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Test Lead Staff Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10099853

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, 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: Yes, 25% 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.

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 work connects and protects millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is looking for you to join our team as a Lead System Test Engineer based out of Colorado Springs, CO. This position will serve on the Deep-Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) program. As the Lead System Test Engineer, this candidate must have a background in ground-based system development and deployment with preferred experience in ground-based radars, SATCOM terminal, or other ground-based sensor such as large scale optical. Depth of experience must include overseeing, managing, and directing engineering activities to meet major milestones while addressing technical risks through comprehensive mitigation activities embedded in an Integrated Master Schedule. The Lead System Test Engineer will report directly to the DARC Systems Engineering Integration and Test Lead and coordinate activities across multiple engineering teams.

As a Lead System Test Engineer, you will be developing and sustaining systems 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.


  • Develop and Implement an overarching system test program to integrate and test a new large-scale ground-based radar.

  • Develop testcases to verify Space Domain Awareness (SDA) mission requirements and technical performance criteria.

  • Work with Government test communities on testcase development to support DT&E/OT&E.

  • Working in collaboration with IPTs support, oversee Sub-System to System Level testing

  • Develop and oversee radar subsystem integration plans, procedures and scenarios used in the conduct of software/hardware system integration & test

  • Establish milestones and monitor adherence to defined master plans and schedules, identify program risks and obtain solutions to include allocation of resources

  • Identify and implement system test solutions in accordance with project technical, schedule and cost constraints

  • Lead system/element level test planning and test readiness reviews

  • Coordinate integrated test activities and resolve conflicts across multiple subsystem test schedules and suppliers

  • Review test requirements and methodologies in the requirements management system

  • Review system engineer documentation to ensure test plans and methodologies meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, consistent and complete

  • Participate in engineering peer reviews as a document originator or reviewer to ensure technical quality and engineering rigor is appropriate

  • The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, as well as strong problem solving and analytical skills. They will have the ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, team-oriented environment and be a self-starter, efficient in achieving goals and proactive in pursuing subsequent tasks. This position will be in Colorado Springs, CO.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s STEM degree from an accredited institution with 14 or more year’s applicable experience or 12 or more years with Masters; or 9 years with PhD.

  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance

  • Experience with large scale software/hardware develop, integration and test

  • Experience with Systems Engineering, Integration and Test processes and documentation

  • Familiarity working as part of an Integration and Test team across multiple HW disciplines

  • Experience in using a requirements management tool, such as DOORS

  • Experience in using a discrepancy management tool, such as Jira, Bugzilla, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Top Secret/SCI clearance

  • Experience managing/leading mid-size teams

  • Familiar with basic principles and theory of radar operation and electromagnetics and Radio Frequency (RF) propagation

  • Experienced with the design, analysis, architecture development, or test of radar and Radio Frequency (RF) systems

  • Experienced with System and HW integration activities of large ground-based systems

  • Experienced with ground-based radar system design, analysis, and test

  • Familiarity or experience with Agile development methodologies, i.e., Scrum, Kanban, SAFe

  • Experience in with Unix/Linux operating systems

Salary Range: $146,300 USD - $219,500 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.