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Mgr Systems Engineering 3 - Vehicle Controls Department Manager

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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Redondo Beach, CA

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Redondo Beach, CA 90277


At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. 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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our


are not only part of history, they’re making history.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is seeking a Vehicle Controls Department Manager to join our Flight Sciences and Vehicle Controls Organization. This position reports to the Director, Flight Sciences and Vehicle Controls.

This position is responsible for providing the people, processes and tools to meet the current and future Vehicle Controls Department (VC) needs of the Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) within Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS).

VC covers the following disciplines and subordinate skills: Control Technology, Autonomy Research and UAV Technology, Aircraft Vehicle Management Systems (VMS), Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC), Space Vehicle Attitude Control Systems (ACS) and Space Vehicle Line of Sight (LOS).

The successful candidate will build a culture that empowers and motivates team performance, and will establish functional shared accountability with the programs and new business pursuits we support.

The Manager of VC shall execute the following charter:

Provide the technical and people leadership needed to establish and maintain a World class VC organization across multiple programs.

Work closely with the programs, senior engineers, and section managers to define and implement the department strategies, ensure successful planning and execution of program activities, solicit and fulfill program staffing needs, set Talent goals and provide performance feedback, support the annual Salary Review Planning process, plan for future program skill mix requirements, mentor and develop the next generation of leadership, serve as focal point for training needs. Manage the

capital assets and indirect budgets required for the AC disciplines to perform their IPT statements of work. Provide functional oversight for VC across NGAS including independent technical reviews of major IPTs. Establish and maintain the VC - specific processes and design manuals for NGAS programs. Facilitate and promote Affordability, Knowledge Management, and other process improvement initiatives including the instantiation of metrics covering engineering efficiency and quality, as well as sharing of lessons learned and best practices throughout the organization. Support the Community of Practice (CoP) for VE disciplines and promote consistency across the Centers of Excellence (CoE) and IPTs in using common tools and processes.

The successful candidate will have:

Anupbeat, pro-active attitude

Strong team-building/collaboration skills

Demonstrated ability to build diverse/inclusive teams with engaged team members

Demonstrated skill in improving team engagement

Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills

Excellent 2-way verbal and written communication skills (upward and downward

Strong technical trouble-shooting skills with demonstrated performance in bringing broader cross-discipline systems engineering thinking to problem solving

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an accredited institution

7 years of experience with strong technical credentials in some combination of the referenced VE

disciplines and subordinate skills

Strong People and Technical Leadership Skills; Experience leading large teams

Knowledge of Staffing, Metrics and Training

Must have proven technical management experience preferably in either program IPT, Advanced Systems, technology, and/or functional environments

Must have experience effectively leading diverse technical teams

Ability to obtain and retain a D.O.D. Top Secret Clearance with SSBI is required.

Ability to maintain SCI clearance is required

Preferred Qualifications:

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited institution

Active D.O.D. Top Secret Clearance with SSBI

Active SCI clearance

Possess technical discipline credibility to provide “backstop� support to programs as required on behalf of team members

Experience with Vehicle Control Technology on both Air and Space Platforms

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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Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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