Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Manager Engineering

Dulles, VA
Program Management


Job Description

Job ID: JJM20181009-47470

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people?s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation?s history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have 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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

This position is for a Manager of Engineering role within NGIS Systems Engineering. The selected candidate will be based in Dulles, VA and will manage a Systems Engineering department supporting fault management and system autonomy engineering efforts for the Space Systems Group. This Manager receives general strategic, business, and administrative direction from a Director of Systems Engineering and has the authority to make system engineering decisions and recommendations that have a far-reaching impact on extensive new business, design, development and mission operations support. 

 

The selected candidate is expected to be self-directed and leverage previous experience to effectively lead a department responsible for fault management and system autonomy efforts across programs in both the Advanced Programs and Satellite Systems Divisions. As the SE functional lead for these areas, the prospective candidate should have extensive knowledge of industry practices and standards across a range of applications related to the fault management and autonomy discipline areas for space systems, as duties will include both leading and performing activities in these areas. In both fault management and autonomy, the prospective manager will be expected not only to lead and perform program activities, but also to mentor engineers to help grow our collective expertise to achieve world-class capabilities in the department.

 

The functional and personnel management duties are expected to be roughly quarter time, with higher levels required during annual reviews and other personnel milestones. Thus, the selected individual will be expected to perform a significant amount of direct program and/or proposal support. 


RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • General/Management responsibilities include:
  • o Lead technical-staff planning, assignments, career development, performance assessments and compensation management activities for the assigned Systems Engineering staff
  • o Coach, support and motivate a high-performing Systems engineering team
  • o Lead SE peer reviews as well as support formal program and proposal reviews
  • o Set and promote high standards for quality and safety; foster engagement for technical excellence
  • o Direct and review the work of SE staff, ensuring its completeness, accuracy and adherence to established SSG systems engineering processes and technical procedures.
  • o Identify the SE skills & experience needed for program execution and lead the recruiting, hiring and training of new staff
  • o Support new business development, including review of technical and cost volumes, detailed Basis of Estimates (BOE) using established Work Breakdown Structures and related new business activities
  • Direct and coordinate the development of system requirements and specifications for various systems through multiple program phases.
  • o Support pre-proposal analysis, proposal development, mission and system analysis, specification and interface development, design review, testing, problem resolution and customer interactions
  • o Support space vehicle design/development to ensure that customer & internal goals for safety, mission success, and performance are met.
  • o Support program Engineering Configuration Change Board (CCB), Corrective Action Board (CAB) and Failure Review Boards (FRB), as required.
  • o Identify technical issues, propose solution options, and follow through to resolve the issues with minimal supervision.
  • o Interface with internal and external customers and associates in engineering, manufacturing, integration and test, safety and mission assurance, and program management.
  • o Prepare weekly status reports and periodic technical reports for senior management to document individual and collective status on program(s) and pursuit(s).
  • o Support EVMS baseline generation, tracking/maintenance and variance analysis (as required).
  • o Perform related management duties as assigned by the Sr. Director of Systems Engineering or Engineering VP.
    • Fault Management and System Autonomy (FMSA) responsibilities include:
    • o Develop and apply FMSA policies, practices, requirements, plans and schedules
    • o Establish and guide the requirements/principles/practices for the architecture, design and implementation of all FMSA products.
    • o Establish and guide the FMSA requirements/principles/practices for the integrated verification and validation (via both analysis and test) of all FMSA products.
    • o Develop the system Concept of Operations (ConOps), including the identification of mission phases, system-level activities, mission/vehicle/module/subsystem states and modes, and system threads (scenarios), with particular focus on the fault management and system autonomy philosophy to be applied in each phase/activity/mode to best meet stakeholder objectives, requirements, and goals. 
    • o Interpret mission/system requirements and ConOps, customer specifications, and applicable industry standards to develop appropriate FMSA requirements at each layer of the system architecture. This includes fault tolerance requirements for mission objectives, mission- and safety critical functions, and critical sequences.

o Perform a wide variety of FMSA analysis tasks, including generation and/or rigorous review of functional analysis, activity analysis, timeline analysis, fault tolerance analysis, fault trees, functional risk/hazard analysis, fault interaction analysis, fault dynamics analysis, common-mode analysis, FMEA/FMECA, software system safety analysis, system/subsystem hazard analysis, fishbone/root-cause analysis, reliability analysis.

