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Northrop Grumman Mechanical Design Engineering Manager 1 in Devens, Massachusetts


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications.


Reporting to the Xinetics Engineering Manager, the Mechanical Design Engineering Manager 1 will collaborate across various AOX business areas to develop and enhance critical technical capabilities that drive our business. The successful candidate will work closely with their team and business area leaders to develop engineering talent, tools, and processes, as well as work closely with manufacturing, quality, and program management to deliver high-quality product in a team oriented, customer focused, high-growth and highly-technical work environment. We are looking for a successful leader with exceptional people skills, one who is valued by employees and customers alike. Our ideal candidate has developed teams, can influence and motivate for maximum performance, and has excellent written/verbal and presentation skills.

This position is a dual role encompassing both people and individual contributor project/technical leadership.


  • Perform individual mechanical design work 50-75% of the time

  • Lead the technical design and product development work of 8 to 15 Xinetics mechanical engineers

  • Ensure Mechanical Engineering work product is in compliance with ASME Y14.100, the AOX Quality Management System and AOX policies

  • Support Human Resources/Talent Acquisition with recruiting/sourcing goals

  • Performance Management – coaching, employee engagement, development, career planning, mentoring, etc.

  • Support new business activities; provide ME estimates, proposal inputs, support planning/schedule efforts

  • Travel as needed to customer locations to support design and program reviews

  • Attend meetings, seminars, symposiums and trade shows as required

  • Assess, develop, and implement continuous design improvement processes and compliance

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • 9+ years of mechanical design experience – specifically Space systems opto-mechanical and optical mount design expertise including adaptive optics, fast steering mirrors, gimbal systems, jitter/beamwalk controls, deformable mirrors, and silicon carbide structures (adhesives/bonding techniques)

  • 3+ years of experience in a supervisory/management role, including technical leadership and performance/career development within a Dept of Defense(DoD), Space, Aerospace and/or Precision Device/Structure product development manufacturing environment

  • Proven technical achievements along with demonstrated successes in engineering supervisory and project management roles

  • Possess leadership skills to develop, organize and execute engineering activities, including building teams, and assessing technical performance

  • Experience preparing and executing detailed program reviews; developing and managing engineering processes and standards; coordinating engineering services, infrastructure and tools; and planning and development of engineering budgets and staffing

  • Maintains a positive and professional working environment

  • Possess superior analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to gain internal support, operate independently with limited supervision and feedback, and the ability to establish a solid working relationship with technical staff, division managers, and peers in the business areas

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and presentation skills

  • Advanced Solidworks skills (or similar 3D engineering modeling software)

  • Advanced MS Office skills

  • US Citizenship is a requirement for employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Business Management

  • Active Secret or Top Secret Clearance

Physical Requirements:

  • Travel up to 10% of the time domestic/international as required

  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time and light physical effort required

Salary Range: $1.00 - $1.00

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.

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 most positions.

We are a pioneering company.

With careers across all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space – our 90,000 employees work as one to defend and define the future. Northrop Grumman careers and internships are as varied as your interests, with a lifetime of potential that will give you every opportunity to do your best work. Working together with people from many backgrounds, personal passions and disciplines, we share a drive to push the boundaries of science, technology and engineering to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide.