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Sr. Principal Guidance, Navigation & Controls Analyst (TS/SCI Clearance)

Requisition ID: R10098340

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems is looking for you to join our team as a Principal GNC Analyst / Sr. Principal GNC Analyst with the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls organization.

The successful candidate will be responsible designing, developing, implementing, verifying, and testing algorithms, software, and simulation tools to perform guidance, navigation and control of spacecraft and payloads while in orbit, interplanetary cruise and orbital insertion, as well as during launch events.

Navigation functions include the statistical processing of measured data points and their substitution into algorithms simulating physical reality. Guidance functions include the formulation of specific equations to achieve a desired position, orientation in space. Control design and analyses processes consist of the development of the control laws and hardware and software requirements for vehicles and spacecraft.


Control loop design and stability analysis for spacecraft and space payloads.  Development of flight software and ground software algorithms to achieve desired control and pointing requirements.  Development and utilization of software simulations of the operational environment of the vehicles and payloads to demonstrate performance capabilities versus requirements. Analysis of line-of-sight pointing capability with flexible body dynamics structural models.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited university with 5 years of experience in GNC; OR Master of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Aerospace Engineering from an accredited university with 2 years of experience in GNC; OR Doctorate degree in Engineering from an accredited university with an emphasis in Controls
  • Experience with industry standard modeling and simulation tools (MATLAB, Simulink)
  • Experience in the areas of frequency response analysis, stability analysis, on-orbit/jitter analysis, attitude determination
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work with only general direction
  • Active TS/SCI Clearance

Salary Range: $129,700 USD - $194,500 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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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.