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Sr. Staff Systems Engineer Top Secret (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10067121

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • 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: 2

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 offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs.

Duties include contributing to and leading specific mission, ground, or space vehicle systems engineering activities.  This may include requirements flow down, management, and verification, generating complex specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities.  Tasks may also include harness interface design, Command and Telemetry database development, and space vehicle configuration modeling.  The candidate must be knowledgeable in aerospace systems, spacecraft subsystems design, and mission operations.  Advanced analyses relating to mission and technical problems may be required.  Position will also include responsibilities relating to integration, testing, and operational readiness of spacecraft and payloads.  The role may include interfacing with external customer technical representatives, internal engineering associates and program management and may also involve technical responsibility for subcontracted flight components.  Candidate may be called on to assist in new business activities such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies and may include authoring sections for both.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or higher in Aerospace Engineering or related field
  • 12 years experience in aerospace systems design, development, manufacture, test, or operations, including 5 years of technical or project leadership positions
  • Extensive technical experience in systems engineering and integration of space systems
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain SCI/SSBI
  • Ability to lead a system engineering team to develop system requirements
  • Ability to evaluate and adjust system requirements to best meet program objectives
  • Ability to develop and manage system interfaces to integrate multi-element systems
  • Ability to translate program objectives and customer requirements into system requirements
  • Ability to allocate requirements among multiple elements of an integrated space system
  • Review and approve SE developed artifacts
  • Mentor, guide, direct and advise junior staff
  • Recognized SE SME

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with system engineering requirement tools (Cradle, CORE or DOORS) and processes
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (Cameo)
  • Experience in requirements development and management processes
  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes
  • Experience in space system testing and evaluation (flight and ground testing)
  • Experience with various technical analysis tools such as MATLAB and STK
  • 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
  • Experience with Mission Operations for spacecraft
  • 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


Salary Range: $149,700 USD - $224,500 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.