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Manager Mission Architect Engineering 3 – (Space/Satellite)

Requisition ID: R10065124

  • 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 Manager of Systems Engineers who support Civil and Commercial Science and Exploration programs within the Tactical Space Division (TSSD) at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Dulles, VA or Gilbert, AZ.  This position offers the opportunity to lead an engineering team of approximately 70 engineers who support the cutting edge of spacecraft design to support communication missions as well satellite servicing.

The Manager is responsible for leading a multi-skill and diverse team of engineers to develop, design, analyze and oversee the production, test and operation of spacecraft systems.  The integrated team will be comprised of senior staff architects, mission systems engineers, mission analysts, and early career staff.  The Manager must provide direction to supporting Systems Engineering managers and help guide a SE teams to ensure a common goal that aligns with the Communication and Satellite Servicing Mission business goals as well as support of overall Civil and Commercial goals for TSSD.  The Manager is expected to develop and maintain a team capable of completing mission goals established by the division’s strategy, including business development, proposal writing, IR&D and programs.

The Manager will report to the SE Director for CCS and is expected to work independently toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives in a self-initiated manner with additional alignment guidance as appropriate. The Manager is expected to determine and pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results related to SE process and staffing. Completed tasks are checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of a superior.


  • Provide support to the engineering directorate within TSSD and lead Systems Engineering capabilities for Communication Mission programs and projects.

  • Provide support to the engineering directorate within TSSD and lead Systems Engineering capabilities for Satellite Servicing programs and projects.

  • Hire, develop and maintain a talented team of Systems Engineers which can support all aspects of the Comm & SatServ space missions lifecycle

  • Generate requisitions and actively participate in recruiting talent for Systems Engineering

  • Lead or support Comm & SatServ space segment technical reviews and customer visits

  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports for all TSSD S&E programs

  • Responsible for fostering a collaborative environment across the widely spread geographic locations of the Systems Engineering work force

  • Provide inputs to the architecture of the Communication Mission and Satellite Servicing Product Lines

  • Ability to support requirement development of Comm & SatServ space mission architectures and space vehicle designs

  • Ability to develop Concept of Operations for Comm & SatServ space missions designs

  • Ability to evaluate Comm & SatServ spacecraft systems to best meet program objectives & customer needs

  • Ability to develop Comm & SatServ spacecraft verification and validation plans

  • Ability to develop and manage Comm & SatServ space mission interfaces

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of space vehicle and payload designs for Comm & SatServ missions

  • Ability to support identification and mitigation of program level risks relating to Comm & SatServ spacecraft design


Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in an Engineering field with a preference for Aerospace

  • 14 or more years of applicable 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:

  • Experience in systems engineering functional management, and demonstrated leadership experience

    • General understanding of hiring process and ability to make key hiring decisions

    • Experience balancing workforce versus budget and balancing SE staffing for multiple programs

    • Experience developing career development plans for staff at various experience levels

    • Experience with personnel management including  conflict resolution

  • Experience with the complete space mission development life-cycle, especially for NASA science

    • Early mission architectures and concept development, including CONOPS & mission planning

    • Proposal technical writing, gate reviews and SE labor estimating

    • Establishment of requirements and engineering management plans

    • Review and refinement of spacecraft, payloads, and ground segment designs

    • Planning and support of SV Integration and Test activities

    • Support of launch site, on-orbit operations and mission operator training

  • Multi-discipline space engineering experience interfacing with team members in any of the following fields:

    • Avionics for Command and Data Handling design and development

      • Electrical design at a card, component or system level

      • FPGA / Processor design and development

    • Flight & Ground Software design and development

    • Avionics for Power distribution system design and development

      • Both High and Low Voltage Bus Design

    • System simulators, flatsats and testbeds

    • 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

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering approaches, tools and methods in a space mission or related aerospace project

  • Experience with agile methods for Systems engineering as applied to the development, production and operation phases of a space mission

Salary Range: $171,000 USD - $256,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $147,700 USD - $221,500 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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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.