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Sentinel (GBSD) Staff Systems Engineer (4451-1)

Requisition ID: R10077368

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Vandenberg AFB, California, 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, 50% 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 Systems is seeking a Staff System Engineer. This position will be located in Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Space System team supporting the Air Force’s Sentinel (GBSD) program.

Candidate will be the technical lead for Sentinel program System-level Flight Test activities.  This will include advising program management on best courses of action for success, and guiding Flight Test engineering workforce through the technical challenges of developing and executing flight test capabilities. The selected candidate will ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into flight test solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. In addition he/she will perform or guide functional analysis, timeline analysis, and detail trade studies to plan and execute a flight test program for the Sentinel weapon system from first flight through system verification and operational testing.

What you’ll get to do: 

  • Advise test and program leadership on recommended course of action for a successful flight test program
  • Develop, perform, document, and lead team in flight tests, includes test planning, test conduct, data analysis and test reporting
  • Review and evaluate weapon system specification and flight test requirements to ensure completeness and compliance of the test program
  • Guide and lead technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and effectiveness analyses for: systems, flight tests, data analysis, test data management, test infrastructure, test safety, and range integration
  • Participate in all engineering review boards for flight test relevant technical changes
  • Verify specifications and designs through testing, test data processing, modeling and simulation, and performance analysis
  • Support all phases of the systems lifecycle including concept, design, test, installation, operation, and maintenance
  • Maintain design documentation and follow configuration management requirements
  • Create technical reports and present test and analysis results
  • Coordinate integrated testing activities working in a dynamic people-focused environment
  • Interface with internal and external customers, and collaborate across program organizations and with other engineering leads

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 9/80A. 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:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)
  • A minimum 14 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; 12 years with a Master’s; or 9 years with PhD
  • U.S. Citizenship with the ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret clearance and Special Access Program Clearance
  • Experience leading technical team
  • Willing and able to travel up to 50%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret Clearance (awarded within the past 5 years)
  • Demonstrated experience in test planning or test execution, project management
  • Experience with flight test operations
  • Experience with missile operations
  • Experience with telemetry processing and test instrumentation
  • Familiarity with range and system safety requirements and procedures
  • Proficient in Agile Development practices and the use of applications such as Jira and Confluence
  • Experience as a Control Account Manager managing cost and schedule execution


Salary Range: $156,000 USD - $234,000 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.