Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Staff Systems Engineer (Configuration Management Office)

Promontory, UT
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JPW20181310-48169

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.

We are currently seeking an experienced CMO Staff Systems Engineer to provide leadership of our NASA Programs Configuration Management Office (CMO) team at our Promontory, Utah offices.

Role Description & Responsibilities:

The CMO Systems Engineer is responsible for definition, maintenance and implementation of CM systems, methods and tools for multiple NASA Programs.  The CMO Systems Engineer functionally reports to the NASA Programs Office, and represents NASA Programs’ interests in pursuing cross-functional and division-wide CM-related initiatives.

Job Duties:

Prepares and maintains program plans that define how configuration management will be accomplished on multiple NASA programs

Directly and professionally interfaces with NASA customers, DCMA, functional/integrated product teams, other prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in accomplishing CM for NASA programs

Drafts or provides input to policies and procedures that govern CM-related processes, collaborating with stakeholders to identify and pursue CM process improvements

Represents NASA Programs on committees aimed at integrating or standardizing CM-related initiatives across programs and across divisions.  Proposes and champions changes to driving requirements, where appropriate

Leads a team of CM, program and engineering professionals, ensuring CM processes are established and implemented through e.g. work instructions and/or training

Ensures data deliverables are submitted in accordance with contract requirements

Represents NASA programs in selection, development, implementation and maintenance of digital tools such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools, and design/modeling/production software

Provides expertise and CM solutions in meeting customers’ and company objectives

Performs troubleshooting and determines solutions for CM-related issues  

Experience Requirements:

Candidate must have a minimum of 15 years of experience related to design, manufacture, procurement, inspection, test and/or project management of technical products

Candidate must have a minimum of 7 years of configuration management (CM) experience

Candidate must have a minimum of 5 years of team leadership experience

Ability to travel:  Travel expectation of approx. 10% – 15%

Experience Preferred:

CM experience during all phases of a program is preferred

CM experience in the aerospace, or a similarly complex/critical, industry is strongly preferred

CMII basic (or similar) certification is preferred

CMII professional (or similar) certification is highly preferred

Skills & Qualifications:

Strong knowledge of configuration management principles and practices

Strong computer skills, including proficient use of Microsoft Office® suite and PLM tools

Strong familiarity with digital tools, especially PLM administrator/programmer functions and ERP systems

Broad understanding of aerospace products and science/engineering practices

Demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Excellent time management and organizational skills

Detail oriented, but able to understand the big picture


Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering, or physics) required with 15 years of experience, MS with 10 years of experience, or PhD with 7 years of experience.

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 Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Flight