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Sr. Staff Mission Systems Architect – Civil & Commercial Space

Requisition ID: R10068398

  • 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: 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.

Join the Tactical Space Systems Division Mission Systems Engineering organization in a strategic role within the Civil and Commercial Space (CCS) business area as a Sr. Staff Mission Systems Architect to support exciting space flight programs designed to further scientific, robotic, or human exploration in Low Earth Orbit and beyond at our Dulles, VA campus or our Gilbert, AZ campus.  These roles are responsible for leading mission concept development, customer interfacing, and strategic roadmap creation and implementation. 

As a Mission Systems Architect within the Tactical Space Systems Division, you will have the opportunity to support exciting programs such as the TESS program whose technology has already discovered over 20 exoplanets outside our solar system, the NASA Artemis mission that will be sending humans, including the first female, back to the lunar surface, or the MEV Spacecraft that is transforming infrastructure in space with the development and deployment of next gen robotics and mission extension capabilities.  Help shape the future of Space exploration as an integral part of the of the Northrop Grumman team.

Our main business locations include, but are not limited to Dulles, VA, Gilbert, AZ and Redondo Beach, CA.  There is flexibility on work locations near other NG locations.

The Systems Engineer provides technical solutions to a wide range of complex and difficult problems and contributes to the completion of specific programs and projects.  Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with business objectives.  The Systems Engineer also provides strong leadership to multi-disciplined technical teams. 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to all or selected segments for the SE Integrated Team in a leadership capacity

  • Support the development of space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts

  • Conceive and develop solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems

  • Technical management of major bus subcontracted program elements

  • Support and provide value-added feedback within contractual space segment technical reviews

  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports

  • Lead, plan, and manage mission utilization of complex space systems and capabilities, including mission system element design, capability assessment, mission threads, interfaces, verification/validation planning, and mission integration functions during system development.

  • Perform system-of-system trades, modeling, simulation, and analysis to assess space mission architecture alternatives for delivering a customer mission effect, data or capability as it fits within a broader campaign.

  • Perform analysis-of-alternatives and synthesizes mission elements to lead to a cohesive space mission solution. Space mission architecture trades may include orbits, launch vehicles, space vehicles, payloads, ground segment, mission planning, Concepts of Operations (CONOPS), Design Reference Missions (DRM), system security and external interfaces.

  • Perform system analysis, design optimization, system performance assessments, and operations analysis work in support of integrated mission analysis for current and potential customers. 

  • Track and present Measures of Performance, Measures of Effectiveness and define other metrics to ensure capabilities meet customer needs and objectives.  

  • Understand and communicate operational mission requirements to engineering teams, business executives, customers, suppliers, and teammate organizations.

Successful candidates will lead strategic initiatives with direct interaction with Division executives and be part of a team that demonstrates an attitude and approach founded in the following key characteristics:

  • Mission Objective Driven

  • Customer Intimacy

  • Simultaneous Focus on Short Term Objectives and Long-Term Imperatives

  • Solutions Oriented, Driven, Creative, Problem Solver

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be a US citizen and a Bachelor's Degree in STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related technical field and a minimum of 14 years of applicable experience, or a Master's Degree and 12 years of applicable experience

  • Experience in Low Earth Orbit or deep space, scientific, robotic, or human-rated architectures, planning, command and control, and operations

  • Experience communicating operational mission requirements and interfaces to space, payload and/or ground system engineering teams

  • Strong team leadership skills and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with space avionics and power systems

  • Experience with electrostatics and magnetic fields associated with the Earth’s upper atmosphere

  • CONOPS development for Space Missions involving end-to-end mission data threads

  • Prior experience conducting system analysis, design optimization, and or system performance assessments involving Command and Data Handling, power distribution systems, structures and mechanisms, thermal control, RF communications, or attitude determination and control systems

  • Proficient in the use of the requirement development and management tool DOORS

  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents

  • Experience in avionics system testing and evaluation

  • Knowledge in any of the following areas: Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), or Human Factors


Salary Range: $173,300 USD - $259,900 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.