Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – Deputy Lead Systems Engineer – Top Secret (Space/Satellite), Dulles, VA

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Dulles, VA

Requisition ID: R10086509
Category: Engineering
Location: Dulles, VA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Top Secret
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
Positions 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Successful candidates for this position will work in a deputy lead technical role for a space program in Dulles VA, in the NSS business area within the Space Systems Sector. This Systems Engineering role is responsible for assisting the Lead Systems Engineer as a leader of the Systems Engineering technical team, which includes the following duties: systems analysis, coordinating Vehicle Systems engineering activities, engineering baseline management, interface management, requirements/V&V management, subcontractor technical oversight, leading trade studies, defining the mission element design, and translating mission requirements into hardware and software specifications and implementation. The Deputy Lead Systems Engineer will also serve as the Spacecraft Bus Lead, which is responsible for leadership and oversight of a multi-discipline team of subsystem leads through the design, development, integration, and test of the spacecraft bus.




Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems.

Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.

Lead trade studies for critical technologies and space mission architecture and element design, to include developing supporting documents such as CONOPS and DRMs.

Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.

Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

Lead specific subsystem studies, new technology trades, and new interface definitions.

Will transition to bus lead role at the beginning of bus I&T

Interfaces with program management and the customer on a weekly basis and presents technical solutions to a wide range of complex challenges during monthly face to face meetings and major design reviews

support other activities, including architecture studies, mission support, and traditional Systems Engineering functions. I

n this lead role, the Deputy Lead Systems Engineer is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead design, analysis and execution efforts.

Recognize and mitigate technical issues and risks while operating within budget and on schedule.


Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 9+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 7+ years of experience, or a PhD and 4+ years of experience

Systems engineering experience

Must be a US citizen with an active Top Secret Clearance

Excellent written and oral communications skills and technical presentation experience

Understanding of spacecraft integration & test

Complete understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines

Proactive. Works under only general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in the Space Domain and familiarity with space vehicle subsystems and components.

Experience presenting to customers

Experience working with a cross-discipline team

Top Secret / SCI Clearance

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.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

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