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Sentinel (GBSD) Staff Chief Systems Engineer (6033)

Requisition ID: R10062201

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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.

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.

Northrop Grumman Space Sector Strategic Deterrent Systems Division is seeking a Staff-level Systems Engineer, with extensive experience performing in an Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) role. This position will be located in Huntsville, AL and support the Advanced Programs organization. 

This position will be responsible for influencing conceptual and preliminary design and technology maturation of obsolescence and/or capability upgrades to existing deterrent systems such as Minuteman III and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent as well as new advanced concepts for future deterrence needs in the areas of ballistic and cruise missiles, nuclear command, control, and communication, and support systems/subsystems such as cyber-defense, security, decision aides, etc. as well as peculiar support equipment including items such as transportation vehicles.  The position reports to the lead of Advanced Programs Support Product Organization and interfaces with other Advanced Programs Core Organization members.  The Advanced Programs Support Product core organization is envisioned to provide ILS discipline guidance, as it relates to influencing designs from a cost-effective operations and sustainment strategies, support equipment including aspects of ground and airborne transportation systems, and, interface/integration with other segments/elements of a weapon system (e.g. - vehicle, payload, command and control, launch equipment, etc.).

The preferred candidate will have an extensive background across the product-lifecycle sustainment arena. Primary technical areas of interest needed to support this role include: conducting systems engineering requirements and specification development; Life Cycle Cost and Level of Repair analysis (LCC and LORA, respectively); identification of new, reuse, and/or modification of Support Equipment/Test Equipment (SE/TE); Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM); Safety; Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation (PHST); Human Factors; Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA), Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM), and Conditioned Based Maintenance (CBM+); and, mentoring of design teams regarding operations and sustainment aspects of any/all proposed designs and/or design changes.

The selected candidate will act as a Technical Lead for AP Support Product Group, and will represent the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with complex projects, acting as an advisor to leadership and customers, and, mentoring/training of design teams and subordinates. This includes identifying and addressing program risks to ensure team success, mentoring staff in problem solving, facilitating technical solutions, providing staff with the appropriate resources to solve problems

What you’ll get to do:

  • Provide mentorship to a growing Advanced Programs team of designers that focuses on product operations and sustainment during conceptual and preliminary design and technology maturation for obsolescence and capability upgrades to existing deterrent systems such as Minuteman III and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent as well as new advanced concepts for future deterrence needs in the areas of ballistic and cruise missiles, nuclear command, control, and communication, and support systems/subsystems such as cyber-defense, security, decision aides, etc.
  • Contribute to projects on trade studies, architecture development, and system engineering to including ILS design influence to produce credible conceptual and preliminary weapon system designs that meet potential customers' performance, cost, schedule, and risk thresholds while informing them of the surrounding design space for capability considerations, especially capability versus life cycle cost versus technical availability date.
  • Contribute to identification, assessment, and tracking of an ILS technology roadmap and/or associated existing or developing support system capability gaps to feed Advanced Programs technology development and conceptual design process.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business
  • Operate in an advanced design environment and collaborate across the Space Sector Divisions and other Sectors as required to accomplish the team goals
  • Conceptualize and mature new business for growth of the Division
  • Transition innovative solutions, technologies, and advanced concepts for US strategic deterrence interests to programs of record for product development and fielding.
  • Leverage strong ILS Engineering analyses to promote cost-effective, affordable, and field-supportable products over their intended life cycle.
  • Leverage strong ILS and life cycle modeling skills to effectively promote system reliability and supportability during IRAD for long-term system support, including the following:
    • ILS and Life Cycle Sustainment Plans (ILSP and LCSP, respectively) and their interdependencies within all other program efforts (i.e. – Contracts, Program Management, Systems Engineering, Manufacturing, Security, Subcontractors, etc.)
    • Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) and their reports
    • Safety and Human Factors and their reports
    • Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) and their reports
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCC) and Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) and their reports
    • Maintenance Task Analysis and Reliability-Centered/Condition-Based Maintenance and their reports
    • Support Equipment and Recommendations Data (SERD) and their reports
    • Test Equipment and Unit Under Test (UUT) analysis and their reports
    • Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation (PHST) and their reports
    • Technical Manual and Training Documentation and their reports
    • Supply Support (Provisioning) data and Spares/Repair Parts Recommendations and their reports

Position Benefits:

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage 
  • 401k 
  • Educational Assistance 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions  
  • Paid Time Off  
  • Health & Wellness Resources  
  • Employee Discounts 

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.  This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package

Basic Qualifications:

  • 20 years of related experience with Bachelor’s; 10 years with Master’s; 6 years with PhD
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Logistics, Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or Mathematics
  • Active DoD Secret clearance with a reinvestigation date occurring in the last 5 years
  • US Citizenship and ability to obtain Special Program Access (SAP), and ability to obtain a Top Secret Clearance
  • INCOSE certification as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional - CSEP, and/or, SOLE certification as a Certified Master Logistician – CML
  • Experienced with Product LifeCycle Management (PLM) software, such as TeamCenter and/or SharePoint
  • Experienced in use of ILS-related tools (i.e. – SLICWave, COMPASS, CASA, CBM+, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient with 3D design / 2D drawing CAD in CATIA and/or NX
  • Experience with DoD weapon system support system conceptual and preliminary design, particularly related to design analysis cycles, cost versus capability trade studies, and multi-design discipline integration
  • INCOSE certification as an Expert Systems Engineering Professional - ESEP, and/or, SOLE certification as a Certified Professional Logistician - CPL
  • Active Top Secret security clearance with adjudication in the last 6 years
  • Demonstrated self-starter
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills, strong written, communication, oral presentations skills, and ability to lead group discussions
  • Proven track record of highly collaborative working skills in a team environment
  • Possess the willingness to mentor Engineers in the art of developing designs based on effective sustainment strategy needs
  • Ability to learn new subjects / techniques / software, without, necessarily, the assistance of others
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite - Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Word

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Salary Range: $134,700 USD - $202,100 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://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.


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.