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Spacecraft Bus Lead- Thresher TS/SCI (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10076410

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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.

This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs.  Successful candidates for this position will work in a lead technical role for the LEOStar-3 Product Line.  Specifically, the Spacecraft Bus Lead for the Thresher program.  The Spacecraft Bus Lead is responsible for leadership and oversight of a multi-discipline team of subsystem leads through the design, development, and completion of the spacecraft bus.   Additional duties include requirements flow down, management, and verification, generating complex specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities.  Tasks may also include harness interface design, Command and Telemetry database development, and space vehicle configuration modeling.  The candidate must be knowledgeable in aerospace systems, spacecraft subsystems design, and mission operations.  Advanced analyses relating to mission and technical problems may be required.  Position will also include responsibilities relating to integration, testing, and operational readiness of spacecraft and payloads.  The role may include interfacing with external customer technical representatives, internal engineering associates and program management and may also involve technical responsibility for subcontracted flight components.  In this senior-level role, the Bus Lead is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead Spacecraft design and analysis efforts, Mission Operations and Ground Segment interfaces.  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 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
  • Spacecraft chief technical interface at all scheduled program meetings and reviews
  • Technical management of the payload interfaces and major bus subcontracted program elements
  • Planning and conduct of all contractual spacecraft technical reviews
  • Ensure the spacecraft design satisfies all requirements and interface specifications
  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports
  • EVMS baseline generation, tracking/maintenance and variance analysis
  • Mentor, guide, direct and advise junior staff
  • Oversee and manage the spacecraft design team over the course of the program.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Aerospace Engineering or related field with 14 years experience in aerospace systems design, development, manufacturing and test, including 5 years of technical or project leadership positions
  • Ability to lead a system engineering team to develop system requirements
  • Ability to evaluate and adjust system requirements in order to best meet program objectives
  • Ability to develop and manage system interfaces to integrate multi-element systems
  • Ability to translate program objectives and customer requirements into system requirements
  • Ability to allocate 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)
  • Must have US Citizenship with current or active TS/SCI Clearance


  • 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
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (Cameo)


Salary Range: $149,700 USD - $224,500 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.