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Deputy Chief Systems Engineer – Top Secret Clearance Required (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10055550

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (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.

Successful candidates for this position will work in a lead technical role for a large spacecraft development program.  Specifically, the Deputy Chief Engineer for the program.

The Deputy Chief Engineer is responsible for leadership accountabilities & key SE deliverables as part of the SE Integrated Team at various program levels i.e. Mission-, Element-, Segment-level, including the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements of for flight program deliverables or new business concepts and proposals.

In this senior-level role, the qualified person is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead Spacecraft and/or  Mission design and analysis efforts, Mission Operations and Ground Segment development, or Specialty Systems Engineering Analysis.  Candidates must be able to recognize and mitigate instrument, spacecraft, ground segment,  and mission technical issues while operating within budget and on schedule.


  • Lead/Provide major support to all or selected segments for the SE Integrated Team
  • Lead and critique space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts in general
  • Conceive and develop solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems that the program may experience
  • Develop and provide input to the Program Systems Engineering Management Plan
  • Space segment chief technical interface at all scheduled program meetings and reviews
  • Technical management of the payload, and major bus subcontracted program elements
  • Plan and conduct of all contractual space segment technical reviews
  • Responsible for consistency of the reliability and safety contamination and other product assurance plans with objectives
  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports
  • - Perform technical DECA (Designated Export Compliance Administrator) duties (if required)
  • EVMS baseline generation, tracking/maintenance and variance analysis​
  • Oversee and manage the spacecraft systems engineering team over the course of the program.


  • Bachelors degree with 20 years experience, Masters Degree with 18 years experience or PhD with 15 years experience in aerospace systems design, development, manufacture, test or operations, including 5 years of technical or project leadership positions
  • Extensive technical experience in systems engineering and integration of space systems
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility

10 years experience in the following areas:

  • Leading a system engineering team to develop system requirements
  • Evaluating and adjusting system requirements in order to best meet program objectives
  • Developing and managing system interfaces to integrate multi-element systems
  • Translating program objectives and customer requirements into system requirements
  • Allocating requirements among multiple elements of an integrated space system


  • Experience with system engineering requirement tools (Cradle, CORE or DOORS, CAMEO) and processes
  • Experience in requirements development and management processes
  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes
  • Experience in space system testing and evaluation (flight and ground testing)
  • Experience with various technical analysis tools such as MATLAB and STK
  • Experience in any of the following areas is also desired:  orbital mechanics, orbital debris modeling, spacecraft attitude control, power systems and modeling, avionics or digital electronics design, risk analysis, optics, communications, rocket propulsion, thermal engineering, or spacecraft integration and testing
  • Experience with Mission Operations for spacecraft
  • Knowledge of Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), and Human Factors is also desired.
  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems


Salary Range: $207,700 USD - $249,200 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.