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Sr. Staff Systems Engineer – Civil & Commercial Space

Requisition ID: R10103994

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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.

Join the Tactical Space Systems Division Mission Systems Engineering organization in a strategic role as a senior Staff Systems, to support critical programs at our Dulles, VA campus. 

This Systems Engineering position offers the opportunity to work on an exciting space flight program within the Space Systems Group at Northrop Grumman. The Sr. Staff Systems Engineer is responsible for leadership accountabilities & key SE deliverables as part of the SE Integrated Team at various program levels i.e. Mission-, Element-, Segment-level, including the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements for flight program deliverables or new business concepts and proposals.  

In this role, the Sr. Staff Systems Engineer position is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead Space craft and/or Mission design and analysis efforts, Mission Operations and Ground Segment development, or Specialty Systems Engineering Analysis.  Candidates must be able to recognize and mitigate instrument, spacecraft, ground segment, and mission technical issues while operating within budget and on schedule. 


  • Provide Systems Engineering Team leadership for engineers of various skill sets and years of experience 

  • Tasking assignments, deliverables review, timecard approvals, performance appraisal inputs 

  • Perform Cost Account Manager duties for Systems Engineering WBS, deliverables, and CPI & SPI 

  • Interact with the Program Management on all technical issues, risks, and deliverables 

  • Risk Management for product line: Risk Board planning, conductance, minutes, and mitigations 

  • Expertise is required with regards to propulsion, and expereince desired with fluid transfer or refueling elements. 

  • Serve as customer interface as necessary to ensure compliance to all contractual specifications, policies, and processes 

  • Plan and maintain the schedule for all internal and external design reviews and customer technical interchange meetings and formal reviews 

  • Lead and conduct formal program reviews as appropriate 

  • Provide technical review, assessments, and investigations as needed for the readiness and presentations

  • Lead or participate in new business capture and proposal activities

  • Owns all fuel transfer related requirements, specs, V&V

  • Refueling Operations lead and Refueling interface management

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in an Engineering or related field 

  • Fourteen years of related experience 

  • Five or more years of technical or project leadership positions 

  • Ability to lead a system engineering team to develop system requirements 

  • Ability to develop and manage system interfaces to integrate multi-element systems 

  • Ability to translate program objectives and customer requirements into system requirements 

  • Ability to allocate requirements among multiple elements of an integrated space system 

  • Experience with complex space mission CONOPS, navigation systems and orbit analyses 

  • Experience with space Mission Operations  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in an Engineering or related field  

  • Experience with spacecraft design or Mission Operations for manned NASA missions 

  • Experience with system engineering requirement tools (Cradle, CORE or DOORS) and processes 

  • Experience in requirements development and management processes 

  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes 

  • Experience in space system testing and evaluation (flight and ground testing) 

  • Experience with various technical analysis tools such as MATLAB and STK 

  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems 

Salary Range: $178,700 USD - $268,100 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.