Survivability Section Manager 2Palmdale, 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.

At Northrop Grumman, we Define Possible. We are a passionate community of engineers and leaders, a creative community of scientists and researchers, a diverse community of human beings, all driven to pioneer the future. And in Survivability, that future is bright… Or, from the enemy's perspective, it is as dark as the cover of a moonless night.

Now, imagine sitting in a stadium, or outside at a parade, and the next generation of Stealth Technology flies overhead, drawing a roar of admiration from the crowd. Imagine being able to turn to the person next to you and saying "I had a hand in that." At Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems and in Survivability Engineering, that could be Your Possible. We are tasked with developing, testing, and implementing new materials, technologies, and concepts, that enable the most lethal, intelligent, and collaborative systems to penetrate and operate in enemy airspace with impunity. We work hand in hand with a broad swath of other engineering disciplines to design, develop, manufacture, and sustain these systems. Our responsibilities span the full Systems Engineering lifecycle-from research and development to modeling and analysis, from static / component test to dynamic flight test, from manufacturing floor support to field repairs and maintenance, and more. We work across multiple spectrums-from RF (Radio Frequency), to IR (Infrared) and Visual, to Acoustic. Our engineers have the opportunity to work in various environments-behind desks, in highly specialized labs, at indoor and outdoor test and measurement ranges, and at overseas operational locations. Our team is absolutely critical to the cradle-to-grave success of our cornerstone programs and the programs of the future, and your role on our team would be equally critical to our success as an organization. Without Survivability Engineers, there is no Low in Low Observable. Without us, there is no Stealth in Stealth Bomber. Join us, and let's Define Survivable together!

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector is hiring a Survivability Section Manager 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This leadership role is located in Palmdale, CA .

The Section Manager is responsible for managing a section of Survivability Engineers (15-20% of the time) while continuing to excel in a program role (80-85% or the time). As a member of the Mission System Engineering (MSE) functional management team, the Section Manager participates in selected Survivability Engineering activities such as staffing, recruiting, employee development, performance management, process and product development, Independent Review Teams (IRT), and on occasion special initiatives. Sections will have 12 to 15 members and include personnel that range in grade from T01 to T07.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support proposal work, independent technical reviews, program standup and audits, and special assignments on an as needed basis.

  • Provide strong leadership, excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and collaboration with senior management, peers, and employees.

  • Responsible for recruiting, staffing and retaining top talent to ensure success for multiple Palmdale programs.

  • Own and lead improvements across employee engagement, hiring, development and training.

  • Responsible for Managing the Budgets, Schedules, Risk and Opportunities.

  • Present status report to the Business Area Director on a weekly basis.

  • Regularly reports to senior internal and external customers.

  • Horizontal integration of best practices across the organization; maintaining cognizance over technical activities; and

  • Ensuring execution of project statement of work and baselines.

  • Employee development, including skills training and career support

  • Performance management, including employee goal setting, performance appraisals and issue resolution.

Impact to Program:

  • This position is crucial in growing and positioning the team in Palmdale to support Northrop Grumman's position as a leader in stealth production platforms. The opportunity will include execution of areas for the enterprise under the guidance of the Mission Systems Survivability Engineering Director, the Survivability West Coast Department manager, the SME IPT lead, and multiple Program Managers.

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 :

  • Must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline AND 9+ years of related professional/military experience in Engineering, OR a Master's degree in a STEM discipline AND 7+ years of related professional/military experience in Engineering.

  • Must have at least 3 years of Survivability experience with a focus in Survivability design, integration, sustainment, and/or production.

  • Must have prior management/leadership experience that includes providing oversight of day-to-day systems engineering/survivability processes.

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance that is in-scope (granted/renewed in the last 6 years or under continuous evaluation).

  • Must be able to attain and maintain Special Access Programs (SAP) prior to the commencement of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MS degree in Engineering or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline is preferred.

  • 7 (+) years of experience in Survivability Engineering is desired.

  • Strong background in survivability analysis and an excellent knowledge in CEM tools and methods.

  • Working knowledge of systems engineering disciplines such as: Requirements Development, Systems Architecture and Design, Requirements Validation and Verification.

  • An active Top Secret or SCI clearance is preferred as well as TS Program Access.

  • Recognized Career development and mentoring of employees.

Salary Range: $151,900 - $227,900

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 most positions.