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Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer: IPT Team Lead – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10090826

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (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: 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.

We have an opening for an Electrical Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA and can be completed via a hybrid work schedule.

Primary Duties

In this role you will:

  • Be the primary liaison between engineering and operations for the production, testing, and delivery of Circuit Card Assemblies and Avionics Boxes for support of the Cargo Resupply to the International Space Station Mission
  • Be responsible for ensuring on time delivery of Circuit Card Assemblies and Avionics to Spacecraft for integration and testing
  • Coordinate resources based on priorities and working with the Electrical Engineering functional organizations for support in the resolution of flight hardware test failures and anomalies
  • Serve as Cost Account Manager for all CRS spacecraft hardware which includes but is not limited to
    • Generation of detailed schedules for future spacecraft avionics production
    • Monthly cost and schedule updates and detailed variance reporting when applicable
    • Return to green plans to correct cost growth and schedule slips
  • Work closes with Global Supply Chain and coordinates with engineering to identify and procure alternate parts to maintain current production schedules. This includes updates to the Bill of Materials (BOMs) through the generation and Configuration Management release of Engineering Change Notices (ECNs)
  • Generate detailed Basis of Estimate (BOEs) for new avionics development efforts
  • Manage all new avionics development efforts to include all technical, cost, and schedule elements
  • Manage product line Capital development efforts for all Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE)
  • This team communicates often and uses multiple means (meetings, emails, phone, and TEAMs group chats).   It is important that you be comfortable communicating via all these means and be proactive in communicating to management when resource issues arise.   You will be directing work by the test engineers and design engineers and must relay clear priorities and actions.   You will also be responsible for several monthly reviews presenting status and will interface with the customer
  • There are many moving parts within the Cygnus spacecraft and there will be 2-3 service modules in work at any given time so, it is important to keep track of each mission’s priorities, status, and outstanding issues.   This role is very reactive, and you will need to be organized such that you can support any of the missions quickly when issues arise

Qualities for Success in this Role

  • Demonstrated ability to develop cost and schedule estimates for circuit card and avionics development efforts and the associated Basis of Estimate
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and manage across various functional organizations
  • Possess a continuous improvement mindset and demonstrated ability to implement effective and measurable corrective action
  • Be a self-starter and able to perform job responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership characteristics consistent with Northrop Grumman standards is required
  • Knowledge of internal Design and MFG processes is key as the main role of this position is to ensure that designs flow through engineering and manufacturing smoothly
  • Leadership experience is important (not necessarily direct management; this could be leading a small team/CAM experience)

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM degree (ideally Electrical Engineering) with 9 years of experience; OR a Master’s degree with 7 years; OR a PhD with 4 years
  • Experience in the realm of circuit card and avionics box-level development and manufacturing processes

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience successfully managing cost and schedule in accordance with established budgets
  • Experience leading a multi-disciplined engineering team

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $129,700 USD - $194,500 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.