NATO AGS Mission Planner (Italy) Sigonella, ITA

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Northrop Grumman Defense Services is seeking a Mission Planner for the RQ-4 NATO AGS Global Hawk program at NAS Sigonella, Sicily . Conduct highly responsive remotely piloted aircraft mission planning support services as a part of a dedicated operational support team that enables the execution of dynamic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission requirements across all theaters of operations. Develop, coordinate, and maintain tailored mission planning packages. Develop and maintain a collaborative relationship with the pilots and sensor operators and the NAGSF Branch (Current Operations) to ensure that continuous support is provided through the route development and mission planning phases of each mission. Using the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) develop all training, exercise support and contingency operations flown by NATO AGS aircraft in accordance with NATO, ICAO, EUROCONTROL, FAA standards and procedures from the Main Operating Base (MOB) at NAS Sigonella, Sicily. This position operates in a highly dynamic 24/7 mission environment, so anticipate rapidly changing work schedules and mission priorities. Maintain flexible work hours to accommodate all mission scenarios, short-notice changes and tasking's, and to provide uninterrupted operational support.

This position will be a long-term expatriate opportunity. This position will include HOLA, COLA and other incentives for working this assignment overseas .

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a minimum of 14 years of aviation experience. Will consider qualified applicant with a Bachelor of Science/Arts with 10 years' experience in military aviation operations.

  • Graduate of a flight training program (previous military flight training preferred) and a former USAF/USN/USA rated aviator.

  • 10 years of military aviation experience as a rated pilot, navigator, or weapons systems operator.

  • 6 years of experience with mission planning, weather, aircraft operations, aircraft performance, airfield suitability, and Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) analysis.

-Experience in leading teams.

-Able to obtain a NATO Secret clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Bachelors of Science in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering

-Previous experience as a High Altitude Long Endurance mission planner

-Previous experience as a UAV/RPA mission planner with MQ-1, MQ-9, RQ-7, Triton, RQ-4

-Previous experience flying or planning missions for ISR aircraft; U-2, RC-135S/U/V/W, P/EP-3, MC-12W, RC-12, JSTARS

-Familiar and/or proficient with Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS), to include Combat Flight Planning Software (CFPS) and FalconView

-Proficient in Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS) mission planning software

-Proficient in Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) mission planning software

-Military Rated Aviator

-Proficient with Windows environments and the following software:

-Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint

-Microsoft SharePoint

-Microsoft Outlook


Salary Range: $78,500 - $117,700

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.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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