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Space Systems Engineers – Top Secret Clearance Required (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10101864

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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.

Do you want to work at an international company with endless opportunities for growth and advancement? Are you eager to join a trust-based, globally-connected team, where your contributions will define what’s possible? 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!

We are looking for Space Systems Engineers who want to solve interesting, complex problems, which protect our nation. Your talents and passion are most important to us. If you don’t know satellite systems or are new to the space industry, we will teach you! Become a part of our enthusiastic teams where we have fun working together and take pride in our contributions to the nation’s safety. We are recruiting for junior, mid-level, and senior engineers with a background in Space engineering or space systems.

These positions will be located in our Gilbert, AZ offices.

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. Our programs include technical roles at the mission, segment, subsystem, and component levels. Our work also spans the entire program life cycle from early concept studies, design development, system integration/test, launch and early ops, mission ops/sustainment, and system disposal. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. Check out some of our work with the ESPAStar Platform at

We have opportunities in the follow Systems Engineering discipline Areas to include:

Space/Satellite Systems

Chief Systems Engineering

Requirements Engineering

Model-Based Systems Engineering

Mission Systems Architecture/Mission Engineering

Modeling and Simulation for On-Orbit Operations

Ground Systems Engineering

Satellite-Ground Communication Systems

In these roles you will be developing systems for a variety of spacecraft using current technologies and others yet to come! We are seeking team members who have a thirst for knowledge, approach each day with optimism, and have a relentless drive to solve complex problems. Creativity and innovation are imperative for this role, because at Northrop Grumman, many of the problems we work on are impossible… until they’re not.

As a successful employee, you will:

  • Be an active and integral member of your team
  • Channel your enthusiasm to innovate
  • Be part of a supportive team that develops and deploys technologies that matter to our national security
  • Work with agility, flexibility, and collaboration to explore creative ideas

Basic Qualifications:

These positions may be filled at a level 2 or 3 based on the experience, skills and abilities of the individual.

Systems Engineer 2:
BS Degree in as STEM related field and 2 years of experience, Masters Degree & 0 years of experience

Principal Systems Engineer 3:

  • BS Degree in as STEM related field and 5 years of experience, Masters Degree & 3 years of experience

Additional required qualifications include:

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with current or active Top Secret Clearance and the ability to obtain SCI level access
  • Must have entry level knowledge of systems engineering principles such as, but not limited to: requirements, systems analysis and systems thinking, interface management, system integration, project management, risk analysis, high level systems testing, cost estimation, and/or customer interface

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or Active Top Secret/SCI level clearance
  • Experience supporting Space Satellite Systems
  • Experience in any of the following areas is highly preferred but not required
    • Chief Engineering Expertise
    • Requirements and Verification
      • DOORS
      • Cameo
      • RVTM or RTVM
      • Managing requirements
    • Modeling and Simulation
      • Matlab, Python, STK, Freeflyer or similar technologies
      • Analysis of alternatives
      • Architecture
      • Mathematics
    • Electrical Systems
      • Design and development of avionics components
      • Power
      • Electrical engineering
      • Electrical systems testing

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

Medical Dental & Vision coverage


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Salary Range: $73,400 USD - $110,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $90,400 USD - $135,600 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.