex electrical systems and process related issues. Ability to manage major failure review boards to successful completion in a timely fashion
  • Ability to oversee projects effectively and to take personal responsibility for their completion on schedule and within budget
  • Ability to gather data from multiple sources and summarize key issues at the executive level


  • Understanding how radiation affects piece part and circuit-level performance
  • Top Secret Clearance is preferred

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.





Space System

NoVASpace / COSpace / AZSpace / LosAngelesSpace









This position reports to Dulles, VA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Gilbert, AZ, AZ, USA.

Salary Range: $152,100 USD - $228,100 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.