Manager, Design Engineering 1 – Space Components Jobs in Goleta, CA at Northrop Grumman Corporation

Title: Manager, Design Engineering 1 – Space Components

Company: Northrop Grumman Corporation

Location: Goleta, CA

Salary: $150K — $200K *

Category: Aerospace & Defense

Job Description

As a key strategic member of the Northrop Grumman Space Systems-Goleta leadership team, the Rigid Solar Array Design Manager is responsible for the design, manufacture, test, and delivery of deployable flat panel solar arrays and mechanisms (hinges, Hold-Down Release Mechanisms).

Through collaboration with direct reports, the engineering team and functional managers, the Engineering Design Manager for the Rigid Solar Array Product line, is responsible for resource management and prioritization to provide prompt response and situational resolutions to meet all Value Stream Organization (VSO) goals and objectives.

The Engineering Design Manager must have a combination of industry knowledge, leadership skills, management expertise and in-depth knowledge of the design engineering process.

This position is located in Goleta, CA.


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, manufacturing, and test of Rigid Solar Arrays for Space applications

Basic understanding and familiarity with Electrical Engineering and Photovoltaics for Space

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.

Must be able to create, implement, improve and maintain sound engineering processes using communication, lean strategies and tactics to satisfy customer and business needs


Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required and a minimum of 10 years’ of relevant work experience or a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a minimum of 5 years’ of relevant work experience

Must have demonstrated experience with deployable systems for space applications required

Proven track record of managing direct reports of various levels and disciplines

Excellent communication skills – written, oral, listening

US Citizenship Required

Preferred Qualifications:

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

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 3/4

Detailed knowledge of mechanical design, structures, mechanisms, materials, processes and specialty …


About Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company formed by Northrops 1994 purchase of Grumman. The company was named as the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world in 2015. Northrop Grumman employs over 68,000 people worldwide. It reported revenues of $23.526 billion in 2015. Northrop Grumman ranks No. 124 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of Americas largest corporations and ranks in the top ten military-friendly employers. It is headquartered in West Falls Church, Virginia.