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Software Engineering Manager 1 (Top Secret) – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10100773

  • 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, 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.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems Division (TSSD) seeks a Manager 1, Software Engineering to join our team of qualified, diverse management team. You will be responsible for providing the personnel, processes, and software tools to meet the current and future needs of the program and technologies within our various business units.

You should be able to demonstrate success in applying leadership characteristics to achieve sustainable top performance, a commitment to ethics and integrity, and the capability to innovate while challenging traditional ways of doing business.  In this role, you should possess the ability to balance programmatic needs to deliver results within cost, schedule, and quality parameters while encouraging and reviewing innovative behavior through all levels of the organization.  Demonstrated abilities to build diverse and inclusive teams with high levels of engagement, including mentoring and coaching, are a must. 

This position is located in Dulles, VA.

Job Responsibilities

The position duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:   

  • Provide operational guidance for definition, development, and verification of products and capabilities
  • Responsibility for the identification and implementation of people, processes, and tools that support multiple Product Lines within the organization to achieve their objectives
  • Accountability for recruiting, staffing, and retaining talent to deliver on the objectives
  • Identification of high-quality technical personnel to meet the increasing demand of the business
  • Provide the technical and people leadership needed to establish and maintain an exceptional functional organization across multiple locations, divisions, and programs. Provide oversite and leadership to our Simulation Software teams. Responsible for the development, design, implementation, application, training, and product support of state-of-the-art solutions in support of key targets within the TSSD Portfolio
  • Support and promote Affordability, Knowledge Management, Engineering Utilization, and other process improvement initiatives including the implementation and monitoring of metrics covering engineering efficiency and quality, as well as sharing of lessons learned and best practices throughout the organization
  • Ensure staff is fully allocated to programs to minimize overhead expenses
  • Ensure all programs are fully staffed such that they can meet their respective development schedules
  • Manage a small group of simulation software engineers while also spending time directly supporting programs in a development and/or leadership capacity

You should demonstrate strong leadership characteristics, demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity, exemplify strong employee engagement and accountability, and foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.  You will inspire innovation and engineering process excellence while challenging the traditional way of doing business. Excellent verbal and writing communication skills are required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • US citizenship with an active Top-Secret clearance with the ability to obtain SCI level access
  • Bachelor of Science in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - or related technical area) with 5 years of Software/Systems related experience with a high proficiency in technical problem solving to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring
  • Experience in requirements analysis, modeling and simulation, verification and validation at subsystem and system level
  • Experience in a technical leadership role
  • Demonstrated software engineering, controls, or systems engineering leadership experience, preferably with experience in Simulation Software, Space Flight Software, Satellite Ground Software or Spacecraft GNC Design and Analysis.
  • Ability to form strong partnership to ensure lockstep coordination with adjacent discipline areas and program manager leadership
  • Experience working within a software development environment related to modeling and simulation
  • Significant experience working with C++, Python and Matlab/Simulink that demonstrates proficiency and expertise

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI clearance
  • Demonstrated systems engineering excellence in requirements analysis, modeling and simulation, verification and validation at subsystem and system level or Demonstrated vehicle development, mission systems integration, ground and flight test validation experience
  • Experience in successfully developing and integrating software and/or hardware solutions for space simulation applications
  • Experience implementing action plans based on metrics and/or root cause/corrective actions
  • Master of Science in Engineering or other STEM discipline
  • Hands-on technical experience with spacecraft simulation development
  • Experience within Space Flight Software, Simulation Software or Spacecraft GNC Design and Analysis
  • Experience with Earned Value Management
  • Significant experience working with C++ and Python
  • System knowledge in Space Situational Awareness and Visualization
  • Experience working with 3D graphics software such as OpenGL or OpenSceneGraph plus modeling tools such as Blender

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: $123,200 USD - $184,800 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.