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Staff Systems Engineer- Satellite/Space Systems

Requisition ID: R10064432

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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 System Safety, Reliability, and Launch Integration (SSRaLI) group focuses on delivering our customers a product which is dependable, free from hazards, and integrated with the launch vehicle of their choice. As part of the Systems Engineering Services Directorate, SSRaLI supports all business areas, geographic locations, and product types in the Space Systems Division (SSD). Our expertise and duties include Range Safety, Hazard Identification & Mitigation, Reliability Prediction, and Launch Vehicle Provider Interfaces.

SSRaLI Engineers are responsible for developing key SE deliverables, and supporting/leading system safety activities (including ground safety, range safety, and flight safety) or launch integration activities for assigned programs. These efforts will include interacting as part of a multidisciplinary engineering team developing the space systems architecture (& constituent elements) for existing flight programs, as well as business concepts and proposals. Furthermore, these efforts may include launch campaign support at remote launch sites.

General responsibilities include:

Apply the systems engineering process to define and verify space vehicle and ground segment requirements to ensure safe operations and conduct analysis to architect and implement a safe and robust system.

Support space vehicle design/development to ensure that customer and internal goals for safety, mission success, and performance are met.

Work with cross-discipline team members and therefore must have excellent communication skills, presentation experience and the ability to work seamlessly with a diverse community of engineers to achieve the goals of the systems team.

Build consensus and resolve conflict over technical issues.

Launch Integration responsibilities include:

Define and verify space vehicle-to-launch vehicle interface requirements and support space-vehicle launch campaign management activities at a variety of launch sites (Kwajalein, Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg AFB, Baikonur, French Guiana, etc).

Manage interface with customer safety and launch integration personnel (NASA GSFC/LSP/JPL/ DoD/USSF/Commercial, etc), and support ground operations and launch mission working groups.

Interface with launch vehicle providers, including Antares, Space X (Falcon 9/Starship), United Launch Alliance (Vulcan/Atlas V), Rocket Lab (Electron/Neutron), Astra, etc. to ensure each space vehicle is integrated, tested, launched and operated safely and reliably.

Manage interfaces between internal engineering teams and external agencies (NASA GSFC/LSP/JPL/ DoD/USSF/Commercial, etc) to ensure accurate and timely coordination and transfer of technical data related to mechanical, electrical, and logistical launch interfaces.

Serve as the launch campaign operations lead at program launch sites.

System Safety Engineering (including ground, range, and flight safety) responsibilities include:

Perform fundamental aerospace safety tasking, including generation of fault trees, functional hazard analysis, FMEA/FMECA, software system safety analysis, sneak circuit analysis, bent pin analysis, and system/subsystem hazard analysis.

Interpret system requirements, customer specifications, and military standards to develop appropriate safety requirements for hazard mitigation or elimination.

Identify & analyze hazards, develop & implement appropriate hazard controls, and follow-through to ensure controls are appropriately implemented in training, designs, procurement, manufacturing, assembly, test, storage, and hazardous operations by personnel supporting assigned programs

Generate and update required System Safety documents, including SSPP, RHA, SCA, FTA, BPA, SSHA, SDP, SARs.

Apply environmental, military, federal, national, and industry regulatory safety standards and codes, including MIL-STD-882, NASA Standards (8719.9, 8719.17, 8719.12), AFSPCMAN 91-710, NIOSH, OSHA, NFPA, DOE, CFR, ASTM, ANSI, RCC, AFOSH, & PESHE.

Apply engineering principles to assess design compliance of a complex aerospace system and synthesize rationale and justification for Ground/Range/Flight Safety relief requests and product non-compliances.

Analyze existing Integration and Test processes to demonstrate customer and internal requirements are met for both safety and mission success, whether at the launch site, or at our facilities across the country.

Conduct system-level analyses to architect/design next-generation mission concepts (satellite servicing, space logistics, etc) to maximize mission success without compromising compliance with customer, government and internal flight safety requirements.

Reliability Engineering responsibilities include:

Develop, coordinate and conduct technical reliability, maintainability and availability studies and evaluations of engineering design concepts

Analyze preliminary plans and develop reliability and maintainability engineering programs to achieve company, customer and governmental agency reliability and maintainability objectives.

Perform reliability analyses (Reliability predictions, FMECAs, FTAs, etc), review Engineering Change

Proposals, and generate formal white papers and failure reports.

Develop reliability program growth plans and conduct reliability growth analysis.

Identify opportunities for improvement based on review of failure data and support development and implementation of system design improvements.

Identify Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) trends to identify and prioritize failure modes to investigate for corrective actions.

Review Part-Stress, Worst-Case, Part De-rating, and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) of hardware components

The location for this position is Dulles, VA but will consider Gilbert, AZ or Houston, TX.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.
  • 14 years of experience (or 12 years with a MS/M.ENG degree) in mission design, space or ground systems design, development, manufacture, test or operations, mission assurance, systems engineering or other related experience.
  • Knowledge of System Safety Engineering and Launch Integration practices.
  • Ability to read and interpret Engineering drawings/schematics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, technical writing experience, and an ability to perform oral presentations in front of large groups.
  • Ability to communicate findings to customers and management.
  • Analytical thinker with a demonstrated ability of solving complex problems which require ingenuity and innovation.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Launch operations experience
  • Development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes
  • Space system/mission analysis and design
  • Space system testing and evaluation (flight and ground testing)
  • Mission Operations for launch and spacecraft on-orbit test & verification commissioning
  • Usage of Agile/Atlassian tools, i.e. JIRA, Confluence, Mattermost, Rocketchat, etc. 
  • Experience conducting Reliability analyses and verification, to include experience with performing reliability predictions, FMECA (failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis), and fault tree analysis.
  • Experience with Windchill Quality Solutions (WQS) Reliability software


Salary Range: $156,000 USD - $234,000 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.