Principal / Senior Principal Test Conductor – Mission Planner (Flight Test)​Palmdale, CA

Requisition ID: R10145586

  • Category: Mission and Quality Assurance

  • Location: Palmdale, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal / Senior Principal Test Conductor – Mission Planner (Flight Test)​ to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Evaluation organization. This role is located in Palmdale, CA.

This requisition may be filled at the Principal OR Sr. Principal level based on qualifications, below

In this role, you will serve as a principal subject matter focal point between maintenance, design engineering, and the test team - contractor and customer. Individual must be able to work under only general direction to determine and develop approaches to solutions; must be able to work both within a team environment and independently; must be self-motivated, thorough, and detailed; and must be willing to learn additional test discipline areas.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create test article mission plans and routing for various developmental efforts

  • Provide pre/post mission support planning and documentation, supporting appropriate decisions regarding safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.

  • Review and evaluate test requirements to ensure completeness/feasibility and adequacy of test program.

  • Provide laboratory support for integration testing.

  • Interface with test article/software design and analysis teams to define test configuration and data requirements.

  • Support test card development and review in collaboration with various engineering disciplines and test operations personnel.

  • Support test readiness reviews, and pre/post-test briefings.

  • Support test planning working groups as needed.

  • Conduct and contributes to pre and post-test data analyses to support anomaly identification and resolution. Maintains metrics on status of testing and constraints.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and relevant industry mission planning software

  • Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work may occasionally be required

We offer flexible work arrangements, 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.

Basic Qualifications (Principal):

  • Must have a Bachelor of Science degree AND 5 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in operations, flight test and/or training environment OR a Master of Science degree AND 3 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in operations, flight test and/or training environment OR a Ph.D. AND 0 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in operations, flight test and/or training environment

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

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret/SCI clearance prior to the commencement of employment

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

  • Must have the ability and be willing to work overtime, odd shifts, and weekends as required by the company

Basic Qualifications (Senior Principal):

  • Must have a Bachelor of Science degree AND 9 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in operations, flight test and/or training environment OR a Master of Science degree AND 7 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in operations, flight test and/or training environment OR a Ph.D. AND 4 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in operations, flight test and/or training environment

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

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret/SCI clearance prior to the commencement of employment ​

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

  • Must have the ability and be willing to work overtime, odd shifts, and weekends as required by the company

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with mission planning, execution, and debriefing

  • Active, in-scope Top Secret/SCI clearance

  • STEM degree preferred.

  • Experience with mission planning tools i.e. JMPS, PFPS, AFMSS.

  • Experience with mission planning development/testing during a new aircraft developmental test program.

  • Experience as a US Air Force Pilot/Navigator/Mission Planner, US Navy or USMC Naval Flight Officer (NFO), or equivalent (Intelligence support to flight operations considered).

  • FAA rating desired but not required.

Salary Range: $97,500 - $146,300

Salary Range 2: $120,900 - $181,300

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.