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ESPAStar Product Line Chief Engineer – Top Secret (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10099805

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Gilbert, AZ, 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, 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.

The ESPAStar-D Product Line Chief Engineer (CE) will lead a multi-disciplinary engineering team supporting the design, development, Integration, test, launch and mission operations of a multi-spacecraft product line.  The CE has technical oversight of all programs in the product line.  The CE will guide architecture design, commonality, and processes to meet the objectives of the product line. The CE will collaborate with Program Management, Business Development, Engineering Functions and other organizations as needed to accomplish objectives.  In addition, the CE will maintain cognizance over all technical activities within the ESPAStar-D portfolio to ensure adherence to sound engineering practices and technical rigor while meeting cost and schedule requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline
  • 20+ Years with Bachelors in Science; 18+ Years with Masters; 15+ Years with PhD
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary technical teams
  • Experience in systems development, integration, and test 
  • Ability to effectively interface with program leadership, functional management, customers, and technical subject matter experts
  • Must have US Citizenship with active or current TS/SCI Clearance


  • Master’s degree or PhD in STEM or technical management
  • Domain expertise spacecraft and space systems
  • Familiarity with the ESPAStar-D product line
  • Understanding of DoD systems engineering requirements
  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (Cameo)

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Salary Range: $171,400 USD - $257,000 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.