Consulting Airworthiness EngineerUnknown City, FL

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector has an opening for an Consulting Airworthiness Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Office of Independent Airworthiness (OIAW) . This position is based in Melbourne, FL and remote based location will be considered. This position will have 25% travel.

The Consulting Airworthiness Engineer will be working within the Airworthiness Engineering Directorate supporting certification efforts on various Research & Advanced Development (R&AD) programs as well as programs of record. The selected candidate will have a primary role in R&AD programs providing strategic AW leadership with innovative risk-based AW strategies to position programs for success in future EMD efforts that will ensure the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness certification objectives into system solutions to meet program needs throughout the product lifecycle (e.g. Flight Releases, Type Certification, continued airworthiness, and operation of airspace integration).

Essential Duties:

  • Creates innovative AW strategies for individual R&AD programs partnering with R&AD technical and business leadership that will enable successful AW certification in future phases of the programs.

  • Differentiates between risk-based strategies and full AW certification efforts to support proof-of-concept and R&AD pursuits in a cost effective strategic approach with full AW certification in future programs phases in mind.

  • Performs technical airworthiness planning and verification support including development and negotiation of airworthiness plans, bases of certification, means of compliance, and other certification activities for complex total systems with IPT/REs as well as customer counterparts.

  • Reviews and coordinates with other airworthiness engineers as well as internal engineering disciplines performed across the total system to include design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.

  • Performs functional and process analyses, requirements allocation and definition studies to translate customer requirements into criteria and derived requirements. Ensures the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness certification objectives into system solutions to meet program needs throughout the product lifecycle (e.g. Flight releases, Type certification, continued airworthiness, operations, and airspace integration).

  • Responsible for managing and maintaining Type Design Data and airworthiness evidence in support of a Military Type Certification and Air System Continued & Continuing Airworthiness as a member of the senior technical AW staff in a System Design Responsible company.

  • Must be able to operate in a high-level of individual autonomy and see every program as an opportunity to advance the applications of aircraft certification into the future, becoming a leading voice in the industry regarding Digital Transformation of compliance, artifact generation and storage, and tool development driving efficiency of overall EMD & sustainment.

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline and 20 years engineering experience OR a Master's of Science Degree in a STEM discipline and 18 years of engineering experience OR a PhD Degree in a STEM discipline and 15 years of engineering experience

  • Expert level experience with US Navy and USAF Airworthiness Policy Directives, Instructions, and Airworthiness Bulletins (AWB) especially NAVAIR Instruction 13034.1G and AWB-003, FAA Federal Aviation Regulations, and associated guidance and advisory materials

  • Work experience leading the development of Airworthiness plans, a Basis of Certification, and related activities for manned and unmanned air systems

  • Work experience with US DoD and domestic airworthiness authorizations and type certifications for manned and unmanned air systems

  • Ability to initiate Airworthiness Certification process improvement initiatives and create advanced training materials

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation) with ability to obtain U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance and

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Military aircraft development or modification experience for manned and unmanned air systems

  • DoD and Civil Airworthiness Experience for manned and unmanned air systems

  • Design and Systems Engineering experience in one or more of the following areas: Structures, Flight Technology, Air Vehicle Subsystems, Avionics, Mission Payload Integration, System Safety, Flight Test, Configuration Management with an emphasis is on Mission Payload Integration

  • Control Account Management (CAM) and Earned Value Management System (EVMS) experience including Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) planning and tracking, Earned Value reporting, variance analysis, and Estimate at Complete (EAC) forecasting

  • Interactions with airworthiness authorities (US DoD, civil authorities both domestic and international, and Foreign Defense)

  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Top Secret security clearance and the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP)

Salary Range: $175,600 - $277,200

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.