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Senior / Principal Electrical Engineer – Space/Satellite Systems (Gilbert, AZ)

Requisition ID: R10062369

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

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

Senior Principal Electrical Engineer duties and responsibilities:


  • Design electronic circuits with digital and analog functionality for spacecraft applications
  • Select components with suitable radiation qualities
  • Interact with other team members and software group to determine interfaces and operating characteristics
  • Lead the effort to incorporate a wide range of technologies and design architectures into a variety of Northrop Grumman satellite systems
  • With general direction, plan, prepare and complete all design and development activities and provide technical oversight to junior engineers
  • Participate in or lead design reviews
  • Perform deep dive reviews for peers
  • Work with fabrication team on board layout and build. Define layout constraints and provide oversight to board layout personnel
  • Support board through manufacturing of breadboards, engineering models, and flight units
  • Select parts, identify alternate parts, and help resolve issues at the part level
  • Designs avionics systems in assigned area by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles


  • Based on specific stated objectives perform analysis of complex avionics
  • Perform all detailed analysis and follow up to assure compliance with all technical, program and contractual requirements
  • Analyzes avionics systems in assigned area by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles


  • Generate documentation and review packages for flight boards
  • Develop performance specification
  • Without detailed direction, decompose system level requirements and related performance criteria to the avionics box, card and FPGA level

Test and Support

  • Develop a detailed test programs to evaluate avionics in accordance with stated requirements
  • Test and debug boards. Bench level verification of board functionality. Work either individually or as part of a team to develop test procedures and hardware to verify breadboards, engineering models, and flight units
  • Support delivery of board to box-level assembly, including testing and debug


  • Provide inputs for technical, cost and schedule performance
  • Participate in pre-proposal cost and technical assessments
  • Effectively operate within a multi-discipline engineering team
  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings


  • Mentor junior engineers to help them understand design practices & processes

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field
  • Minimum of 9 years of related experience (7 years with Master's)
  • U.S. citizen

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive technical expertise, including full knowledge of other related disciplines
  • Experience developing technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity
  • Able to perform work without appreciable direction. Comfortable exercising considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment
  • Able to create and review designs taking into consideration long- term company objectives
  • Experience guiding the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role
  • Held roles where erroneous decisions or recommendations could result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives
  • Held roles representing a project as the prime technical including main contracts and subcontracts
  • Experience interacting with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations
  • Experience with Requirements Verification using DOORS
  • Schematic Entry
  • Circuit analysis (Worst Case (WCA), Part Stress (PSA), Failure modes and Effects (FMEA), Signal Integrity (SI), Timing, Radiation)
  • Lab experience that includes testing and working with test equipment
  • Solid background and understanding of digital design
  • Power system design experience (Solar Array, Battery, Power Distribution)
  • Understanding of mixed signal circuit design - Familiarity with spaceflight electronics development
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A passion for space and space technology

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:


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: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.