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Mission Operations Development Manager 2 (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10072893

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

The Manager, Mission Operations Development (VA) reports to the Sr Manager, Mission Operations Development within the Integrated Operations Directorate, Tactical Space Division of Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS).  The Mission Operations Development group is responsible for development, testing and delivery of all operational products for NGSS-delivered space and ground systems.  Those could include space vehicle handbooks, operational procedures, command scripts, training material and any other contractually required operational products.  Additionally, the group plans, coordinates and executes mission simulations/rehearsals and compatibility tests and supports operations on-console or as advisors to customer operators.  The Mission Operations Development team has grown significantly into a geographically disperse unit that requires functional management presence at various locations.

The Manager, Mission Operations Development (VA):

  • Has functional responsibility for current and new staff, performance evaluations, and salary reviews. 
  • Has responsibility for managing within overhead budget constraints, and for supporting annual capital planning cycles.
  • Ensures personnel are properly trained to perform their assigned duties
  • Ensures the Mission Operations Development teams execute agreed upon scope within cost & schedule constraints
  • Ensures Mission Operations Development teams adhere to existing ISO-approved processes associated with Ops Product development and spacecraft operations.
  • Ensures proper processes are documented, trained, and followed.
  • Interfaces with external customers to maximize customer satisfaction.
  • Supports mission ops planning and execution for delivered systems.
  • Provides support to reviews & monthly reporting, action item track, task & resource management
  • Supports and enforces all Quality Assurance processes, procedures, and participates in periodic internal and/or external audits
  • Interfaces with Engineering and Site Leadership to ensure flow up and flow down of information
  • Maintains close coordination with the Sr Manager, Mission Operations Development and the rest of the Integrated Operations team to ensure standardization and efficiencies in process and execution

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or related STEM field
  • 10 years of experience with real-time satellite operations and mission planning
  • U.S. citizen
  • Ability to obtain Top Secret security clearance
  • Experience planning & executing on-orbit anomaly resolution
  • Experience with mission operations center and end-to-end ground system development
  • Experience with the development, validation, and configuration management of mission operations procedures, scripts, telemetry pages
  • Experience interfacing with external customers on a technical and programmatic level
  • Leadership/Management experience and/or training personnel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with earned value management and variance reporting
  • Experience as a Cost Account Manager, program manager, functional manager, or as the lead of a mission operations/ground systems lead
  • Experience developing and/or mentoring staff
  • Experience with the operation of a broad spectrum of space missions, including commercial GEO communications satellites, LEO / HEO science and exploration satellites
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance
  • Experience with command & control software
  • Experience with commercial and government antenna providers
  • Experience with Northrop Grumman Space Systems bus products

Salary Range: $143,500 USD - $215,300 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.