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Sr. Principal Engineer Systems – SE Thread Lead (Space/Satellite)

Requisition ID: R10063367

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.


Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems is seeking a Sr Principal Systems Engineer. This position will be located in Dulles, VA and will support Tactical Space Systems Division in their development and deployment of satellite ground software to customer resources. This Systems Engineer will lead a small thread team comprised of Systems Engineers.  As a Systems Engineering Thread Lead, you will be the owner of all capabilities allocated to your respective thread, coordinating the various internal program and external task order contributors through the capability’s definition, decomposition, implementation, and verification processes. This position may be performed virtually and relocation may be available.

What You’ll Get to Do:

In this hands-on working leadership role, the Systems Engineering Thread Lead will be responsible for:

  • coordinating and combining like capabilities within your thread, striving for common solutions within the thread

  • providing “product line” perspective to their thread team

  • ensuring your thread is consistent with the overarching system architecture and design, and to continuously evaluate the portions of the architecture supported by their thread for quality and the other “-ilities”

  • becoming the “subject matter expert” for your thread

  • coordinating your thread team’s activities with other Thread Leads and other functional groups across the broader organization

  • coordinating your team’s requirements analysis, definition, and decomposition activities

  • developing system level design artifacts to enable the software design, implementation, and testing of a capability

  • scheduling internal program and external task order reviews for capability decomposition and verification signoff activities

  • support the maintenance and execution of internal program system engineering process

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Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 9 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 7 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 4 years of experience with a PhD

  • Either a working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes; experience operating SVs or working knowledge of and/or application of aerospace engineering principles

  • Demonstrated experience quickly learning new concepts and approaches

  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem-solving skills and Systems thinking mindset

  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI clearance

  • Experience with requirements analysis, definition, and decomposition

  • Familiarity with space ground software and operations

  • Experience with Agile development

  • Familiarity with Model-Based Systems Engineering languages (SysML/UML) and concepts

  • Differentiating characteristics include demonstrated leadership and teamwork capability, interpersonal communication skills and activities (professional/community/extracurricular) and an enthusiastic go getter attitude

  • Effectively communicate and present to project and program management, other technical managers, and customers


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.