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Northrop Grumman Principal/Sr. Principal Engineer Systems - National Security Space - Top Secret in Dulles, Virginia

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. WIth us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on Earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

This Systems Engineer role is located in Dulles, VA, supporting our National Security Space Systems (NSS) programs that include technical roles at the mission, segment, and component levels. They span the entire program life cycle from early concept studies, design development, system integration/test, launch and early operations, mission operations/sustainment, and system disposal. Programs range from small feasibility studies to medium-sized on-orbit technology demonstrations and large-scale national systems.

Systems engineers perform 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. 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. This particular role will focus on risk management for a product line of NSS satellites with other systems engineering tasks, as assigned.

Risk Management Responsibilities:

  • Evaluating and approving risk and opportunity handling approaches

  • Creating mitigation plans and approving opportunity exploitation plans

  • Coordinating with suppliers, vendors, higher level managers, and external Customers

  • Assuring integration of the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) process with the risk and opportunity management process

The campus, located minutes from the Dulles airport, is the headquarters of NG's Space Systems Sector. The campus consists of seven buildings, with three bordering a green courtyard. Building 1 includes a cafeteria and a small gym for employee use. Across a street is a Satellite Manufacturing Facility for integration and test of spacecraft, including environmental test chambers for TVAC, EMI/EMC, and Dynamics testing. Each building has adequate, adjacent parking. Along one side of the campus runs the Washington & Old Domonion Trail, which is popular for biking and running and can be used to bike to work.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Systems engineering experience

  • Must have U.S. citizenship with active or current Top Secret level clearance

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM or related discipline +5 years of experience or a Master's degree in STEM or related discipline +3 years of experience

  • This position may be hired at a higher level with a Bachelor's degree in STEM or related discipline +9 years of experience or a Master's degree in STEM or related discipline +7 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or active SCI

  • Experience with a space development program

  • Experience presenting to customers

  • Experience working with a cross-discipline team

  • Demonstrated experience or education in risk and opportunity management

  • Previous CAM or project mangement experience

  • Desired experience includes one or more of the following: mission system requirements, verification/validation planning, mission planning/execution, mission analysis, modeling/simulation, system trade studies, and expertise with various engineering tools such as MATLAB, STK, etc.

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Job Category : Engineering