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Chief Engineer – (Space/Satellite) Top Secret – 30k Sign-on Bonus

Requisition ID: R10073531

  • 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.

$30,000.00  sign-on bonus will be available for eligible and qualified candidates

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector, Tactical Space Division in Dulles, VA and Colorado Springs, CO, seeks a qualified and experienced Staff Systems Engineer. This candidate will serve as deputy to the program Chief Engineer for a space-to-ground communications network.

The candidate must be mission execution and end-user focused with extensive experience in practical systems engineering techniques and will immediately apply them to multiple US Government stakeholders. The candidate will provide both technical and programmatic leadership for networked communications systems that feature high-reliability communications support to multiple national security missions. Experience with both operations and sustainment of ground-based systems and space-based national security payloads and interfaces is strongly preferred.

The candidate must have experience with the following: architecture development, systems analysis, requirements and interface management, and Engineering Review Board representation over total systems lifecycle. Direct experience must include client collaboration with CONOPS, capability development, system design, design verification, system-of-systems integration, and system sustainment. The candidate must have exceptional problem solving abilities, troubleshooting expertise, and be able to drive challenging technical issues to resolution to meet customer and mission-critical timelines. Leadership skills include the ability to help guide the program through a culture transition that will be based on systems engineering rigor.


  • Ability to define/review electromechanical and RF & Digital communication designs and ensure that requirements are met for cost, schedule, and technical performance.

  • IPT leadership and coordination with multi-discipline functional organizations as well as internal and external stakeholders.

  • Preparation and presentation of mixed technical and project management topics to senior leadership and senior technical advisors.

  • Superior written and verbal communication is mandatory.

  • Broad systems development experience and understanding of the DoD, Intelligence Community, and their missions is desirable.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 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. 

  • Technical leadership experience including total lifecycle, integrated product-team, and Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) leadership.

  • Experience working on programs that have implemented Agile methodologies such as Kanban or Scrum

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering for requirements and architecture management (DOORS and Cameo Systems Modeler preferred).

  • Experience developing planning, training, and technical briefings for wide ranging audiences including technician, engineer, sub-contractor, client, executive leadership.

  • Must be a US citizen with an active Top Secret / SCI

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Broad systems development experience to include first-article concept development and operational deployment of new systems.

  • Robust understanding of both the operations and sustainment of ground-based government communications systems and their interactions with national security space payloads and missions.

  • Experience in the Space Domain / Space Vehicles, subsystems and components.

  • Prior experience in leadership as the prime contractor directing and coordinating execution of multiple sub-contractors toward an integrated solution.

  • Prior experience with Cost Account Management and EVMS oversight for multi-phased development projects is preferred.

  • Cross-domain technical experience including RF communications, space-to-ground communications, network engineering, and electrical/mechanical systems.

  • Experience designing and executing cross-functional trade studies using requirements-based criteria assessments.

  • Certified as an INCOSE CSEP or ESEP

  • On-orbit support is preferred.

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.