Principal / Electrical Engineer: Lithium Ion Battery Engineering (Gilbert, AZ)

Northrop Grumman
January 5, 2023
Gilbert, AZ
Job Type


Requisition ID: R10049452

  • Category: Engineering
  • Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance Type: None
  • Telecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel Required: No
  • 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.

We have an opening for a Battery Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Gilbert, AZ.

In this role you will specify needed lithium-ion battery assets and support design, development, test, and delivery of the assets from an external supplier. Once received, support will include storage, handling, monitoring, and maintenance of the assets in our Battery Test Work Center (BTWC). You will design electrical equipment, facilities, and systems for standalone battery maintenance as well as on -orbit application.

While the position is considered normal working hours, some shift work may be required to support testing.

Required Skills

  • Responsible for technical, cost and schedule performance for a variety of space-flight battery development and procurement efforts via an external supplier.
  • Complete battery analysis to support selection of hardware and application on the spacecraft for on-orbit performance
  • Participate in pre-proposal cost and technical assessments. Participate in internal customer and external subcontract design reviews.
  • Participate in internal customer and external subcontract design reviews.
  • Assist in establishing written best practices, guidelines, procedures and instructions for proper handing and test of batteries on the ground and on orbit.
  • Perform routine technical functions related to the support of development engineering activities such as design, test, checkout, fabrication, modification, and assembly of electrical support equipment for battery testing.
  • Work from schematics, diagrams, written and verbal descriptions, layouts or defined plans to perform routine testing, checkout, troubleshooting, and simple developmental engineering tasks.
  • Performs routine operational tests on Lithium-Ion Batteries to ensure conformance with design specifications.
  • Diagnoses and isolate malfunctions during battery testing both on and off the spacecraft.

This position can be filled at either the Engineer (level 2) or Principal Engineer level (level 3).

Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field (preferably Electrical Engineering) with 2 yrs. of experience; or a Master’s Degree; or a PhD
  • Excellent record keeping and data organization skills
  • Experience leading hardware testing
  • Experience with troubleshooting and resolution of test anomalies
  • US Citizenship

Principal Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field (preferably Electrical Engineering) with 5 yrs. of experience; Master’s Degree with 3 yrs. of experience, or a PhD
  • Excellent record keeping and data organization skills
  • Experience leading hardware testing
  • Experience with troubleshooting and resolution of test anomalies
  • US Citizenship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some experience with building and maintaining databases (Microsoft Access or similar)
  • Experience with Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Experience managing inventory

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules: For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $71,100 USD - $106,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $87,600 USD - $131,400 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.

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