Manager 2, Mechanical Engineering - Structural Design/Analysis 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 System s sector has an opening for a Manager 2, Mechanical Engineering - Structural Design/Analysis for the Palmdale Special Programs Vehicle Engineering organization, reporting to the Vehicle Engineering Department Manager in Palmdale, CA .

In this role, you will lead a cross functional Vehicle Engineering (VE) team of structural design, electrical design, and structural analysis engineers and be responsible for leading all relevant managerial tasks. Technical statement of work may be geared towards Design or Analysis based on the selected candidate.

Approximately 20% of the role will be performing functional homeroom duties such as attending functional staff meetings, management of personnel (performance reviews, direction & coaching), and coordination of job assignments, staffing, and recruiting. These responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership and direction to section members including day-to-day support for the operation of the functional organization

  • Ensuring team members have sufficient statements of work

  • Managing employee performance (including engagement strategies for higher performers and corrective actions for lower performers)

  • Coordinating with programs to ensure appropriate staffing actions are developed and executed relative to the section

  • Ensuring employees are familiar with and use required engineering processes and tools

  • Resolving critical/urgent program/technical issues

  • Supporting relevant VE Northrop Grumman Aeronautical Systems Community of Practice is expected

The remaining time (approx. 80%) will be spent in the Design and/or Analysis Engineering disciplines, based on candidate experience, and as directed by the Vehicle Engineering program IPT Lead. You will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, and facilitating communications, tasking, scheduling, and technical reviews with each individual contributor's execution lead in Palmdale, CA. These responsibilities may include:

Structural Analysis Responsibilities:

  • Understanding of the requirements and methods of analyzing composite and metallic structures to determine structural viability that leads to certification

  • Perform structural analysis including static, dynamics, stability, and damage tolerance analysis

  • Build Finite Element Models (FEMs) using CAD geometry, meshing, and running solutions

  • Able to manipulate large scale finite element models

  • Document structural analysis methods and implementation using calculation aids and propose new methods depending on the needs of the project

  • Compute margins using appropriate analysis methods

  • Able to support material review board (MRB) and nonconformance to ensure we have sound structural substantiation

  • Solid understanding and background in loads development, preliminary and detailed design, static analysis, FEM, D&DT, fatigue, bolted and bonded interfaces, repair, structural test, and in-service mods, repairs and extensions

  • Lead root cause and corrective action requirement analysis

Structural Design Responsibilities:

  • Designs major components or major portions of a functional system to develop or improve products and facilitate manufacturing operations.

  • Develops basic data and makes preliminary layouts, sketches, and notes necessary to present design proposal

  • Investigates pertinent design factors such as ease of manufacture, availability of materials and equipment, interchangeability, replaceability, strength-weight efficiency, and contractual specification requirements and cost

  • Coordinates with other organizations affected by design development.

  • Creates layouts of complex assemblies and details parts of devices, mechanisms, and structures

  • Checks completed layouts and drawings for clarity, completeness, conformity to standards, procedures, specifications, and accuracy of calculations and dimensioning

  • Identifies design errors, omissions, and other deficiencies, and recommends revisions and/or improvements in design layout to responsible engineers or designers

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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 9 years of related professional/military experience; OR a Master's degree in a relevant STEM discipline with 7 years of related professional/military experience

  • Experience in the vehicle engineering field of structural design and/or analysis

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret and Special Access Program (SAP) clearance prior to the commencement of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil Engineering or other similar engineering discipline

  • Experience with structural analysis methods (classical/Finite Element) and tools (NASTRAN, FEMAP)

  • Experience with structural building block test methods (detail, coupon, component)

  • Experience in a vehicle subsystems field, such as structure design and analysis, and/or material & process

  • Experience in a technical leadership or management role

  • Experience with Build to Print (BTP) development, applicable notes, Bill of Materials (BOM), and sign-off process

  • Experience with CPLM, Teamcenter, CATIA, NX-CAD, and/or similar CAD packages

  • Experience with Staffing Forecasting

  • Experience leading an engineering team within a fast-paced environment

  • Experience with manufacturing and/or flight test processes

  • Experience working Special Access Programs

  • Current, in-scope Secret clearance or higher

Salary Range: $134,600 - $201,800

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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