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Consulting Mission Operations Chief Engineer – Top Secret/SCI Clearance Required

Requisition ID: R10110851

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • 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 Space Systems is seeking a Mission Operations Chief Engineer. The Chief Engineer is the responsible authority for program technical efforts.  The candidate will be responsible for the overall technical effort, leads design reviews, supports technical review boards, supports change boards, coordinates cross-contract technical efforts, and closes top issues for program management. The Chief Engineer reports to the program manager and coordinates with the integrated product team leads, customer, and external stakeholders.


The candidate is expected to be highly knowledgeable in the challenges, technologies, and solutions that address our space systems, ground systems, and mission operations.  The ideal candidate will have had previous direct experience in the development, integration, delivery, operations, and maintenance of the program.  Since programmatic aspects always come into play in the development and execution of technical solutions, it is important that the candidate have previous direct experience with cost, schedule, and technical baseline management through all program phases:  proposal, design, build, test, delivery, and operations.


Position has high visibility and requires excellent communication skills, proven leadership skills, the ability to multi-task and prioritize objectives to support critical efforts, and the technical aptitude to perform operations related analysis and technical decision making.  Regular collaboration with government and contractor stakeholders across diverse geographic locations and multiple contracts is required.


The program is based in Redondo Beach, CA, with required travel domestically and internationally.


Basic Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline with 20+ years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline with 18+ years of engineering experience OR PhD Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline with 15+ years of engineering experience 

-Minimum 10 years of experience in Space Systems, Ground Systems, or Systems Engineering.

-Ability to effectively interface with program leadership, functional management, customers, and technical subject matter experts

-Experience leading multi-disciplinary technical teams

-Must have US Citizenship with active or current TS/SCI Clearance


Preferred Qualifications:

-Master’s Degree OR PhD in Engineering

-Domain expertise with spacecraft or space systems

-Experience in developing, managing, and decomposing requirements

-Strong People and Technical Leadership Skills

-Excellent communication skills (upward and downward)

Salary Range: $198,500 USD - $297,700 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.