Manager Engineer – Navigation and Controls 2

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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.

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.

Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems is seeking a motivated candidate that will fill the position of Manager Engineer –  Navigation and Controls 2 (Spacecraft Guidance) within the Launch Vehicle business unit located in Chandler, AZ.

GNC is designing and analyzing rocket navigation and control systems for a mix of DoD, NASA, and commercial customers.

Essential Functions:

  • The GNC manager will oversee a group of engineers that design, develop, implement, verify and test algorithms and software and simulation tools to perform guidance, navigation and control of missiles, launch vehicles and upper stages during powered and coast phases of launch, flight, earth orbit, interplanetary cruise and orbital insertion, as well as during staging events. This group also contains navigation specialty engineers.
  • Navigation functions include the statistical processing of measured data points (e.g. Inertial Measurement Units, GPS, altimeters, etc) and their substitution into algorithms estimating physical reality.
  • Maintenance and development of navigation code.
  • Guidance functions include the formulation of specific equations to achieve a desired position, orientation or orbit in space.
  • Responsible for providing priority guidance, navigation and control technical contributions for a missile defense targets program.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 9 years of related engineering experience; OR a Master’s degree in STEM with 7 years of related engineering experience, or a PhD in STEM with 4 years of related engineering experience
  • Active DOD Secret Security clearance
  • Experience with IMUs, GPS receivers and navigation systems
  • Experience with free inertial navigation, merged navigation and Kalman filtering
  • Familiarity with navigation components and algorithms

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with the C++ and Python programming languages
  • Experience with the Linux Operating System
  • Active Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Familiarity with rocket motor propelled vehicle trajectory design and customer provided requirement analysis in a simulation environment
  • Proven experience with autopilot and guidance algorithm design and actuator subsystems

Salary Range: 

  • $123,900 USD – $185,900 USD

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