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Manager of Engineering

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Northrop Grumman Corporation

East Hartford, CT

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East Hartford, CT 06108


AOA Xinetics (AOX) is seeking a dynamic Engineering Manager for its Special Business Area located in East Hartford, CT. Celebrating 40 years of evolving light, AOA Xinetics, part of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Products business unit is a leader in developing challenging, mission critical electro-optical and opto-mechanical systems. Across its three Business Areas (Xinetics, Image Metrology and Proprietary), AOA Xinetic designs, manufactures and services optical & photonic solutions world-wide for both the industrial and government markets.

Since its inception, AOA Xinetics has been providing customers with the highest quality products and services. AOA Xinetics customers are the U.S. Government, industrial customers, as well as U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGAS's business initiatives.

The Engineering Manager will work with other engineering managers across the three business areas to develop and enhance critical technical capabilities that drive our businesses. The successful candidate will work closely with their direct reports and business area leaders to develop engineering talent, tools, and processes, while also working closely with peer departments in manufacturing, quality, and program management. The Engineering Manager will be responsible for delivering value across engineering disciplines in a team oriented and customer focused environment.

The Engineering Manager will report directly to the AOA Xinetics Business Area Manager. This position provides a broad, exciting leadership opportunity in a high-growth, strategically important businesses for NGAS. We are looking for a successful leader with exceptional people skills, one who is valued by employees and customers alike. Our ideal candidate has developed teams, can influence and motivate them to perform at higher levels, has excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills; must be highly influential in conversation and have a record of collaborative approach with peers/peer organizations. Specifically, the details of the position are the following:

Position Description:

Manage the engineering activities within the Special Programs Business Area and report directly to the Special Programs Business Area Manager

Manage the engineering functional group managers

Work closely with program managers, the manager of the technology, and the BAM to support the current programs and program captures

Will be an individual contributor to programs with regards to the engineering discipline consistent with the candidates primary area of expertise

Engage with internal and external customers, addressing complex and difficult technical issues and developing practical product solutions

Recruit, mentor, and train subordinate staff members in design practices and process engineering procedures

Create, develop, and recommend changes in staffing, equipment, and procedures that enhanced the engineering standards and processes

Initiate and develop configuration management standards and technical procedures

Work closely with and collaborate with the Business Area Manager, Program Managers and other technical personnel on quotes, proposals and responses to customer technical inquiries. Include technical and resource analysis of RFP’s and SOW’s as well as identifying risks and appropriate risk mitigation strategies

Resolve escalated issues arising from operations which may require coordination with other managers

Works closely with AOA Xinetics leadership and compliance functions to ensure full compliance with Division, Corporate, and government policies

Working Environment & Physical Demands:

Position is located in the AOX East Hartford facility

Travel a few times a year to customer locations to support design and program reviews

Basic Qualifications:

B.S. degree in Engineering and 10 years of experience in a science or engineering discipline

significant history of technical achievements along with demonstrated successes in engineering supervisory or project management roles

Possess leadership skills to develop, organize and execute engineering activities, including building teams, and assessing technical performance

Has a history of developing and managing engineering processes and standards; coordinating engineering services, infrastructure and tools; and planning and development of engineering budgets and staffing

Strong critical thinking and logical reasoning skills and the ability to apply them to solve issues and predict potential technical risks

Conducts business with impeccable ethics; leads by example and fosters ethical behavior at all times

Have experience recruiting engineering talent

Possess superior analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to gain internal support, operate independently with limited supervision and feedback, and the ability to establish a solid working relationship with technical staff, division managers, and peers in the business areas

Preferred Qualifications:

MS degree and/or PhD in an engineering or scientific discipline.

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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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