Principal Engineer Airworthiness

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a Virginia-based company that designs, develops and builds aircraft, spacecraft, cyber security systems and radars for aerospace and defense sectors.

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Requisition ID: R10161992

  • **iconCategory:**Engineering
  • iconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America | Unknown City, California, United States of America+ 1 more
  • **iconClearance Type:**Secret
  • **iconTelecommute:**Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • **iconShift:**Days (United States of America)
  • **iconTravel Required:**Yes, 25% of the Time
  • **iconRelocation Assistance:**Relocation assistance may be available
  • **iconPositions Available:**1

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Senior Principal Airworthiness Engineer - Aircraft Certification to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Office of Independent Airworthiness (OIAW)This position is based in San Diego, CA with a hybrid work arrangement. This position may be filled in any continental US State and is remote based, the preferred location is commutable distance to San Diego, CA. Some travel to San Diego, CA will be required for this role (approximately 25%).

The Senior Principal Airworthiness Engineer will be working within the Airworthiness Engineering Directorate supporting certification efforts on various air vehicle platforms.  The selected candidate 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:

  • 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 airworthiness evidence in support of a Military Flight Releases and Air System Continued & Continuing Airworthiness as a member of the technical AW staff.

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in STEM discipline with 9 years, or Master's with 7 years, or PhD with 4 years
  • Familiarity of MIL-HDBK-516B Expanded and -516C
  • Work experience leading the development of Airworthiness plans, a Basis of Certification, and related activities
  • Work experience with domestic and international UAS/RPAS airworthiness authorizations and type certifications
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Military aircraft development or modification experience
  • Ability to initiate Airworthiness Certification process improvement initiatives
  • DoD and Civil Airworthiness Experience
  • Work experience and familiarity with UAS/RPAS
  • 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
  • Experience with USAF Airworthiness Policy Directives, Instructions, and Airworthiness Bulletins (AWB)
  • 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.
  • Experience in a System Design Responsible (SDR) organization per international regulations with signature authority
  • Interactions with airworthiness authorities US DoD, MoD International, or civil authorities
  • Familiarity of European Military Aviation Regulations (EMARs)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and SharePoint
  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher

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Salary Range: $121,000 - $199,600

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.

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