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Staff Systems Engineer – (Space/Satellite) Top Secret Top Secret

Requisition ID: R10067625

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector, Tactical Space Division in Dulles, VA, seeks a qualified and experienced Staff Systems Engineer. This candidate will serve as deputy to the Chief Engineer for Space Domain Awareness programs.

Key responsibilities consist of providing backup technical support to the Chief Engineer and include:

  • Provide major support to the entire program technical team

  • Optimize space vehicle design, processing, and mission success

  • Troubleshoot and develop solutions to complex problems that the program may encounter

  • Develop, author, and provide input to major program data products and other deliverables

  • Technical management of program elements

  • Plan and manage technical reviews and the technical baseline

  • Write status and technical performance reviews and reports

  • Mentor, train, and direct junior staff

Candidates will also demonstrate an attitude and approach founded in the following key characteristics:

  • Schedule Driven

  • Data Driven

  • Simultaneous Focus on Short Term Objectives and Long Term Imperatives

  • Can-Do, Solutions Oriented, High Energy, Problem Solver

  • Information and Team Integrator

  • Decisive, Closure-Driver

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.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top Secret level clearance, SCI eligible.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 14+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 12+ years of experience; or a PhD and 9+ years of experience. 

  • Experience working medium size or larger Government programs

  • Experience leading failure review boards and anomaly investigations

  • Experience leading a team of engineers

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills (verbal and written)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 10yrs of direct experience with Space systems

  • Worked in the Space Domain Awareness arena

  • Current Program access

  • Exposure to GeoStar-1 programs

  • Knowledge of aerospace environmental testing standards

  • Experience with spacecraft design, development integration and test

  • Experience with ground segment design, development, and sustainment

  • Established network of contacts in other NG divisions/sectors/programs

  • Experience with mission sustainment, evolution, and mission assurance processes

  • CAM experience

  • Proposal experience

  • Experience with customer interactions

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.