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Northrop Grumman GBSD Staff Human Factors/UX Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe.

With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman's Space Sector is seeking a Staff Human Factors Engineer to lead Human Factors and User Experience (UX) efforts for development of GBSD SW User Interfaces as part of the Specialty Engineering Human Systems Integration (HSI) team. This position can be located in Huntsville-AL, Roy-UT or Colorado Springs-CO and will be part of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program (Minuteman III ICBM replacement) development contract. Learn more about the GBSD program here.

Northrop Grumman supports the Air Force's sustainment, development, production and deployment of hardware and system modifications for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Ground and Airborne Launch Control Systems, Launch Facilities and associated infrastructure.

The selected candidate will lead aspects of the Human Factors (HF) specialization for software user interfaces (UI) efforts for the HSI team. They will interact/communicate with the element and product level teams in the technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, and supportability/effectiveness analyses for total systems. Human Factors analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, and test. The HFE ensures requirements allocation and interface definition studies translate to customer requirements for hardware and software HSI specification and could require functional analysis, timeline analysis, and detail trade studies.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Factors engineering for UX and human computer interaction for software UIs

  • Collaboratively develop a design Style Guide for UI common look and feel with SW teams

  • Ensure compliance with specified sections of MIL-STD-1472G

  • Prepare, coordinate and conduct both predictive and empirical workload analyses as well as usability assessments

  • Translate user research data into user flows, wireframes, mockups and prototypes that lead to intuitive user experiences for system operators. Be flexible and iterate designs in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous, environment

  • Use one or more industry standard design and prototyping tools to create wireframes, visual designs, and interactive prototypes

  • Author/support the program documentation of the HFE products in a format consistent with US Military Data Item Descriptions (e.g. Human Engineering Design Approach Document - Operator, Human Engineering Test Plan, Human Engineering Test Report, etc.)

  • Prepare Human Factors Analyses (task analyses, predictive workload analyses, interface prototyping and analysis)

  • Review UI design decision and documentation and provide HF support to software interface design and development

  • Integrate operator attributes to the system architecture, CONOPS, and use-case development using model-based systems engineering methodologies

  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders across IPTs and with the user community

This positions standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts




You'll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Human Factors, psychology human behavior, industrial design, graphic design or related discipline from an accredited university with 14 years of relative experience or Masters degree with 12 years of experience

  • Active DoD Secret clearance granted/investigated in the last 6 years Must have the ability to obtain special program acces

  • Experience in Human Factors Engineering/Human Systems Integration with a specialization in software (UX, human computer interaction)

  • Demonstrated experience utilizing UI/UX design principle

  • Demonstrated experience with Adobe visual design or prototyping tools including Adobe InDesign

  • Experience in fast-paced work environment and ability to work in a team enviorment

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to present to segment, program and customer community

  • Ability to solve problems, analyze test results, drive tasks to completion

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Master's Degree in Human Factors or related discipline

  • Experience with Human Factors in a defense contracting environment (familiarity with Mil-Std-1472G and ANSI/HFES 100-2007), DoD UI/UX Design Experience

  • Familiarity with Human Factors modeling in NX/Jack, IMPRINT

  • Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

  • Experience on an Agile Software Development Team

Salary Ranges Minimum $134,368, Salary Maximum $167,960 (Colorado)

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. 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. Learn about Northrop Grumman Total Rewards and Benefits.

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.

Job Category : Engineering