Aircraft Maintenance Manager 3 Palmdale, CA

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 Sector (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Ground Maintenance Manager 3 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in support of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) under the test and evaluation (T&E) center. This is a work onsite position located in Palmdale, CA.

The NGAS Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) Systems Test Organization team requires a Level 3 Ground Maintenance Manager responsible for all facets of ATDC ground operations. Day to day responsibilities include management of staffing, managing assignments, coordinating cost and schedule with Program leadership and budgets, and securing parts and materials as necessary. This position requires a highly motivated and self-starting individual with relevant ground test operations experience, who will be willing to work additional assignments beyond the defined requirements of this position, if required.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical products and planning coordination for the Special Projects IPT

  • Lead a team of Managers that control all assets throughout the required test phases

  • Oversee test planning efforts and support working groups with all IPTs associated with testing

  • Ensures test article configurations are accurate and coordinate all test modifications

  • Coordinate with local and remote test facilities or ranges, other Special Project IPTs, subcontractors, and US Government agencies

  • Ensure accurate test article status reporting and provide detailed reports as required to Senior Management

  • Manage organization's test activities and personnel support, prioritize tasks and oversee the strategic long-term planning of test engineering & ground operations

  • Liaise with Functional Homeroom and the Government Ground Representative (GGR) as required

  • Identify all risks, issues, and pressures and develop mitigation and closure plans

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.

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and you model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You develop trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.


  • Must have a Bachelor's degree AND 9 years of test experience in maintenance/leadership experience with an emphasis in ground operations OR a Master's Degree AND 7 years test experience in maintenance/leadership experience with an emphasis in ground operations.

  • Must have the ability to obtain a TS clearance and Program Access

  • Must have an active DOD Secret clearance, with an investigation date within the past 6 years.

  • Must be willing to work non-standard shifts and overtime, as required.

  • Must have flexibility to work additional test assignments within the Program Test IPT beyond the defined requirements of this position.


  • Active DOD Top Secret/ SCI clearance

  • Experience using earned value management systems (EVMS) practices.

Salary Range: $149,400 - $224,000

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.

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.