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Staff Test Pilot – Test and Evaluation

Requisition ID: R10102807

  • CategoryCategory: Flight Operations
  • LocationLocation: Melbourne, FL, 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

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 Test Pilot to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Evaluation organization. Roles available are on the following platforms: E2/G5/C130/KingAir/737. This role is located in Melbourne, FL.

In this role, you will test aircraft to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability. You will also operate models of test aircraft during engineering flight tests, production acceptance, and flight test support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers. In addition, coordinate flight operations efforts, approve cockpit configuration, and may conduct demonstration flights with customers, government officials, or other personnel aboard to exhibit aircraft performance, flying qualities and system.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the other Pilots, Test Conductors, and Flight Test Engineers to ensure sensor test objectives are met during test execution.
  • Work through technical, schedule, and cost constraints to drive safe, efficient, and effective testing
  • Earn and maintain type rating and currency for the specific system under test.
  • Support technical and safety planning, mission planning, test card reviews, test technique development, and test plan reviews
  • Contribute to defining operating limitations, “what-if” documents, test hazard analysis (THAs) and flight readiness reviews
  • Travel and test execution at customer sites and ranges
  • Create or modify operating procedural documentation to support improved flight operations.
  • Support Flight Test Community of Practice with mentorship and lessons learned
  • Promotes aviation safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in flight test operations
  • Overtime, odd shifts and weekend work will occasionally be required.
  • The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor's of Science degree AND 14 years of related professional/military experience, OR a Master’s of Science degree AND 12 years of related professional/military experience, OR a Ph.D. AND 9 years of related professional/military experience
  • Must have at least 1,500 hours as Pilot in Command.
  • Must have commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument Flight rating
  • Must be able to pass FAA Class II physical in order to maintain employment.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance prior to the commencement of employment
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance prior to the commencement of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Operational flight experience in a military aircraft systems and large business-jet aircraft types
  • Current Special Program Access (PAR/SAP)
  • Military Test Pilot School Graduate
  • Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline
  • Recent flight test experience in advanced military aircraft platform
  • In-depth understanding of airworthiness processes and their relationship to aerospace development programs.

Salary Range: $168,200 USD - $252,200 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.