Mission Operations Development Manager – Tactical Space Systems

Requisition ID: 20024950

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles
  • 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: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • 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 Manager, Mission Operations Development reports to the Sr Manager, Mission Operations Development within the Integrated Operations Directorate, Tactical Space Division of Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS). The Mission Operations Development group is responsible for development, testing and delivery of all operational products for NGSS-delivered space and ground systems. Those could include space vehicle handbooks, operational procedures, command scripts, training material and any other contractually required operational products. Additionally, the group plans, coordinates and executes mission simulations/rehearsals and compatibility tests and supports operations on-console or as advisors to customer operators. The Mission Operations Development team has grown significantly into a geographically disperse unit that requires functional management presence at various locations. The Manager, Mission Operations Development:
  • Has functional responsibility for current and new staff, performance evaluations, and salary reviews.
  • Has responsibility for managing within overhead budget constraints, and for supporting annual capital planning cycles.
  • Ensures personnel are properly trained to perform their assigned duties
  • Ensures the Mission Operations Development teams execute agreed upon scope within cost & schedule constraints
  • Ensures proper processes are documented, trained, and followed.
  • Interfaces with external customers to maximize customer satisfaction.
  • Supports mission ops planning and execution for delivered systems.
  • Provides support to reviews & monthly reporting, action item track, task & resource management
  • Supports and enforces all Quality Assurance processes and procedures
  • IT security: Maintaining current IT security standards as well as strategizing means to adapt to changes in IT security requirements and strategies.
  • Maintains close coordination with the Sr Manager, Mission Operations Development and the rest of the Integrated Operations team to ensure standardization and efficiencies in process and execution.

Basic Qualifications
  • BS in Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and 10 years of experience with real-time satellite operations and mission planning with Bachelors; or MS in Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and 8 years of experience with real-time satellite operations and mission planning
  • Experience planning & executing on-orbit anomaly resolution
  • Experience with mission operations center and end-to-end ground system development
  • Experience with the development, validation, and configuration management of mission operations procedures, scripts, telemetry pages
  • Experience interfacing with external customers on a technical and programmatic level
  • Leadership/Management experience and/or training
  • Ability to obtain security clearance
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with earned value management and variance reporting
  • Experience as a Cost Account Manager, program manager, functional manager, or as the lead of a mission operations/ground systems lead
  • Experience with the operation of a broad spectrum of space missions, including commercial GEO communications satellites, LEO / HEO science and exploration satellites
  • Existing TS/SCI security clearance
  • Experience with MAESTRO and/or AstroRT command & control software
  • Experience with commercial and government antenna providers
  • Experience with Northrop Grumman Space Systems bus products

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 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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.