Northrop Grumman Production Flight Operations Engineering Manager 2 in Palmdale, California

In the sea, land, air and space, Northrop Grumman is a recognized leader in autonomous systems. The depth and breadth of our platforms and technologies portfolio, such as Globalhawk,Triton and NATO AGSprovide customers with a wide range of capabilities. Autonomous systems operate in areas where manned vehicles cannot, allow for prolonged missions, and help reduce risk to both national security and human lives.

The Cross Programs Production Test integrated program team requires a Flight Operations Manager to orchestrate flight acceptance and production testing. This position requires an individual with a strong background in flight operations to oversee acceptance testing of Palmdale Cross Programs air vehicles, manages the flight crew schedule, interfaces daily with mission planning and NG Flight Test Operations. This position must coordinate Palmdale production operations, to include creating and maintaining flight publications accounts, requisition of required equipment, writing Palmdale-specific contractor procedures and maintaining pilot documents and manuals required for flight operations. This manager directly interfaces with the Government Flight Representative (GFR) and is the POC for required Aircraft Operating Inspections.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Daily support of aircraft and ground shelter testing

  • Managing the daily operations of Cross Programs pilots, sensor operators, flight test engineersand operations schedulers

  • Coordinating with chase aircraft and pilot requirements

This position will also fill the Section Manager role for Palmdale-based Cross Programs UAS pilots.

To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our " Selecting the Best Qualified Managers video: at SQMVideo at


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math discipline (STEM)

  • Minimum of 5 years combined experience in any of the following: Flight Operations, Pilot, Flight Instructor, or Flight Test experience- -Active DoD Secret or Top Secret Clearance with full investigation within the last six years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 9 years experience in aerospace preferred

  • Current active FAA ClassII medicalcertificate

  • UAS flight test experience

  • Masters Degree preferred

  • Current and qualified Q-4 series UAS Pilot

  • Q-4 seriesaircraft flight test experience

  • Military Instructor Pilot experience

  • Manned aircraft flight test experience

  • DoD Top Secret clearance

-2 years leadership experience either leading projects or teams

-500 hours as Pilot In Command (PIC)

  • Active Commercial Pilot License with single engine land and instrument ratings

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.