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Principal Systems Engineer – Comm System Integration – Top Secret Clearance Required (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10106128

  • 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Spacecraft Systems Engineer to support the Space Domain Awareness Missions (SDAM) operation unit. The specific responsibilities of this role include supporting the development and procurement of critical program hardware that provides key national capability.

This role is intended to be a deputy-lead type role with the intent to take on the lead role from some very experienced engineers who are currently performing this function. Tasking includes development of element specific accommodation interface documents, interface control documents (ICDs), support to weekly subcontractor meetings, supervise technical design accommodations, lead testing during integration & test campaigns, and support on-orbit element operations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Drive element technical execution in accordance with Northrop Grumman Systems Engineering processes and best practices
  • Function as the backup element interface for customers, program management, mission assurance, subsystem engineering, and launch vehicle integration teams
  • Recognize and mitigate technical issues and risks
  • Play a key role in major program milestone and readiness reviews
  • Working with our customers, aid in the development of operational mission scenarios and concepts of operations
  • Support the planning, design, and execution of testing strategies to exercise element functionality, measure performance, and verify survivability in the extreme launch and space environments
  • Directly support the Launch and On-orbit operations campaign for your designated mission at the launch site and Mission Operations Center
  • Author and provide input to major program data products and other deliverables

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 5+ years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline and 3+ years of engineering experience OR PhD Degree in a STEM discipline
  • Have a background in systems engineering to include architectural studies, technical baseline definition, requirements & interface management, hardware/software integration, test planning & execution, or operational support
  • Must have US Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in engineering, physics, or computer science
  • Prior experience in technical or project leadership positions
  • Experience working on aircraft or spacecraft systems
  • Experience with various technical tools such as MATLAB, STK, CORE, DOORS, or CAMEO
  • Experience with Mission Operations for spacecraft
  • Knowledge of Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), and Human Factors is also desired.
  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems
  • Current Top Secret Clearance with active SCI/SSBI

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Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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.