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Sr. Principal Software Engineer: Ground Segment Deputy (Top Secret) – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10096666

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (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: 4

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 Space Systems is seeking a Ground Segment Deputy IPT Lead to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Tactical Space Division. This leadership role is located in Dulles, VA.

Position Description:

The Ground Segment Deputy IPT Lead will be responsible for providing technical and operational support to the Ground Segment IPT lead for every aspect of day-to-day program execution. The individual will have responsibility for helping lead a multi-discipline engineering team and help guide all program activities related to design, development, testing, and delivery of the IPT technical requirements as it relates to contractual cost, schedule, and performance commitments. The Deputy IPT Lead serves an integral role in cultivating the Customer relationship, actively managing team requirements, and shaping and nurturing program and team culture. The position requires a high degree of collaboration skills with the ability to provide insight into the status of multiple efforts at various levels of leadership.

This position is responsible for the following:

  • Assist the IPT Lead and acting as the primary delegate for all IPT leadership activities
  • Provide overall leadership and direction to the sub IPT leaders and program team (to include strategy development, coaching team members, resolving conflict, and optimizing team level performance)
  • Coordinate/interface across multiple IPTs to define, develop and test the Ground Segment
  • Measure and report program performance through development and adherence to budget baselines utilizing Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Development and adherence to master plans and schedules
    • Integrated program demand planning (staffing, clearances, etc.)
    • Manage risk, issues, and opportunity processes. Identify potential risks and opportunities that could impact program performance and take proactive action to resolve issues regarding cost and schedule
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including customer counterparts
    • Communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings at technical and program reviews and boards
    • Deliver presentations to customers, executive management, and other program stakeholders
    • Contribute to the continuous improvement of Ground system processes and procedures

Basic Qualifications:

Sr. Principal Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field from an accredited university with 9+ years’ experience OR a Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline with 7+ years’ experience OR a PhD with 4+ years’ experience.  Experience can be considered in lieu of degree
  • 3+ years’ experience in a formal management/leadership role of team(s)
  • 3+ years’ experience with EVM, leading the performance of tasks regarding cost and schedule
  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance and ability to obtain program access and SCI within reasonable time to support business objectives

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success leading teams/and or organizations to achieve a common goal
  • Strong leadership and team management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
    • Ability to resolve conflict and negotiate with positive outcome while maintaining good relationships with customers

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.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

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:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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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.