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Staff Propulsion Engineer – Spacecraft Propulsion Subsystem

Requisition ID: R10093319

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider of prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable, and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is looking for a Staff Propulsion Engineer – Space craft Propulsion Subsystem for the Thermal, Propulsion & Cryocooler Systems (TPCS) Department. The spacecraft propulsion subsystem engineer's primary responsibility is to guide the overall propulsion subsystem from design and analysis to build and delivery. This position will be based out of Redondo Beach, CA.

Space craft Propulsion Subsystem Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Leading the architecture and design of the spacecraft propulsion system
  • Overseeing selection and procurement of fluid components
  • Performing analyses in fluid mechanics and have the ability to scope, bound, and review analyses in combustion, aerodynamics, thermal, and stress.
  • Guiding mechanical design and overseeing manufacturing operations and hot-fire testing on flight hardware.
  • Interfacing with program customers and suppliers
  • Overseeing testing campaigns 
  • Participating in issue resolution 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline and 14 years of engineering experience; OR Master's Degree in a STEM discipline and 12 years of engineering experience; OR PhD in a STEM discipline and 9 years of engineering experience
  • Experience with monopropellant or bipropellant spacecraft propulsion systems
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance and an SCI Clearance

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Active In-Scope DOD Top Secret Security Clearance and/or Active SCI Clearance
  • Experience developing and verifying requirements for propulsion subsystems
  • Experience performing propulsion subsystem fluid analyses
  • Experience leading design reviews with internal and external customers
  • Experience working with hypergolic propellants
  • Experience leading teams
  • Experience managing schedules and performing earned value management
  • Experience with spacecraft propulsion component hardware procurement and supply chain operations
  • Experience writing test plans for propulsion subsystem and thruster testing

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.