Sr Staff Engineer Systems Architect: Seagull Chief Engineer (TS Required)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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Program Chief Engineer to lead a new program. This position is based in Dulles, VA but includes significant cross-site coordination and travel.

Job Summary:

The Seagull Chief Engineer position requires an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness to lead the system definition, technical planning and execution on an effort involving several different parts of the company. The Chief Engineer will be responsible to lead, uncover, and resolve issues associated with the development and implementation of operational programs. This individual will be a key contributor to establishing the pursuit strategy, R&D efforts, and recommended technological application programs to accomplish long-range objective. The work accomplished will support long-range strategic goals for the business area. The Seagull Chief Engineer serves as consultant to senior leadership in long-range company planning concerning new or projected areas of technological research and advancements.

Job Responsibilities:

As the Chief Engineer, this individual will be the definitive technical authority for all aspects of engineering on a critical, cross-division study and competitive pursuit. The Chief Engineer:

  • Develops and maintains a strong PMO and customer relationship to ensure that all stakeholder needs, goals and objectives are taken into account.

  • Leads a multi-disciplined engineering team and manages the technical performance of the program including cost and schedule requirements for both internal work and subcontracted elements.

  • Coordinates system level requirements development, hardware/software design, verification and validation activities.

  • Ensures that the program is adhering to sound engineering processes in the development, production, test, and sustainment of products for our customers and is compliance with company policies, procedures, and quality standards.

  • Maintains cognizance over technical activities within program IPTs and ensures horizontal integration of the best engineering practices across the company.

  • Continually coordinates with the systems engineering and program integration team manager to ensure the execution of program statement of work, consistent technical baselines and serves as the technical point of contact with the customer.

This individual will be the prime spokesperson on company's technical capabilities in support of this mission and is viewed as expert within the field of Systems Engineering with communication to the highest levels (Director/VPs). Given the complexity of the program, the Chief Engineer needs to be adept at problem solving and providing solutions to problems within a cross-sector program team, ensuring that the typical practices among sectors are smartly integrated to deliver the desired system.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be U.S. Citizen with active or current Top Secret Clearance

  • BS in Engineering or related technical field & 14 years' experience, or Masters Degree & 12 years' experience, or Ph.D. & 10 years' experience

  • Must be willing travel to at least 25% (CONUS)

  • Systems engineering experience, to include: architectural studies, technical baseline definition, requirements & interface management, hardware/software integration, and test planning & execution

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, for both up-and-out communication to executive leadership and the customer, and for down-and-in detailed technical guidance to the program team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SCI clearance & Program access preferred

  • Prior experience leading a large, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, cross-site team

  • Prior experience with space systems mission architecture design, development, and implementation, including identification and definition of key system internal and external interfaces

  • Prior experience with space systems engineering, including space vehicle and payload design, development, and integration, including development of payload and ground interfaces

  • Experience designing space vehicles for manufacturability in a high rate production environment

  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems


Salary Range: $183,100 - $274,700

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.

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