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Sr Principal Systems Engineer – Top Secret Clearance Required (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10075674

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA   |  Dulles, VA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions 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.

This position will support the ESPAStar spacecraft product line as a Lead Payload Systems Engineer. The specific responsibilities of this position will be to manage the technical and functional interfaces of one or more hosted payload(s) to the bus system. Work products include Development of port-specific ICDs and managing giver-receiver materials, review and approval of bus accommodation documents, development of functional and performance test scripts with the payload vendor, identification and tailoring of mechanical and environmental constraints and requirements. Analysis roles include supporting the science, experiment, and mission planning for the payload. Position will evaluate mission performance and orbital operation of the payload(s). The Lead Payload Systems Engineer is a key member of a cross-disciplinary team driving technical execution throughout the entire program lifecycle culminating in the on-orbit delivery of a fully mission capable spacecraft to our customers! Come join our team and help us keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

More information about the unique and highly capable ESPAStar can be found here:

General Job Responsibilities:

  • Support program technical execution in accordance with Northrop Grumman Systems Engineering processes and best practices

  • Create system requirements and manages both requirement changes in the Requirements Management databases

  • Create and manage both original and revised specification/interface definition documents for a project and expedites documents through signature approval process

  • Create and manage the requirements verification methods and database provided to the customer, to ensure data products are current, as the system design/build matures, that it satisfies each system requirement

  • Create and modifiy project level management tracking reports

  • Participate and support proposal-writing efforts for Systems Engineering for a portion of a project

  • Provide data to and manage risk management (identifies potential risks and develops mitigation strategies)and trade study processes for a portion of a project

  • Create and manage changes to Functional/Logical/Physical Model of System Architecture descriptions

  • Create and manage System Representations

  • Participate in Configuration Control Board and helps define Technical Resource Budgets

  • Lead aspects of system design, analyses, interface verification, testing, major failure/anomaly resolution or mission operations

  • Create and manage changes to system or subsystem analytical models. Identify issues with model

  • Define and develop system and subsystem architectures(s), system physical views - system elements (blocks) and critical interfaces (internal and external)

  • Support and lead the testing and/or evaluation/validation of one or more components of a system or subsystem analytical model or actual system implementation

  • Direct and run existing system or subsystem analytical models and simulations to collect data

  • Prepare and present materials during System Requirement Review, System Functional Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and System Verification Review

  • Lead and prepare trade studies, system sensitivity studies, design optimization studies, system performance assessments, system design assessments, Operations Analysis work such as mission analysis and timelines and CONOPS development

  • Perform cost estimates and project planning for a portion of larger project

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 9 years of engineering experience or Masters degree in a STEM discipline and 7 years of engineering experience

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Clearance

  • Familiarity with space vehicle interfaces and subsystems

  • Ability to lead small teams to solve problems and meet tight schedules

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or active Top Secret Clearance with SCI

  • Engineering team leadership experience

  • Experience working on aircraft or spacecraft systems

  • Experience in system architecture, CONOPs, or model-based system engineering

  • Excellent communication Skills (upward and downward)

  • Experience with various technical tools such as CREO, Windchill, MATLAB, STK, CORE, DOORS, or CAMEO

  • Experience in any of the following areas is also desired:  orbital mechanics, orbital debris modeling, spacecraft attitude control, power systems and modeling, avionics or digital electronics design, risk analysis, optics, communications, rocket propulsion, thermal engineering, or spacecraft integration and testing

  • Knowledge of Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), and Human Factors is also desired.

  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS)



This position reports to Gilbert, AZ, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Dulles, VA, VA, USA.

Salary Range: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.