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

Requisition ID: R10067503

  • 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, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems Division (TSSD) designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific exploration, and national security space applications. The Group is also a leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

This position will support the ESPAStar spacecraft product line as a Space Segment Lead, also referred to as a Vehicle Engineer (VE) in Gilbert, AZ. The VE functions as the technical lead for their mission specific ESPAStar spacecraft, reporting up to the product line Chief Engineer, Lead Systems Engineer, and Mission Program Manager. The VE leads a cross-disciplinary team and is responsible for 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 platform can be found here:

Job Responsibilities:

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

  • Be self-directed while leveraging your technical and leadership skills to bring Platform, Payload, and Launch Vehicle Interfaces together to produce a spacecraft meeting contractual and mission requirements

  • Function as the primary technical interface for customers, program management, product line engineering leadership, mission assurance, subsystem engineering, payload engineering, and launch vehicle integration teams

  • Recognize and mitigate space-segment technical issues and risks

  • Lead the team through major program milestone and readiness reviews

  • Preside over mission specific engineering review boards, change control boards, and risk management reviews

  • Drive the planning, design, and execution of testing strategies to exercise spacecraft functionality, measure performance, and verify survivability in the extreme launch and space environments (Dynamics, TVAC, and EMI/EMC)

  • Directly support the Launch and On-orbit operations campaign for your designated mission at the launch site and Mission Operations Center

  • Author and provide input to major program data products and other deliverables

  • Support other product line level activities, including architecture studies, mission support, and other traditional Systems Engineering functions

  • Aid process improvement initiatives, and incorporate lessons learned to continue to strengthen the ESPAStar product line

  • Lead by example and be willing to mentor, coach, train, guide, direct and advise junior staff

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 9 years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline and 7 years of engineering experience OR PhD Degree in a STEM discipline and 5 years of engineering experience

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

  • Background in systems engineering to include architectural studies, technical baseline definition, requirements & interface management, hardware/software integration, test planning & execution, or operational support

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active or current Top Secret clearance with SCI/SSBI

  • Recognized systems engineering subject matter expert (SME)

  • Experience working on aircraft or spacecraft systems

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

  • Experience with various technical tools such as 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

  • 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: $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.