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Principal/Sr Principal Engineer Mission Assurance -Top Secret/SCI (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10111906

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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.


  • Implements and administers an effective Safety and Mission Assurance program throughout all program phases in compliance with applicable customer contracts and other guidelines.
  • Supports document reviews, nonconformance processing including Material Review Boards (MRBs) and Failure Review Boards (FRBs), Technical Alert (including GIDEP) dispositioning, and deviation and waiver generation and processing.
  • Leads root cause and corrective action for test failures, especially during I&T.
  • Provides support to Systems Engineering for Engineering Review Boards, for Risk and Opportunity Management including opportunity and risk and mitigation identification, and for internal, external, and supplier technical reviews.
  • Provides support to Supply Chain Management for material procurement including SDRL reviews and resolution of requirements exceptions from offerors/suppliers.
  • Responsible for Control Account Manager (CAM) duties such as Earned Value Management System (EVMS) reporting for the S&MA control account.

This position can be filled as a Principal (level 3) or Sr Principal (level 4) depending on experience.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or an applied science
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (level 3) or 9 years of relevant experience (level 4)
  • U.S. citizen
  • Active or current Top Secret/SCI clearance with the ability to obtain a polygraph required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI clearance with a polygraph
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working directly with customer and internal executives, often on contentious issues
  • General familiarity with spacecraft subsystems, and how they are manufactured, integrated, and tested
  • Initiative to address issues and opportunities that do not always fit clearly into one person's area of responsibility
  • Willing to take ownership of assigned tasks, proactively engaging with others to overcome process, organizational, and technical obstacles

Salary Range: $104,000 USD - $150,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $129,000 USD - $185,000 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.