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Space Principal Systems Engineer/Space Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – Flight Dynamics (Up to $15k in sign-on bonus for eligible candidates!)

Requisition ID: R10073619

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Our Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) organization provides complex subsystems and defense electronics. As a member of the SEIT team, a Flight Dynamics engineer gains a deep understanding of how our systems architecture design process meets our mission level goals.

This position can be hired as either a Principal Systems Engineer or Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, depending on qualifications and years of experience. This position is located at our Rolling Meadows, IL location.  Tasking can include:

  • creating and refining Model Based System Engineering products (System behavioral models, Use Case realizations, State Machines, etc.)
  • generation and update of specifications in DOORS, including requirements traceability
  • capability assessments to predict requirement compliance
  • functional algorithm development
  • risk assessment and burn down of mitigation steps
  • generating and reporting system Technical Performance Measures
  • presenting analysis that shapes the system design and obtaining end-customer buy-in

As a part of the SEIT team, a Systems Design engineer is exposed to the front end Systems Engineering process and coordinates across many disciplines to ensure that the system description and requirements are properly and thoroughly defined, captured, and meet the mission need for the end customer.

Basic Qualifications:

  • For Principal Systems Engineer, BS degree in Aerospace Engineering or related technical degree with 5+ years (or MS and 3+ years, or PhD and 0 years) related experience
  • For Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, BS degree in Aerospace Engineering or related technical degree with 9+ years (or MS and 7+ years, or PhD and 4+ years) related experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Active or Current Top Secret Clearance is required to be considered
  • Must have ability to obtain SCI level accesses

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of orbital mechanics, dynamics and controls, rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), orbit determination, and attitude planning
  • Knowledgeable in orbit planning in LEO, GEO and cislunar regimes
  • Experience in sensor selection and algorithm design to support space vehicle navigation
  • Knowledgeable in space systems design and mission planning
  • Knowledgeable in the use of COTS tools such as AGI’s Systems Tool Kit (STK) and Orbital Determination Tool Kit (ODTK)
  • Full life cycle experience developing, integrating, and deploying space systems
  • Working knowledge of DOORS
  • Recent experience in requirements allocation & derivation and verification traceability
  • Model Based System Engineering experience, especially using Cameo
  • Agile development experience, including use of Atlassian products
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Active Top Secret Clearance with SCI & polygraph

additional $10k sign-on bonus for selected candidates who possess an ACTIVE TS/SCI clearance, and an additional $5k sign-on bonuses to selected candidates who possess an active Polygraph!

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Salary Range: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. 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.