Mission Execution Lead - Top Secret Clearance Required (Satellite/Space Systems)Dulles, VA

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.

Do you want to be a key Mission Execution lead? If so, we need you to help to build, develop and manage mission engineers. In addition, you will be responsible for identifying NSS resource needs (people, tools, areas, support services) and working with stakeholders to address these needs.

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading a team developing the curriculum for the ground software and operations of a dynamic classified mission within the space security domain of approximately 5 people

  • Be self-directed and able to envision the end state of the product and take initiative to drive product development to closure

  • Educating leads, operators, and officers on mission capability and tactics

  • Own developing and delivering training material to the end user; including the training content, management of staff developing and delivering training, as well as the scheduling of training events with the end user

  • Defining the tasks to train the end user in mission planning (MP) and orbital analysis (OA) functions for a space security mission performing dynamic operations in the geosynchronous (GEO) orbital regime

  • Ability to capture core concepts and instructional needs from a large amount of technical data (ground and space hardware) and communicate technical concepts to an audience of non-subject matter experts with varying levels of space domain experience

  • Designing a training approach for a growing constellation of heterogenous satellites with maturing automation for commanding & telemetry and mission planning.

  • Develop a training program that aligns with agile software development and delivery, while ensuring operators maintain certifications on the ground system and on-orbit system capabilities

  • Drive and maintain a focus on operator readiness for mission execution, with the ability to adapt the training program to evolving customer and end user requirements. Focus on mission understanding to "train the mission" not "train the tools"

  • Design the training products to include Computer-Based Training (CBT) and advanced simulation training to provide Initial Qualification Training (IQT), Mission Qualification Training (MQT), and tactics development using the ground software

  • Interface and drive engagement directly with the end user to ensure the training program meets the standards defined by Air Force and Space Force guidance

  • Lead adoption of new approaches to legacy instructional training approaches, while ensuring that all instructional and certification requirements are met

  • Support in person activities in Colorado Springs, CO designed to equip a subset of the end user to serve as trainers. Additional support to in-person activities in Colorado Springs, CO, will be required

  • Maintain weekly engagements with the customer and end user on the status of the training program and own responses to customer actions

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Technical Field with 14 year's experience Master's Degree with 12 year's experience

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current TS Clearance with SCI eligibility

  • Understanding of Systems Engineering principles and practices

  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in RPO mission design, satellite ground software, distributed modeling & simulation

  • Experience training and leading operational space missions at a mission operations center

  • Experience in scripting languages (e.g. Python, STOL, VBA etc)


Salary Range: $165,000 - $247,600

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.