Flight Dynamics Manager 2 Systems Engineering (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: 21007593

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today. The Flight Dynamics Manager will serve as the management and technical focal for cybersecurity efforts across Tactical Space Systems (TSS), a division in Northrop Grumman’s Space Sector. In addition to directly supporting multiple space programs, the manager will supervise a diverse, geographically distributed team of ~15 (and growing) personnel supporting flight dynamics and related systems engineering efforts.  This Manager receives general strategic, business, and administrative direction from a Director of Systems Engineering and has the authority to make system engineering decisions and recommendations that have a far-reaching impact on numerous new business, design, development and mission operations support activities. The selected candidate is expected to be self-directed and leverage previous experience to effectively lead a department responsible for flight dynamics efforts in multiple business units, including Civil & Commercial Satellites and National Security Systems. As the SE functional lead for flight dynamics, the prospective candidate should have extensive knowledge of industry practices and standards in the discipline, and will be expected not only to lead and perform program activities, but also to mentor staff to grow our collective expertise and mature the world-class capabilities in the department. If needed, the senior manager is expected to task the senior staff to ensure that the rest of the team is mentored appropriately. The candidate should have ample experience across the full program lifecycle, from concept development through operations. The functional and personnel management duties are expected to be at a roughly 10-15% level of effort, with higher levels required during annual reviews and other personnel milestones. Thus, the selected individual will be expected to perform a significant amount of direct program and/or proposal support.  RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • General/Management responsibilities include:
    • Lead technical staff planning, assignments, career development, performance assessments, and compensation management activities for the assigned Systems Engineering staff
    • Coach, support and motivate a high-performing Systems Engineering team
    • Lead SE peer reviews as well as support formal program and proposal reviews
    • Set and promote high standards for quality and safety; foster engagement for technical excellence
    • Direct and review the work of SE staff, ensuring its completeness, accuracy, and adherence to established NG systems engineering processes and technical procedures
    • Identify the SE skills & experience needed for program execution and lead the recruiting, hiring, and training of new staff
    • Support new business development, including review of technical and cost volumes, detailed Basis of Estimates (BOE) using established Work Breakdown Structures and related new business activities
    • Direct and coordinate the development of system requirements and specifications for various systems through multiple program phases
    • Support pre-proposal analysis, proposal development, mission and systems analysis, specification and interface development, design review, testing, problem resolution, and customer interactions
    • Support space vehicle design/development to ensure that customer and internal goals for mission success and performance are met
    • Support program Engineering Configuration Change Boards (CCB), Corrective Action Boards (CAB), and Failure Review Boards (FRB), as required
    • Identify technical issues, propose solution options, and follow through to resolve the issues with minimal supervision
    • Interface with internal and external customers and associates in engineering, integration and test, safety and mission assurance, and program management
    • Prepare weekly status reports and periodic technical reports for senior management to document individual and collective status on program(s) and pursuit(s).
    • Support EVMS baseline generation, tracking/maintenance, and variance analysis (as required)
    • Perform related management duties as assigned by a Director of Systems Engineering or the Engineering VP
 
  • Flight Dynamics responsibilities include:
    • Perform pre-mission orbital analyses for satellite missions in a variety of orbit regimes (e.g. LEO, HEO, GEO, Cis-lunar)
    • Design, analyze, and implement mission-specific launch windows
    • Coordinate with launch vehicle providers to define the requirements for the separation trajectory, separation attitude, and post-separation vehicle safety
    • Define and generate mission sequence of events (SOE) documents
    • Perform propellant budgeting analyses, on-orbit fuel requirements, and mission lifetime estimates
    • Participate in mission rehearsals to simulate orbital analysis tasks performed in operations
    • Perform maneuver planning and optimization analyses
    • Perform orbit determination analyses to specify tracking system parameters, define the orbital state, and predict orbital events
    • Plan and provide operational support for orbit transfer and stationkeeping maneuvers
    • Analyze satellite and constellation access, coverage, lifetime, and additional trade studies
    • Perform satellite rendezvous and proximity operations planning and analyses
    • Support Concept of Operations (ConOps) development
    • Support requirements development, generation of specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities. 
    • Assist in New Business activities such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies, which may include authoring sections for both
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This Manager 2 role requires functional personnel management of 15-20 systems engineers and/or related subject-matter experts (and growing).  NoVASpace

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Systems or Aerospace Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience (or 10 years with a Master’s degree) in astrodynamics analyses, mission design, space or ground systems design, development, test or operations.
  • Significant expertise and experience with satellite astrodynamics analyses and mission design practices (orbit determination, ephemeris generation, perturbation analysis, maneuver planning, and error analysis)
  • Experience with modern computational and satellite mission analysis software (e.g. Matlab, STK, ODTK, Python, C#, C/C++, Visual Basic, etc.). 
  • Understanding of issues in scientific and numerical computing and developing simulations of physical systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships are a must
  • 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
  • Self-starter capable of performing assigned tasks with very little or no direction
  • Analytical thinker with a demonstrated ability of solving complex problems which require ingenuity and innovation
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to review presentations, emails, white papers, trade studies, vendor analyses and reports for content and accuracy
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Functional engineering management in aerospace
  • System engineering requirement/verification tools and processes
  • System architecture and CONOPS development
  • 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)
  • Personnel development, performance assessments, mentoring and conflict resolution
  • U.S Citizenship with current or active Top Secret/ SCI Clearance




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