Staff Engineer Systems, LEOP Lead - Top Secret/SCI Clearance (Space/Satellite Systems) Colorado Springs, CO

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.

This position is for a full-time senior-level technical and leadership role located Colorado Springs, CO or Dulles, VA. The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Be capable of leading a diverse team of engineers/operators

  • Architect Launch and Early Orbit (LEOP) campaign, including a Sequence of Events, for multiple satellites

  • Support system development activities such as requirements management, architecture development, integration and test and formal program milestones

  • Work with systems engineers to develop operational documentation, such as scripts and procedures, for use during on-orbit checkout and commissioning of satellites

  • Conduct testing using simulators and resolve discrepancies.

  • Develop and test command procedures, telemetry pages, and other products derived from vendor provided documentation

  • Coordinate with systems engineers on test procedures and test execution for system level, end-to-end, and on-orbit tests with the spacecraft

  • Support mission readiness activities including mission rehearsals, mission timeline development, and post launch test development

  • Support launch, including shift work, for instrument and spacecraft LEOP activities

  • Define ground coverage requirements to complete satellite vehicle commissioning

  • Support anomaly resolution efforts, as required

  • Provide mentoring and guidance to the Early Mission Operations Team

  • Support internal and external customer meetings through proficient verbal and documented (MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Excel) communications.

  • May require shift work; travel ~ 10% of the time.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or related STEM discipline

  • Minimum of 14 years of related experience

  • Active or current Top Secret/SCI clearance required

  • Experience supporting readiness activities to include; Mission Readiness Tests (MRTs), Mission Rehearsals (MRs), Day In The Life (DITL) and daily operations testing

  • Experience with planning rehearsals and/or LEOP activities

  • Prior experience conducting on-orbit mission operations and resolving satellite and ground system anomalies

  • System design experience including the development of system design documents

  • Experience writing technical documents for external customers

  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills, including ability to make persuasive presentations to external customers at milestone reviews

  • Willingness to support a 24/7 environment (shift work)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with Mission Planning or Command and Control (C2) for large constellations of satellite vehicles

  • Prior experience working with the Northrop Grumman ESPAStar and ESPASat satellite platforms

  • Prior experience with virtualized deployment of LINUX based ground control software onto a ground system infrastructure

  • Experience with MAESTRO or RAPTOR command and control software

  • Familiarity with automation or "Lights Out" satellite operations

Salary range for Colorado Springs CO - $146,000 - $210,000

Salary range for Dulles VA - $161,000 - $231,000

Salary Range: $146,000 - $231,000

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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