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Principal/Sr. Principal Spacecraft Systems Engineer – Civil & Commercial Space

Requisition ID: R10099676

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

Join the Civil and Commercial Space business area in a challenging and rewarding role as a Principal/Senior Principal Space craft Systems Engineer. Support space programs designed to further scientific, robotic, or human exploration in Low Earth Orbit and beyond at our Gilbert, AZ campus.  Space craft Systems Engineers are key members of a cross-disciplinary team helping drive the design, development, integration & test, launch, and on-orbit operations of complex space systems and capabilities. As a Space craft Systems Engineer, you will have unique opportunities to witness and take part in the entire engineering lifecycle culminating in the on-orbit delivery of fully mission capable space vehicles to our customers! Programs range from small feasibility studies to medium-sized on-orbit operational spacecraft, technology demonstrations and large-scale human exploration systems.

This Principal/Senior Principal Space craft Systems Engineering position is for an individual-contributor and deliverable/product lead within a multi-disciplinary engineering team. Responsibilities include design, integration, development and testing of space payloads, spacecraft buses, satellites, human-rated spacecraft, and satellite servicing vehicles. Come join our team and help us keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform requirements development, allocation, verification/validation planning and manage interface definition efforts.

  • Provide on-floor support of integration, testing, and operational readiness of spacecraft and payloads. 

  • Write complex specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports.

  • Support interface/communication with program, functional and customer leadership. 

  • Lead and prepare trade studies, system sensitivity studies, design optimization studies, system performance assessments, mission analysis and timelines, and CONOPS development.

  • Other tasks may include electrical harness interface design, integration and test development and support, mechanical systems support, Command & Telemetry database development, and space vehicle configuration modeling.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Systems Engineer 3 - BS Engineering degree and 5+ years of experience or master’s degree and 3+ years of experience.

  • Systems Engineer 4 - BS Engineering degree and 9+ years of experience or a master’s degree and 7+ years of experience.

  • Previous engineering experience, preferably on space programs or satellite operations

  • Understanding of Systems Engineering functions

  • Strong technical problem-solving skills and an aptitude for understanding system and subsystem interactions

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in aerospace systems, spacecraft design, or mission operations

  • Familiarity with electrical systems integration and testing

  • Understanding of spacecraft integration & test, launch, and/or mission operations 

  • Experience in requirements management, system architecture development and CONOPs

  • Requirements Management Tools such as DOORS, Cradle, or CORE, and various analysis engineering tools, such as MATLAB, MATHCAD, and STK

  • Additional experience in any of the following areas is also desired: orbital mechanics, power systems modeling, avionics or digital electronics design, telecommunications design, risk analysis, thermal design and analysis, or integration and testing (either at the spacecraft or payload level)

Salary Range: $90,400 USD - $135,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $112,000 USD - $168,000 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.