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Principal Thermal Cost Account Manager 3 / Sr Principal Thermal Cost Account Manager 4 – Tactical Space Systems

Requisition ID: R10100434

  • CategoryCategory: Program Management
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

We are seeking a Thermal Engineering (TCS) Cost Account Manager (CAM) within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs designed to further Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) in Low Earth Orbit and beyond to the Moon and Mars.

This position may be performed in Dulles, VA, Gilbert, AZ, or Houston, Texas. We may also offer candidates the ability to telecommute.

The TCS CAM is responsible for working on a multi-disciplined team of engineers to manage costs and schedule for the design, integration, analysis, production, test and operation of thermal engineering design for manned spacecraft systems.

The TCS CAM’s duties include supporting TCS deliverables as part of an Integrated Team for various programs, following the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements of for flight program deliverables.  The CAM will be responsible for working with engineering, materials, planners, and procurement, creating estimates, tracking receiving and payments to vendors, supporting technical reviews, tracking labor, and processing budget change requests among other duties.

The TCS CAM position is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to work closely with engineering to manage planning and accounting duties with regards to Space craft and/or Mission design. Candidates must be comfortable working on a dynamic program and able to recognize and mitigate supplier or subcontractor issues while ensuring their assigned program is operating within budget and on schedule.


  • Provide support to all or select programs for the TCS Functional teams
  • Provide cost management assistance to assigned program 
  • Technical management of subcontracted program elements
  • Support contractual space segment technical reviews
  • Write status and technical performance reviews and variance reports

This position may be filled at the Principal or Senior Principal Level, based on qualifications listed below.


This requisition may be filled at either a Principal or Senior Principal level.

Basic Requirements for Principal Technical Project Manager 3:

  • Bachelors Degree with a minimum of 5 years of industry experience; MS Degree with 3 years of industry experience; or a PhD.

Basic Requirements for Senior Principal Technical Project Manager 4:

  • Bachelors Degree with a minimum with a minimum of 9 years of industry experience; Or MS Degree with 7 years of industry experience; or a PhD with 4 years of experience.

Remaining Basic Qualifications for Principal and Senior Principal Technical Project Manager (continued):

  • Experience working in Project Management or as a Project Lead
  • Experience supporting labor, materials, and subcontractor planning and budgets.
  • Experience developing with budget change requests and variance reporting.
  • Experience interfacing with and managing subcontractors.
  • Experience working with aerospace hardware.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of thermal engineering designs within a space environment.
  • Ability to support identification and mitigation of program level risks relating to thermal engineering design
  • Willingness to take initiative to identify program needs and create actionable plans.
  • US Citizenship is required for this position

Preferred Qualifications for Principal and Senior Principal Technical Project Manager:

  • Experience with thermal Hardware
  • Comfortable in establishing/supporting new processes through program flow downs.
  • Experience in aerospace hardware design, integration, and testing.

Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $129,700 USD - $194,500 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.