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Northrop Grumman Mgr Systems Engineering 1 in San Diego, California

Climb to new heights on your journey when you start Defining Possible with Northrop Grumman. Enjoy a purposeful career in aeronautics that is crucial to the way we connect and protect our world across land, sea, and air. Bring your experience and take advantage of this opportunity to discover how you can start to push past possible and achieve your goals today. Enjoy a diverse, collaborative environment with professionals across the nation ready to help launch your career.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Vehicle Management homeroom section manager for the Autonomous Division Center of Excellence to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in San Diego, CA.

You will provide functional homeroom management of a team of engineers performing VMS efforts on the program. You will have an individual contributor role on a program, which is expected to be roughly 80% of the workload. The functional homeroom manager duties typically accounts for 20% of the workload.


  • Lead team of 8-15 engineers, including college and high school interns

  • Provide personnel with career development, employee engagement, mentoring and coaching

  • Coordinate with programs for staffing, recruiting, training, preparing and delivering performance evaluations to employees, evaluating/recommending employees for promotions, evaluating salaries and coordinating with Human Resources on potential adjustments, assisting employees in preparing performance goals, providing career guidance to employees and counseling employees on their performance as necessary

  • Forecast and lead work load for each team member

  • Develop and improve personnel and organizational technical skills

  • Work with Human Resources to mediate and resolve personnel issues

  • Ensure process alignment through the work of direct reports, support program milestone reviews and deep dives, and assists in development and implementation of division objectives

  • Work closely with managers of other engineering disciplines, program managers, and IPT leads

  • Champion change within the organization, to achieve competitive advantage for the division and sector

  • Some travel may be required to support recruiting events or independent program reviews.

  • You should demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business. Demonstrate abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching. Excellent verbal and written interpersonal skills are required.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with a STEM degree or 3 years of experience with a Masters

  • Active Secret clearance with ability to obtain and maintain program access

  • Experience in at least one of the following: flight control system design and analysis, mission plan validation. VMS architecture development, actuation systems or air data systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM and 5 years of experience or 3 years of experience with Masters degree

  • 5 years of experience in lead or first level manager role in a technical engineering capacity

  • Active Top Secret clearance with ability to obtain and maintain program access

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