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Systems Test Engr & Ops Manager 2

Requisition ID: R10090699

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Palmdale, 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, 25% 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 Northrop Grumman Strike Systems Test Organization Team is seeking a Test Engineering & Operations Manager 2 that will be responsible for all facets of Strike Systems Test engineering & operations, including staffing, planning, execution and reporting in multiple technology areas. This position requires a highly motivated and self-starting individual with relevant test operations experience, who will be willing to work additional assignments beyond the defined requirements of this position. This manager will lead and provide functional management for a team of 10-15 system test engineers in a group of flight test disciplines. The candidate will possess an aviation engineering and flight test background with strong technical and leadership skills. This position requires strong communication skills to support wide-ranging executive-level interaction and reporting to the Test Senior Manager. 

Typical duties include (but are NOT limited to):

  • Manage the daily test activities and personnel support, prioritize tasks and oversee the strategic long-term planning of test engineering & operations

  • Manage the daily tasks of the assigned personnel, including Test Engineers, Systems Test Engineers, Operators and support personnel

  • Manage the Test Engineering & Operations including budgets, personnel and resource scheduling as well as program de-confliction.

  • Liaise with the PAICoE Test Operations Functional Homeroom and the Government Flight Representative (GFR) as required for the statement of work

  • Act as the Systems Integration, Test and Evaluation site lead during the execution of test operations

  • Identify all risks, issues, and pressures and develop mitigation and closure plans.

  • Will require (on occasion) flexibility to work additional flight assignments beyond the defined requirements of this position.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Requires a minimum of 9 years of engineering experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering (7 years with a Master’s)

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of relevant test experience with an emphasis on test engineering or operations. 

  • Active DOD Secret clearance, with an investigation date within the past 6 years.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Program Access Request (PAR).

  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance.

  • Must be able to travel as needed, and occasionally work overtime, odd shifts, and weekend as required.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master of Science degree in science, technology, engineering or math.

  • Experience in a developmental/operational test environment 

  • Experience in a Combined Test Force


Salary Range: $134,600 USD - $201,800 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. 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.