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Principal Systems Engineer – GEO Communications (Space/Satellite) Secret Clearance

Requisition ID: R10081168

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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 successful candidates for this position will work in a lead technical role for a space program in Dulles VA, in the NSS business area within the Space Systems Sector that include technical roles at the mission, segment, and component levels. They span the entire program life cycle from early concept studies, design development, system integration/test, launch and early operations, mission operations/sustainment, and system disposal.

This position will expose the candidate to equal parts technical competency, forward thinking ideas, and execution focus. This position requires a functional understanding of systems engineering as well as a basic understanding of space systems.

This Systems Engineering role is responsible for working the Systems Engineering technical team, which includes the following duties: systems analysis and trades, coordinating Vehicle Systems engineering activities, interface management, requirements/V&V management, subcontractor technical oversight, preparing/presenting SE material. The responsibilities include both individual-contributor and leadership roles, within a multi-disciplined engineering team.  In this role, the Systems Engineer is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to assist in design, analysis, and execution efforts.

The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the program team.


  • Analyze and interpret requirements and apply them to the design and development of a power architecture

  • Apply in-depth understanding of Geo-communication Satellites product line of NG or equivalent GEO-communication satellites.

  • Supports program staff in the analysis, investigation, and resolution of engineering electrical systems problems, subsystem requirements development, tasking, and schedule management as required by the program.

  • Complete subsystem trade studies for best application from a technical, schedule and cost

  • Cross-Collaborate with multiple development projects and team members to reach common solutions

  • Support Integration and Test at a spacecraft level

  • Support Mission Operations during launch of spacecraft

  • Develops and manages schedule and resources as required by the program

  • Effectively operate within a multi-discipline engineering team

  • Provide technical oversight to ensure the electrical system is compliant and verification

  • Evaluates and coordinates electrical system designs to ensure system- level requirements are met

  • Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required

  • Develops space vehicle level interface designs

  • Assistance in providing solutions to technical issues associated with specific projects


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 5 years of experience; M.S. in STEM or related area and 3 years of experience; or a PhD in STEM or related area with systems engineering experience in either Geo-communication Satellites product line of NG or equivalent GEO-communication satellites

  • Experience with a space development program

  • Must have US Citizenship with an active Secret Clearance

Preferred Experience (one or more areas desired):

  • Knowledge of various mission analysis techniques and software tools.

  • Understanding of Agile software development practices.

  • Requirements management using DOORS

  • Active or current TS/SCI Clearance

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.