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Principal/ Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – CRS Vehicle Manager

Requisition ID: R10054009

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Sterling, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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 be a Systems Engineer within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Sterling, VA. This position offers the opportunity to work on an exciting space flight program designed to further human exploration and scientific discovery in Low Earth Orbit.  The Vehicle Manager, in conjunction with the Lead Systems Engineer, leads a team consisting of multi-disciplinary engineering professionals in integration and test of a production line of space vehicles.

The CRS Vehicle Manager is the single point of contact for all aspects of a specific mission and will serve as the primary point of contact for their NASA counterpart. While the mission team members perform many of the tasks and activities required to conduct the mission, the CRS Vehicle Manager is responsible for ensuring these tasks are successfully accomplished in a timely manner. The CRS Vehicle Manager is specifically responsible for ensuring the completion of the following major activities: detailed mission planning, space, cargo and launch vehicle production coordination, cargo integration services, systems engineering, mission-peculiar design and analysis, cargo interface definition and compliance, launch range coordination, integrated scheduling, launch site processing, and launch and mission operations.

The CRS Vehicle Manager will coordinate continuously with the various site-located managers, including personnel at the remote site project offices (Houston and Wallops), at the Northrop Grumman production facilities (Dulles and Chandler) and at the mission planning/operations sites (Dulles, Houston and Wallops).

CRS Vehicle Manager position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Manage CRS2 vehicle production to achieve the CRS program plan for major mission milestones, including Launch-on-Need.

  • Develop, manage, and coordinate the mission, vehicle, and launch site daily schedules

  • Provide overall direction and guidance for vehicle production from manufacturing through launch operations

  • Provide guidance to planning, subcontracts, and manufacturing leads on vehicle need dates

  • Develop vehicle test plans, support and provide vehicle direction for FRB/MRBs, lead coordination of CRS team (e.g.: I&T, cargo, engineering) including Launch Vehicle partners (e.g.: Antares) 

  • Act as lead representative for the CRS program at the launch site

  • Interface and coordinate with customer, LV partners, range, public relations

  • Plan for, coordinate, and manage the contract deliverables for the vehicle including major mission reviews

  • Ensure DRD's delivered on time as required per contract

  • Conduct and support standard internal and external reviews

  • Support closure of vehicle management requirements and verifications

  • Develop one or more processes, plans, or tools to improve vehicle management and/or production for future vehicles

  • Support mentoring/training of production/system engineers


Basic Qualifications:

  • Systems Engineer 3 - Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 5+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 3+ years of experience; or a PhD.

  • Systems Engineer 4 - Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 9+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 7+ years of experience; or a PhD and 4+ years of experience. 

  • Detailed understanding of spacecraft integration & test, launch and mission operations

  • Cost Account management

  • Demonstrated strength developing, tracking, and working to a detailed integrated schedule

  • Considered subject matter expert in at least one applicable spacecraft discipline

  • Ability to lead failure review boards and drive complex issues to closure

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Project, Microsoft SharePoint, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Motivated and demonstrated leader

  • Excellent presentation skills with ability to lead critical program milestone reviews while presenting to senior leadership and external customer

  • Flexibility to react to frequently changing priorities and issues

  • Proficiency in Atlassian Agile methodology and JIRA

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.