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Manager Test Pilot Engineering 2

Requisition ID: R10092290

  • CategoryCategory: Flight Operations
  • 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 at Palmdale, CA is seeking a Test Pilot Engineering Manager 2 responsible for all facets of 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 support additional Strike Systems Program requirements beyond the defined requirements of this position, if required.

The Manager 2 will orchestrate ground, integration, developmental, and production testing for Systems Under Test (SUTs). This manager must also possess a strong background in test engineering and operations to oversee and manage communications with the crew schedule, mission planning, test engineering, and the Site Test IPT Lead.  The manager must coordinate operations to include creating and maintaining requisition of required equipment accounts, writing site specific contractor procedures, and maintaining program documents and manuals required for operations. Will also fill the Section Manager role for a team of about 14 direct reports.

In addition, the selected candidate will be responsible for managing personnel, coordinating with ground test engineering and operations, SUT modifications for testing, frequent interaction with Program Engineering, and ensuring cost and schedule performance targets are met. The selected individual must provide Program leadership for test site employees and provide timely resource forecasts to Program Management, assuring that proper staffing is in place to execute Statement of Work. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with internal personnel and external representatives at various management levels concerning operations, and will be responsible for resolving scheduling and resources issues that may arise over the course of the program. The manager will have excellent communication skills, experience with flight-line operational requirements, experience leading test pilot and test engineering personnel.  The selected candidate may be required to support extended shifts, weekends, and holidays as required to maintain program schedule as well as minimal travel to support special tests, as required. The selected candidate will also be responsible for identifying Test Program risks, issues, and pressures and develop mitigation and closure plans.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the Flight Ops Communities of Practice (CoP), other CoPs, working groups, safe and effective summits, and other events and summits as required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree and 9 years of relevant test experience with an emphasis on test engineering and operations; 7 years with a Master's

  • Requires active DoD Secret clearance, with an investigation date within the past 6 years

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain DoD Top Secret clearance

  • Requires the ability to obtain and maintain Program Access (PAR)

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

  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to brief test results/issues to executive leadership

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current active DoD Top Secret clearance with Program PAR(s)

  • BS STEM Degree

  • Instructor Pilot and Evaluator

  • Current Class II FAA Physical

  • Minimum 500 Pilot in Command (PIC) hours and able to maintain currency

  • FAA commercial instrument rated pilot (or military equivalent)

  • Military flight experience, flight test operations, multi-engine rated, FAA single engine commercial rating, aviation instructor experience also preferred

  • Experience working in a CTF environment

  • Experience leading a flight test operations team

  • Military Test Pilot School (TPS) graduate highly desirable

Salary Range: $147,800 USD - $221,800 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

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.