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Systems Engineering Manager 2 – (Space/Satellite)

Requisition ID: R10110456

  • 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.

The Manager, Ground Systems Engineering reports to the Sr. Manager, Ground Systems Engineering within the Integrated Operations Directorate, Tactical Space Systems Division of Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS). The Systems Engineering group is responsible for the management, sustainment, administration, and maintenance of ground systems supporting customer missions for NGSS-delivered space and ground systems located at a customer site. The Ground Systems Engineering team has grown significantly in support of National Security special access programs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Managing a team that will perform deployment/installation of satellite ground stations.  This will include developing and executing test procedures to certify the stations for operation.

  • Troubleshoot and debug ground stations.

  • Assist in the procurement of new ground stations including design, specification, and subcontracts oversight.  

  • Has functional responsibility for current and new staff, performance evaluations, and salary reviews.

  • Has responsibility for managing within overhead budget constraints, and for supporting annual capital planning cycles.

  • Ensures personnel are properly trained to perform their assigned duties

  • Ensures the Ground Systems Engineering team executes agreed upon scope within cost & schedule constraints.

  • Ensures proper processes are documented, trained, and followed.

  • Interfaces with external customers to maximize customer satisfaction.

  • Operate RF test equipment and debug down to the component level.

  • Provides support to reviews & monthly reporting, action item track, task & resource management.

  • Supports and enforces all Quality Assurance processes and procedures

  • IT security: Maintaining current IT security standards as well as strategizing means to adapt to changes in IT security requirements and strategies.

  • Maintains close coordination with the Sr. Manager, Ground Systems Engineering and the rest of the Integrated Operations team to ensure standardization and efficiencies are in process and are being executed.


Basic Qualifications

  • BS / BA  in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field and 10 years of experience with real-time satellite operations, antenna field engineering with Bachelors; or MS / MA in Information Technology or related field and 8 years of experience (Additional years of experience will be accepted in lieu of degree)

  • Experience with mission operations centers and end-to-end ground system engineering

  • Experience with management, field engineering, sustainment, administration, and maintenance of Satellite Ground Systems

  • Experience interfacing with external customers on a technical and programmatic level

  • Leadership/Management experience and/or training

  • Experience with scheduling the ground field engineers for on-call duty and shift differential and extended work week assignments.

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top Secret level clearance and the ability to obtain SCI level access. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a Cost Account Manager, program manager, functional manager, or as the lead of a mission operations/ground systems field engineering lead

  • Experience with the operation of a broad spectrum of space missions, including commercial GEO communications satellites, LEO / HEO science and exploration satellites

  • Experience with building, configuring, installing Linux / Windows OS/Servers, Networking products, information assurance compliance, and virtual environments.

  • Experience in configuring, deploying, and maintain ground COTS software systems.

Salary Range: $147,800 USD - $221,800 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.