Manager Test Pilot Engineering 2 / UAV Flight Ops Mgr, Palmdale, Ca

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Palmdale, CA

Requisition ID: R10087907
Category: Flight Operations
Location: Palmdale, CA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Secret
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
Positions 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 Sector, Test & Evaluation is seeking a UAV Flight Operations Manager. This position requires a highly motivated and self-starting individual with relevant test operations experience to support the High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) RQ-4/MQ-4 Series UAV Programs.

The Flight Operations Manager orchestrates ground and flight integration and developmental testing for various MQ-4 Triton & RQ-4 Global Hawk series aircraft. This manager should possess a strong background in test or flight operations to oversee production testing of Palmdale produced and/or modified aircraft, manages the flight crew schedule, and interfaces daily with mission planning, flight test engineering, and the HALE Program Production IPT Lead. The manager coordinates flight operations with the FAA for flight through the National Airspace System and schedule use of military ranges to include the R-2508 Complex and offshore Warning Areas. Responsibilities also include creating and maintaining flight publications accounts, requisition of required equipment, writing Flight and Ground Common Operating Procedures in accordance with DCMA Instructions, and maintaining pilot documents and manuals required for flight operations. This manager directly interfaces with the Government Flight Representative (GFR) and is responsible for ensuring compliance through recurring Aircraft Operating Inspections conducted by the GFR/DCMA.

In addition, this manager and his/her team will occasionally support RQ-4 operations at Edwards AFB for both the USAF 452nd Flight Test Squadron/Combined Test Force (CTF) and the NASA Sky Range program at Armstrong Flight Research Center.

This manager is responsible for the daily support of aircraft and ground shelter testing and managing the daily operations of HALE pilots, sensor operators (SOs), Mission Payload Operators (MPOs), and test conductors (TCs). Works with mission planners on various programs to ensure safe and effective flight plans for all phases of test. Schedules chase aircraft and coordinates chase procedures for both HALE and chase pilots. Will also fill the Section Manager role for all Palmdale HALE aircrew and test conductors leading a team of about 10-20 direct reports.

In addition, the selected candidate will be responsible for managing personnel, coordinating with ground test engineering and operations, aircraft modifications for testing, frequent interaction with Engineering at Rancho Bernardo, and ensuring cost and schedule performance targets are met. The selected individual must provide program leadership for test site employees and provide timely resource forecasts to program management, assuring that proper staffing is in place to execute the Flight Test Statement of Work. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with internal personnel and external customer representatives at various management levels concerning operations. Will be responsible for scheduling specific aircraft and test resources and resolving issues that may arise over the course of the flight test program. The manager must have excellent communication skills, experience with flight-line operational requirements, experience leading test pilot and test engineering personnel, and be capable of working in a matrix environment with multiple sources of management guidance. The selected candidate may be required to support extended shifts, occasional weekends, and holidays as required to maintain program schedule as well as occasional travel to support specific Triton and Global Hawk programs and special tests, as required. There will also be the opportunity to support foreign military sale (FMS) international variants of the Q-4 platform with associated international travel for demonstrations, tests, and aircraft deliveries.

This manager may also become aircrew or test conductor certified if he/she meets the medical and flight experience requirements, completes the required training, and can maintain currency.

Basic Qualifications:

9 years of flight and/or test experience with BS, 7 years with MS, 4 years with a PhD

Excellent communication skills, including ability to brief test results/issues to executive leadership

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Active DoD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Active DoD Top Secret clearance

STEM Degree

Current Class II FAA Physical

Minimum 500 Pilot in Command (PIC) hours and able to maintain currency

FAA commercial instrument rated pilot (or military equivalent)

Military flight experience, flight test operations,

FAA commercial and instrument rating, aviation instructor experience

Experience leading a flight test operations team

RQ-4/MQ-4C Series qualified pilot

Previous Instructor Pilot or Evaluator

Military Test Pilot School (USAF TPS or USN TPS) or National Test Pilot School (NTPS) graduate

Salary Range: $147,800 USD – $221,800 USD

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

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.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

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