Northrop Grumman Payloads Engineer 5 in Palmdale, California

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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 Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Payloads Engineer 5 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Palmdale, CA or San Diego, CA.

The Payloads Engineer 5 is expected to be a highly-motivated self-starter with a demonstrated ability to manage and lead a team of engineers and technicians. Daily activities include the definition, design, integration, and test of Universal Armament Interface (UAI) compliant MIL-STD-1760 Stores Management Systems (SMS) and Bomb Rack Assemblies (BRA). Specific tasks performed in this role are requirements management, system integration, test plan development, and test execution of a weapon system throughout the entire development, demonstration, and production phases.

Essential Functions:

  • Must possess in-depth technical knowledge of SMS/ Suspension and Release Equipment (S&RE)-related hardware and software requirements and experience in the definition, design, integration, test, and certification (end-to-end development) and operation of S&RE.

  • Must possess intimate knowledge of governing standards to include UAI Platform-Store ICD, MIL-STD-1553, MIL-STD-1760, AS5653, etc., and must possess significant experience preparing detailed requirements specifications, test plans and procedures, certification plans and procedures, and performance reports, related to these governing standards.

  • Expected to thoroughly understand all system requirements.

  • Develop statements of work, specifications, and interface control documents.

  • Additionally, they will prepare, monitor, and update program schedules, conduct and participate in all related design reviews, and provide technical guidance to the cross-functional team.

  • Earned Value Management System (EVMS), Microsoft Office, various scheduling methods, and technical writing skills (including proposals) are required tools.

  • Excellent communication, presentation, leadership, and people skills are also required.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)related field.

  • 14 years of engineering experience or 12 years of experience with a Master's Degree.

  • Experience working with weapons and payload systems

  • Familiarity with Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) and various scheduling methods

  • Technical writing skills

  • Active DoD Secret clearance (within 4 year scope)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance and access to Special Programs

  • Experienceleading a team of engineers and technicians

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree ina STEM related field.

  • In-depth technical knowledge of SMA/Suspension and Release Equipment (S&RE) related hardware/software requirements

  • Intimate knowledge of governing standards that include UAI Platform-Store ICD, MIL-STD-1553, 1760, AS5653

  • Active Top Secret clearance

  • Access to Special Programs

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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.