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Manager Systems Engineering 1- Top Secret (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10073737

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, 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: 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 selected manager will be the lead for interns and early-career staff in Mission Systems Engineering organization located in Dulles, VA.  Responsible for managing early-career technical personnel assigned to a department (approximate staff size of 15), as well as ensuring appropriate training and support to these team members who support National Security (NSS) and Space Security Systems (SPS) programs.  Includes all aspects of staff management, including recruiting, hiring, onboard, training, coaching/mentoring, career development, performance management, compensation management and separation of assigned employees.  The manager will also design and run the intern program for selected students that will support NSS or SPS programs.  In addition, the candidate will be a Systems Engineer or Technical leader on programs in the NSS or SPS business area; the split between direct (programs) and indirect (functional) is approximately 80%/20%.


  • Regarding program assignments, the candidate will be responsible for technical requirements and execution of pre-proposal engineering efforts, proposal development, design and development, design reviews, technical documentation, pro-planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. 
  • Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. 
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule and cost constraints. 
  • Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Strong experience in Systems Engineering for space, ground or mission critical applications
  • Bachelor's of Science degree in technical field with 5+ years of experience; or Master's of Science degree in technical field with 3+ years of experience
  • 1-2 years' experience leading, supporting and operating
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in technical field
  • Supervisory experience


Salary Range: $119,600 USD - $179,400 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.