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Space Requirements & Verification Lead – Principal Systems Engineer / Sr Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10104802

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Linthicum, MD, 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems Division within Northrop Grumman Space Systems is a strategic partner specializing in delivering intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions for classified and unclassified missions in space.  Headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland, PGS RSP has offices, manufacturing, and world-class assembly, integration, and test facilities.  We do it all here, on-site, from sensors to payloads to full up spacecraft, supporting Class A to Class D missions.  Our key capabilities include Active RF, Passive RF, and Electro-Optical payloads, space solar power, cross domain missions, and space resilience payloads & solutions.

The Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test (SEIT) organization at Northrop Space Systems Payload and Ground Systems Division in Linthicum, MD is seeking a Requirements & Verification Lead.  The successful candidate will work within the SEIT IPT and alongside multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex sensor system payloads for use in Space .  Requirements management is a critical skillset that interfaces with all disciplines (systems architecture and engineering, hardware electrical and mechanical, digital technology, and software) across the product life cycle.

In this position you will perform functions such as the following:

  • Define/derive system level requirements and establish traceability to customer documents
  • Support the verification of new systems through requirements development, requirements revisions, requirement analysis and flow-down, functional decomposition, requirement allocation, traceability analysis, verification mapping, status tracking, and compliance mapping
  • Influence the design process through regular interaction with, and input to, the design teams
  • Guide the requirements definition and verification process from concept inception through acceptance and delivery
  • Derive and allocate requirements to subsystems (performing or coordinating analyses as required) to support hardware, software, and interface specifications
  • Identify the impacts of system requirements changes on lower-level specifications
  • Adhere to/improve change request processes including impact analysis
  • Develop and implement a requirements management schema including a variety of modules, attributes and linkset definitions
  • Lead requirement verification planning, tracking, and outbriefing; including developing Requirements Traceability Matrices (RTMs) and Verification Description Documents (VDDs)
  • Generate systems engineering data products to support system development, design reviews (SRR, PDR, CDR, etc.), and verification and sell-off

This role may be filled at either level based on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Engineer: Bachelor's + 5 years of exp: Master's + 3 years of exp; PhD + 0 years of exp; or 9 years of exp in lieu of degree.
  • Sr. Principal Engineer: Bachelor's + 9 years of exp; Master's + 7 years of exp; PhD + 4 years of exp; or 13 years of exp in lieu of degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in requirements development/management using DOORS® or similar Requirement Management tool
  • Active Top Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in requirements management and/or systems engineering leadership
  • Demonstrated proficiency in DOORS®
  • Experience with development, design, and/or operation and maintenance of space payloads
  • Active TS/SCI clearance


Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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.