Test Engineering Manager 2 - Flight Test Palmdale, CA

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking highly qualified flight test engineering leaders for a large prototype aircraft program at Edwards AFB, CA.

The program is seeking to fill three positions with this requisition: an Air Vehicle Flight Test Engineering Manager, a Mission Systems Flight Test Engineering Manager, and a Survivability Test Engineering Manager. The Manager will lead planning and execution through first flight and the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development flight test program that will follow. Candidates who apply to this requisition may be considered for either position based on their background and experience.

Each manager will lead and provide functional management for a team of 20-30 system test engineers in a group of flight test disciplines:

The Air Vehicle disciplines include all aircraft subsystems (fuel, hydraulics, electrical, etc), loads, flutter, handling qualities, etc.

The Mission Systems disciplines include avionics, navigation systems, weapons, etc. The successful candidate will lead an organization of flight sciences test engineers through the planning execution and reporting phase of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development flight test program. The candidate will report to the Flight Test Senior Manager. The candidate will serve as both the functional homeroom manager and the assignment lead for a team of approximately 20 engineers. The candidate will collaborate with additional team leads and the government CTF to ensure efficient testing and to ensure program milestones and incentives are met. Strong communication skills are a must to support extensive executive-level interactions. A strong understanding of flight test safety planning, test operations and test reporting is required. This position requires developing resource plans and achieving cost and schedule goals and milestones.

The Survivability disciplines include low observable and threat system testing. The competitive candidate will possess an extensive aviation engineering and flight test background with strong technical and leadership skills. This position requires strong communication skills to support extensive executive-level interaction and will report to the System Ground and Flight Test Senior Manager. Each manager will collaborate with government and contractor leaders to develop detailed test plans and drive an integrated team approach to problem solving. A thorough understanding of flight test safety planning, test operations, and test reporting is required. This leader will be responsible for developing resource forecasts and achieving cost and schedule performance goals. This position will be located at Edwards AFB, CA with an expectation of 25% travel. Candidate must be willing to work extended shifts, weekends and holidays as required to meet program schedule and objectives.

Salary Range: $130,500 - $195,700

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.

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