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Principal Systems Engineer – Cygnus Avionics Systems (Civil & Commercial Space) Hybrid/Remote

Requisition ID: R10099919

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Sterling, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (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: 2

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.

Successful candidates for this position will work in a technical role for a space program in Sterling, VA, in the Civil and Commercial Satellite business area within the Space Systems Group. Our Civil and Commercial Satellite programs include technical roles at the mission, segment, and component levels. They span the entire program life cycle from early concept studies, design development, system integration/test, launch and early operations, mission operations/sustainment, and system disposal. Programs range from small feasibility studies to medium-sized on-orbit technology demonstrations and large-scale national systems.

Successful candidates for this position will serve as a Systems Engineer in support of future cargo logistics missions to cislunar space. Responsibilities include spacecraft bus development and analysis at the subsystem level, including: analysis of mission-level requirements, development of derived requirements and allocation to subsystem level design elements, leading design trades that impact subsystem level architecture, support for the development and delivery of schematics or drawings using configuration management systems, and support for the overall maturation of the spacecraft technical baseline.

This position will expose the candidate to equal parts technical competency, forward thinking ideas, and execution focus. This position requires a functional understanding of systems engineering as well as a basic understanding of space systems, including software systems and computer based control systems.

The responsibilities of this role may include:

  • Evaluating design documentation and verification for compliance with customer and internally derived requirements

  • Evaluating payload interfaces and perform feasibility studies for integration of payloads to existing systems

  • Supporting mission operation tasks for Launch, Operations, and Disposal

  • Providing support to selected elements of the program Systems Engineering Team

  • Supporting and delivering SE Products and other deliverables, with a focus on mission success

  • Developing/implementing and communicating solutions to routine engineering problems

  • Contributing to the technical tasks supporting the program

  • Providing systems engineering support for technical reviews

  • Writing status and technical performance reviews, analyses and reports


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in a STEM field or related discipline + 5 years of experience; OR Masters degree in a STEM field or related discipline + 3 years of experience

  • Previous systems engineering experience, especially on space development programs or satellite operations

  • Must be a US citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Systems Engineering processes, including MBSE approaches

  • Experience with system architecture development

  • Experience defining system requirements & functional interfaces

  • Experience developing test and verification documentation

  • Understanding of spacecraft integration & test, launch, and mission operations

  • Familiarity with electrical & computer systems

  • Familiarity with common SE tools including Visio, DOORS, Cameo, and Confluence

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.