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Design Engineering Manager 1 (Rigid Solar Array)

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Goleta
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Category: Engineering Location: Goleta, California US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes Clearance Type: None Telecommute: No -Teleworking not available for this position Shift: 1st Shift Travel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time Positions Available: 1

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today. 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 Space 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 located in Goleta, CA Job Summary As a key strategic member of the NG Space, Goleta leadership team, the Rigid Solar Array Design Leader is responsible for the design, manufacture, test, and delivery of deployable flat panel solar arrays and mechanisms (hinges, HDRMs). Must have experience with deployable systems for space applications. Must be able to create, implement, improve and maintain sound engineering processes using communication, lean strategies and tactics to satisfy customer and business needs. Through collaboration with direct reports, the engineering team and functional managers, the Engineering Design Leader for the Rigid Solar Array Product line, is responsible for resource management and prioritization to provide prompt response and situational resolutions to meet all VSO goals and objectives. The Engineering Design Leader must have a combination of industry knowledge, leadership skills, management expertise and in-depth knowledge of the design engineering process. Primary Responsibilities:

  • Accountable to engineering manager for meeting the engineering Safety, Quality, Delivery, Employee performance and Cost (SQDEC) expectations of internal and external customers for direct reports and technical teams.
  • Subject matter expert on design, manufacture, and test of Rigid Solar Arrays for Space applications.
  • Perform detailed 3D designs; generate CAD drawings and related documents, and support manufacturing, test, and assembly of flight and developmental units as necessary.
  • Document test plans and procedures.
  • Participate and present in internal and external (customer) design reviews.
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals of the program team, matrix organization, and customers.
  • Intense focus and ownership of employee and team performance, coaching, and development to optimize current performance and prepare/support for future.
  • Support engineering manager to drive and ensure discipline of processes, tools, and procedures (to include risk management) for team to successfully meet business needs.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other Functions (Program Managers, Manufacturing, Quality, HR, etc.) to achieve business and SQDEC goals via sharing of resources, tools, equipment, processes, etc.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering with a minimum of 10 years of experience or a Master's degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Technical program team leadership and/or project management experience
  • Proven track record of managing direct reports of various levels and disciplines
  • Excellent communication skills - written, oral, listening
  • US Citizenship required
  • Must be able to work in Goleta, CA

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Proven ability to create a culture of continuous improvement, teamwork, sharing, and disciplined root cause problem solving. Familiarity with use and application of LEAN / PES culture.
  • 3+ years of engineering management/leadership experience
  • Ability to provide technical communication and coordination with and comfort around senior leadership.
  • Strong knowledge in engineering systems and processes such as CAD, FEA, and GD&T.
  • Proficiency with mechanical computer aided design (CAD) software: PTC Creo Parametric 4.
  • Detailed knowledge of mechanical design, structures, mechanisms, materials, processes and specialty analyses.
  • Ability to multitask and organize/prioritize job assignments in a fast-paced and gated-release engineering development environment.

Additional Requirements

  • ITAR Requirements: To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Northrop Grumman is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products and your ideas into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you will be amazed at what you can do! We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Santa Barbara , Design Engineering Manager 1 (Rigid Solar Array), Other , Goleta, California

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