Human Explorations & Operations Staff Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10016846

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert - AZ, 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No

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.

Successful candidates for this position will be a Staff Systems Engineer within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Dulles, VA.  This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs designed to further Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) beyond Low Earth Orbit.

The Staff Systems Engineer is responsible for leading key Systems Engineering (SE) deliverables as part of an Integrated Team at various program levels i.e. Mission-, Element-, and Segment-level.  The integrated team will incorporate the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements.  The Staff Systems Engineer is expected to develop advanced technological ideas which guides their development into a final product.

The Staff Systems Engineer is expected to work under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives. Assignments are often self- initiated. The Staff Systems Engineer is expected to determine and pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results. Completed tasks are checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of a superior. The Staff Systems Engineer is expected to represent the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects and to interact with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.


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

  • Support in 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 contractual space segment technical reviews

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • 14 years of experience with BS, 12 years with MS, 9 years with PhD. Must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in an Engineering field with a preference for Aerospace

  • Experience in a technical field with a preference of production or hardware development in the Aerospace industry

  • Proficiency in related engineering programs, Microsoft Office or equivalent document generation programs, Microsoft SharePoint or equivalent collaboration tool, MATLAB or equivalent computational tool

Preferred Qualifications:

Either self-experience or experience interfacing with team members in any of the following fields:

  • Command and Data Handling design and development

  • Electrical design at a card, component or system level

  • FPGA / Processor design and development

  • Software design and development

  • Power distribution system design and development (Both High and Low Voltage Bus Design)

  • Mechanical design and development (Understanding of both launch loads as well as space docking loads)

  • Thermal control system design and development

  • Thermal control techniques in both a vacuum and/or ambient condition

  • Automotive and motor or mechanism design and development

  • Radio communication design and development

  • 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: 134400 - 201600

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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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.