  • o Based on these analyses, develop the FMSA architecture, and identify/deploy appropriate autonomy and failure mitigation strategies (prevention, tolerance and resilience) to best meet the program needs.
  • o Develop and execute system-level tests and simulations to verify FMSA requirements and validate expected system behavior. This will include the identification of needed capabilities for test-bed/simulator platforms, development of test scenarios to support comprehensive system-level V&V, writing of test procedures and scripts, executing tests and simulations, and writing test reports.
  • o Evaluate Engineering Change Proposals, perform impact analyses (including schedule and cost estimates), and formulate recommendations for consideration by program management.
  • o Identify opportunities for improvement based on review of failure data from both ground tests & simulations and flight operations, and support development and implementation of system design improvements.
  • o Work closely with System Safety engineering to identify & analyze hazards, develop & implement appropriate hazard controls, and follow-through to ensure controls are appropriately implemented in training, designs, procurement, manufacturing, assembly, test, storage, and hazardous operations by personnel supporting assigned programs

Apply FMSA engineering principles to assess design compliance of complex aerospace systems and synthesize rationale and justificarform a wide variety of FMSA analysis tasks, including generation

  • o Based on these analyses, develop the FMSA architecture, and identify/deploy appropriate autonomy and failure mitigation strategies (prevention, tolerance and resilience) to best meet the program needs.
  • o Develop and execute system-level tests and simulations to verify FMSA requirements and validate expected system behavior. This will include the identification of needed capabilities for test-bed/simulator platforms, development of test scenarios to support comprehensive system-level V&V, writing of test procedures and scripts, executing tests and simulations, and writing test reports.
  • o Evaluate Engineering Change Proposals, perform impact analyses (including schedule and cost estimates), and formulate recommendations for consideration by program management.
  • o Identify opportunities for improvement based on review of failure data from both ground tests & simulations and flight operations, and support development and implementation of system design improvements.
  • o Work closely with System Safety engineering to identify & analyze hazards, develop & implement appropriate hazard controls, and follow-through to ensure controls are appropriately implemented in training, designs, procurement, manufacturing, assembly, test, storage, and hazardous operations by personnel supporting assigned programs
  • o Apply FMSA engineering principles to assess design compliance of complex aerospace systems and synthesize rationale and justification for waiver requests and product non-compliances. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This Manager role requires functional personnel management of over 15-30 system engineers and/or related subject-matter experts. 

WRITTEN AND VERBAL CONTACT

The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and therefore must have excellent communication skills, presentation experience and the ability to work seamlessly with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the systems team. The candidate must have the ability to build consensus and resolve conflict.

REQUIRED CLEARANCE

Although not required, TS/SCI clearance (or the ability to be cleared) is preferred.

 REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Systems or Aerospace Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience (or 10 years with a Master’s degree) in mission design, space or ground systems design, development, manufacture, test or operations, including 3-5 years of functional or project team leadership positions.
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in fault protection and autonomy, as well as how they relate to the System Safety and Reliability disciplines.
  • Extensive experience with flight systems, fault protection and autonomy design, and fault analyses
  • Significant knowledge of the function and operation of spacecraft subsystems and payloads.
  • Proven ability to lead the activities of, and to synthesize the unique discipline knowledge of a broad range of technical subject matter experts.
  • Strong electrical and software background with a good mechanical understanding.
  • Able to obtain a Top Secret clearance. An active TS/SCI Clearance a plus.
  • Experience conducting Reliability analyses and verification, to include experience with performing FMECA (failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis), and fault tree analysis.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships are a must.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, technical writing experience, and an ability to perform oral presentations in front of large groups.
  • Ability to communicate findings to customers and management.
  • Self-starter capable of performing assigned tasks with very little or no direction.
  • Analytical thinker with a demonstrated ability of solving complex problems which require ingenuity and innovation.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to review presentations, emails, white papers, trade studies, vendor analyses and reports for content and accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required.

 DESIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Experience with Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and associated SysML tools (e.g. Cameo Systems Modeler)
  • Functional engineering management in aerospace
  • System engineering requirement/verification tools and processes
  • System architecture and CONOPS development
  • Development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes
  • Space system/mission analysis and design
  • Space system testing and evaluation (flight and ground testing)
  • Personnel development, performance assessments, mentoring and conflict resolution
  • Mission Operations for launch and spacecraft on-orbit test & verification commissioning

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


Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: +10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Management
Group: Space