Deployable Principal Pilot Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - Top Secret Chantilly, VA

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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what's possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you'll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Are you ready to put your experience to work at Northrop Grumman? If so, our Defense Systems wants you to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals for a position based in Chantilly, Virginia as a Senior Principal Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pilot.

You will pilot an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during developmental test and operational flights. You will remotely pilot vehicle to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability during engineering tests and flight test/demonstration support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers. You will define, plan, organize, and execute complex flight programs and flight test events. Conduct briefings and debriefings, and coordinate with maintenance personnel to analyze and correct vehicle discrepancies. May conduct demonstration flights with customers, government officials or other personnel to exhibit vehicle performance, flying qualities and system capabilities.

Must have an existing FAA Commercial Pilots Certificate (ASEL and/or AMEL) with an instrument rating.

You will work in the greater Washington DC area and deploy to OCONUS field locations periodically/as scheduled as part of your job responsibilities. All initial position training will be conducted at our Chantilly, VA facility (4-6 months).

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 9 years of relevant experience; or bachelor's in science with 5 years of relevant experience ; or master's in science with 3 years' experience.

  • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and organizational skills as well as oral and written communication skills.

  • Be proficient using MS Office applications and have had experience using mission planning software such as Falcon View.

  • Willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include extended shifts, holidays, and weekends and support on call status for 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days a year.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid U.S. passport.

  • Meet medical requirements and vaccinations for worldwide travel.

  • Willing to travel up to 50% of the time.

  • Willing to accept customer furnished quarters for a period up to 90 days away from primary work location and comply with mobility requirements.

  • Have an FAA Commercial Pilots Certificate (ASEL and/or AMEL) and Instrument rating.

  • Have a minimum of 1000 hours of total documented time (airplane and powered lift)

  • Able to obtain a FAA 2nd Class Medical Certificate.

  • Must possess and be able to maintain a DoD Top Secret security clearance and be willing to undergo a polygraph.

  • Ability to obtain and retain Special Program access clearance within 365 days from submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aviation Instructor/Evaluator experience.

  • Previous simulator instructor experience

  • Familiar with aviation technical data and training development.

  • A current SCI clearance and polygraph.

  • Previous military pilot training (including Unmanned Pilots) strongly preferred.


Salary Range: $115,200 - $172,800

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.

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.