Sr Staff Chief EngineerNorthridge, CA

Requisition ID: R10162603

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: Northridge, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions 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.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is looking for you to join our Advanced Weapons Business Unit as the Sr. Staff Chief Engineer of Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) program. This position will report to the Advanced Weapons Business Unit Director of Engineering and is a full-time onsite position in Northridge, CA. As a Sr. Staff Chief Engineer at Northrop Grumman, you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. We continue to evolve in how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter. Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation.

This role will serve as the definitive technical authority for all aspects of engineering on all program elements (systems engineering/software/support/test) and leads a multi-disciplined team managing the technical performance of the program meeting cost and schedule requirements including subcontracted elements.

Typical Responsibilities Include:

  • Ownership of the technical baseline and oversees technical activities across multiple contracts within the AARGM Program

  • Maintain cognizance over technical activities within and across contracts for requirements development, hardware/software design, integration, and verification/validation activities.

  • Solve technical problems and provides solutions that are technically sound and programmatically executable.

  • Provides technical leadership, direction and mentoring to other technical employees in the application of systems engineering principles, tools, and techniques to achieve practical end results.

  • Chair technical meetings such as requirements reviews, design reviews, and readiness reviews.​

  • Facilitate technical support, review, and approval of engineering documents and drawings.

  • Support program reviews as an engineering review authority, and assist in resolution of program engineering challenges (technical, financial, and staffing)

  • Drive process development, continuous improvement, and affordability initiatives

  • Ensures that the program is adhering to sound engineering processes in the development, test, and sustainment of products for our customers and is compliant with company policies, procedures, and quality standards.

  • Support assessment of cost and schedule impacts of technical decisions

  • Be the technical liaison to the program manager to ensure successful execution to project budgets and schedules.

  • Support the program manager in risk and opportunity management by identifying and owning risks associated with system performance.

  • Interface with functional departments to secure team staffing

  • Work with suppliers and be able to articulate project requirements.

  • Brief internal and customer leadership on progress of work assigned.

  • Act as customer interface for all technical and execution matters related to AARGM Program activity.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or STEM-related discipline with 17 years of experience, or 15 years with a master’s degree and 9 years of experience with a Ph.D.

  • Demonstrated technical leadership skills, decisiveness, and ability to make sound technical judgments with limited information.

  • Well-versed, skilled, and disciplined in system engineering processes

  • Experience leading design, production, and integration of complex systems

  • Background in aerospace systems; working knowledge of aircraft systems, missile systems, avionics, software systems, and their design drivers.

  • Candidate must have good communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and good oral and written presentation skills.

  • **Must have an active DoD Secret clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as technical lead, Integrated Product Team Lead, or other leadership role in a program office or business function with demonstrated team building, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to formally present technical solutions to senior leadership.

  • Experience in Air-to-Air weapon systems development

  • Experience in hardware/software integration of embedded systems

  • Working knowledge of missile propulsion systems

  • Experience directly managing or leading engineering teams

*Living in Northridge offers a perfect combination of urban living with the beauty of nature. It is a short drive away from downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, or the rest of the San Fernando Valley.

Take advantage of your flexible work schedule to enjoy shopping at the local Northridge Fashion Center or spend time at the local Recreation Center as well as easy access to nearby protected natural areas such as the Chatsworth Reservoir, the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, Lake Balboa or within driving distance, spend a day at the beach or snow ski at our local mountains. With Cal State Northridge right in the heart of town, the area has an active college-town energy combined with family-friendly suburban charm. The stunning southern California climate makes for year-round easy living. With an average of 284 sunny days during the year, it is safe to say you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor activities to the fullest.


Salary Range: $183,100 - $274,700

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.