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Staff Vehicle Performance & Sizing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10108678

  • 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
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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 has an opening for a Staff Vehicle Performance & Sizing Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA. This candidate will serve as a lead or primary engineer in Aircraft Vehicle Performance and Sizing to conduct preliminary design synthesis and analysis of advanced manned and unmanned air vehicles, while demonstrating technical expertise and knowledge of other related aircraft design disciplines. Tasks include leading or serving as primary focal for takeoff/landing, mission and point performance, vehicle sizing and optimization, trajectory optimization, characteristics of candidate aircraft designs, as well as design synthesis of vehicles to meet operational requirements.


This candidate will conduct vehicle sizing and performance trade studies, to define and evaluate advanced concepts, identify technology requirements, perform parametric trade studies and provide design guidance to the other team disciplines.  Competitive vehicle performance assessments of current U.S. and foreign inventory designs may also be required, as well as flight test data analysis and correlations to performance models.  They will develop technical solutions to various problems, which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. The candidate will be required to interact and brief external customers, as well as serve as a technical lead. Candidate will support vehicle performance and sizing analysis for vehicle programs from government organizations such as Air Force, Navy, NASA, DARPA and others.  Candidate will provide analysis, guide design teams to execute program goals, support proposal and business development activities. Strong interest in Multi-disciplined optimization methods is preferred. Experience with MATLAB/Python, Linux and Fortran, as well as a strong interest in computational methods is desirable.

Basic Qualifications for Staff Engineer level:

  • Strong understanding of Aircraft Vehicle Performance and Sizing analysis and design

  • Ability to lead a team of engineers

  • 14+ years experience in a related STEM field with a Bachelors or;

  • 12+ years experience in a related STEM field with a Masters or;

  • 9+ years experience in a related STEM field with a PhD

  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Clearance prior to start

  • Ability to obtain Special Access Program clearances

  • B.S in STEM or related field

  • Experience with MATLAB, Python, C++, ModelCenter, OpenMDAO, Linux and/or FORTRAN

  • Organization and leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • In Scope DOD Top Secret Clearance with Special Access Clearances

  • Experience in Multi-Disciplined Optimization Methods

  • Strong code development experience

  • Excellent organization and leadership skills

Salary Range: $161,000 USD - $241,400 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.