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Principal/Sr. Principal Satellite and Ground Systems Operator – TS/SCI Required

Requisition ID: R10082224

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Fairfax, 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Principal/Sr. Principal Satellite and Ground Systems Operator to join a cross-discipline, specialty operations and engineering team located in Fairfax, VA.


This individual will be responsible for: mission planning, system problem/anomaly resolution, data trending, operational product performance analyses. The team also provides program expertise on subsystems engineering and maintains a baseline of operational products for a highly complex system. This candidate will have an active role in shaping the basis of how to execute planning, operations and collections, and they should be a self-starter who has a passion for space and teamwork.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Supporting augmented shifts

  • Supporting a potential 24x7 operations throughout the flight demonstration phase of a complex space system.

  • Providing mission planning expertise to maintain spacecraft/payload and ground system health.

  • Developing and enhancing operational procedures, scripts, tools and processes.

  • l Investigating and diagnosing unexpected system signatures.

  • l Supporting the coordination and execution of system maintenance tasks across multiple contractor organizations including customer and external system partners.

  • Providing training and support to customer personnel and the development of TTPs for the system Candidate must be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic team environment and work under general direction while independently determining and developing approaches to solutions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • For Principal- Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) with 5+ years' experience in a related engineering field, such as: mechanical, electrical, aerospace and/or operations, or Master's degree in STEM discipline with 2+ years of related experience, a PhD; or 9+ years of related experience in lieu of degree.

  • For Sr. Principal- Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) with 9+ years' experience in a related engineering field, such as: mechanical, electrical, aerospace and/or operations, or Master's degree in STEM discipline with 7+ years of related experience, a PhD with 4+ years of related experience; or 13+ years of related experience in lieu of degree.

  • Knowledge and experience in satellite operations and/or ground systems with activities including command and control, mission planning and ground system operations

  • Knowledge with use of Linux-based Operating Systems

  • Current Top Secret clearance with SCI.

  • Experience interacting closely with customers in an operational environment.

  • Experience supporting mission simulations, scripting, rehearsals and system verification activities.

  • Experience with troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and performing analysis on operational systems.

  • Ability to develop and maintain operational procedures, products and training materials.

  • Ability to work odd and/or extended hours covering a 24/7 period and periodic rotating shifts'

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity/exposure to orbital mechanics/Astrodynamics.

  • Experience with rendezvous and proximity operations or formation flight.

  • Familiar with Astrodynamics tools such as System Tool Kit (STK), FreeFlyer NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), Orbit Determination Toolbox (ODTBX).

  • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages/tools: MATLAB, Python, SIMULINK, and Bash Scripting

  • Knowledge of KRATOS Compass software

  • Basic knowledge of RF Communications Systems

  • Prior aerospace-related work experience for a U.S Government Agency or Contractor.

  • Familiarity with satellite subsystems to include attitude control, power management, thermal control, propulsion, command and data handling or flight/ground software.


Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $129,700 USD - $194,500 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.