Mgr Systems Engineering 3 (Oklahoma City, OK)

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 an Assistant Department Manager to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Oklahoma City, OK.

The Assistant Department Manager (ADM) will report directly to the Systems Engineering and Electronics and Payloads Director. The ADM shall assist in the development and implementation of initiatives (people, process, tools and products) aligned to Northrop Grumman Aerospace System (NGAS) Sector and Research, Technology, & Engineering (RT&E) Long Range Strategic Planning (LRSP) objectives. The ADM may sometimes function as de-facto DM in support of Enterprise endeavors when the DM is unavailable. Candidate must have a broad understanding of system engineering processes and products throughout the program life cycle, and provide technical leadership and guidance to these discipline areas. Responsibilities include assisting in the development and implementation of departmental vision and strategies to drive employee engagement; improve hiring, development, training and retention of top talent; manage products and associated Communities of Practices (COPs); balance process compliance against innovation; assist in audits; and, reduce bureaucracy. Own department products and/or process/metrics & associated strategies; identify, develop & manage product best practices. Attend program drumbeat reviews and ensure department is meeting program technical, process, product, and staffing needs. Support program tiger teams, RCCA investigations, deep dives, IRTs and milestone reviews. Manager will be accountable for leadership development of section managers and other high potential department members; work across COE/Directorate to identify and close on development opportunities for department members (including cross-program/cross-organizational opportunities).

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for skills inclusive of Systems Engineering, Systems Management & Control, and/or Electronics and Payloads Engineering.
  • Provide oversight of all major functions within Systems Engineering, Systems Management & Control, and/or Electronics and Payloads Engineering, including all duties described below for both Missions Systems and Grounds Systems organizations
  • Excellent communication, mentoring, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with senior management, peers, and employees.
  • Provides ownership for the people, processes, and tools that support divisions and programs achieve their missions.
  • Accountability for recruiting, staffing and retaining talent to deliver on the objectives.
  • Supporting proposal work, independent technical reviews, program standup and audits, and special assignments on an as needed basis.
  • Owning and leading improvements across employee engagement, hiring, development, training, attraction, and retention of top talent.
  • Mentor, develop, and train your section managers, and overall employee base.
To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our Selecting the Best Qualified Managers video: SQMVideo .


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university and 7 Years of experience with Bachelors in Science or 5 Years of experience with Masters or 0 Years with PhD
  • Demonstrated expertise in system engineering processes and products throughout much of the program life cycle, and providing technical leadership and guidance.
You must have an active DoD Secret Clearance and a background investigation within the scope of six years.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 20 years with a Bachelors, 15 years with Masters, 10 years with PhD. in STEM.
  • General understanding of NGAS Engineering Processes.
  • Proven performance as a Systems Engineering Leader in many of the phases of acquisition, design, integration, and execution. Candidate will require ability to rapidly assess and lend guidance to projects assigned to the organizational group as well as demonstrated mentoring and guidance to engineers.
  • Ability to assess program health and performance based on alignment of governing products and delivery schedules: SEMP, CLIN, IMP, WBS, IMS, manufacturing and sustainment plans
  • Requirements authoring to support decomposition of standards into cost-effective solutions; airworthiness, HSI, AI, IA, EEE, ECD, RF Spectrum, and System Safety.
  • Management of customer Master Verification Plan into early and achievable verification criteria into testable specification language to reduce cost within program scope.
  • Experience in LO application, development, materials, processes, and products.
  • Understanding of the application and development of functional and physical architectures, interfaces, requirements analysis, functional decomposition, design synthesis, integration, verification, and validation in large systems using SysML/UML and requirements management tools such as Rhapsody, and DOORS.
  • Experience in Mission Payload and/or Avionics hardware acquisition and design. Development of procurement specifications based on detailed hardware requirements derivation traceable to system level requirements, subsystem and or component Subcontract Management Team (SMT) support.
  • Cognizant Engineering subject matter expert support to software IPT, integration support to Air Vehicle, systems test and systems verification.
  • Integration support to Air Vehicle, systems test and systems verification for any/all: Sensors, Computer Processing and Networks, RF Communications.
  • Experience with the PIC Portfolio programs: F-35, F-18, or B-2. Including mission understanding and Trainer and Training Systems.
  • In-Scope TS Clearance and program access
  • Excellent communication, mentoring, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with senior management, peers, and employees.

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.${descr2}${descr3}

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