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Staff Engineer Satellite Systems (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10080339

  • 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: Not Applicable (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.

Operations Team Flight Controller/Mission Planner/Ground Systems Engineer

Essential Functions:

This position is for a full-time technical role in Dulles, VA.  The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Act as a ground systems engineer in support of the ICESat2 Satellite program particularly with respect to ongoing Tech Refresh efforts.
  • Support update of Test Plans and Test Procedures for any new features or updates to the ground system
  • Interface with ground system subcontractor in support of the rolling tech refresh effort
  • Provide mission operations support to the ICESat2 Satellite program including flight control and mission planning.
  • Support system maintenance activities such as procedure updates, architecture upkeep, and formal program milestones. 
  • Work with systems engineers to conduct anomaly review board investigations as necessary. 
  • Conduct testing using simulators and resolve discrepancies. 
  • Develop and test command procedures, telemetry pages, and other products derived from vendor provided documentation
  • Support operations readiness activities including configuration control board and other customer meetings
  • Support operations, including shift work
  • Monitor vehicle state of health across all subsystems and perform short and long-term telemetry trending. 
  • Track space vehicle configuration, to include both hardware, software, and configurable item parameters. 
  • Make modifications to existing operations procedures to incorporate lessons learned from in-flight performance.  Develop new procedures as required. 
  • Provide status reporting through both the functional and program reporting branches.
  • Maintain standards associated with the established Integrated/Developmental Operations functional group processes.
  • Support internal and external customer meetings through proficient verbal and documented (MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Excel) communications.
  • May require travel ~ 10% of the time for support of customer or backup mission operations center. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or related STEM discipline
  • Minimum of 14 years of related experience
  • U.S. citizen
  • Ability to work within a group of diversified individuals with varying backgrounds to achieve mission success.
  • Experience writing technical documents for external customers
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills, including ability to make persuasive presentations to external customers at milestone reviews
  • Possess a working knowledge of ground system hardware
  • Experience with writing or updating of ground system test plans and procedures

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lead a diverse team of engineers/operators
  • Knowledge and experience with PERL programming language
  • Experience with writing ground system test plans and procedures from scratch
  • Experience with Front End Processors and Encryptors
  • Experience with both Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Provide mentoring, guidance and manage tasks for the operations team.
  • Ability to task and manage a group of diversified individuals with varying backgrounds to achieve mission success.
  • Prior experience conducting on-orbit mission operations and resolving satellite and ground system anomalies.
  • Experience working with mission operations and customer organizations of NASA Goddard Customer
  • Experience with the LEOStar Bus
  • Experience working on government systems and/or government process environment
  • Experience with at least one S/C Subsystem (ADCS, CDH, COMM, EPDS, Thermal, FSW).
  • Prior experience with ITOS ground control software
  • Experience with the IC2 ground system


Salary Range: $141,800 USD - $207,800 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.