Staff Systems Engineer - Deputy Chief Engineer - Top Secret Required (Satellite/Space Systems) Gilbert, AZ

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 Tactical Space Systems Division (TSSD) designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is a leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Deputy Chief Engineer to support the ESPASat-L product line in Gilbert, Arizona.

This Deputy Chief Engineer (DCE) role is the mission technical authority for a delegated program or set of programs, as delegated by the ESPASat-L product line Chief Engineer. Within the delegated program(s), the DCE is responsible for development, decomposition, baseline maintenance, and the verification and validation process of program requirements. The DCE provides inputs for internal investment planning and chairs the Risk and Opportunity Review Board(s), Engineering Review Boards, Readiness Reviews, Pre-Shipment Reviews, and Launch Reviews for his/her delegated program(s). The DCE also ensures the peer review process is followed and is an approver of technical/programmatic documentation for his/her delegated program(s). The DCE ensures mission integration of his/her delegated mission(s) into the larger mission and serves as a technical liaison to the customer(s). In addition to these roles, the DCE also provides mentorship, in concert with the SEIT Lead, to the Lead Systems Engineer(s) for his/her delegated programs.

The Successful candidate will also be called upon to support other activities, including architecture studies, mission support, and traditional Systems Engineering functions. In this lead role, the Deputy Chief Engineer is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead design, analysis and execution efforts. Candidates must be able to recognize and mitigate technical issues and risks while operating within budget and on schedule. Responsibilities/Duties include:

  • Lead/Provide major support to the entire program technical team.

  • Lead and optimize space vehicle design, processing and mission success.

  • Troubleshoot and develop solutions to complex problems that the program may encounter.

  • Develop, author and/or provide input to major program data products and other deliverables.

  • Technical management of program elements

  • Planning and conduct of technical reviews and technical baseline

  • Writing status and technical performance reviews and reports

  • Mentor, coach, train, guide, direct and advise junior staff

  • The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the program team.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 14+ years of engineering experience OR master's degree in a STEM discipline and 9+ years of engineering experience.

  • Have a strong background in systems engineering to include architectural studies, technical baseline definition, requirements & interface management, hardware/software integration, test planning & execution, or operational support

  • Possess strong leadership qualities, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Prior experience in technical or project leadership positions

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain SCI/SSBI

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in engineering, physics, or computer science

  • Active Top Secret clearance with SCI/SSBI

  • Recognized systems engineering subject matter expert (SME)

  • Experience working on aircraft or spacecraft systems

  • Experience in system architecture, CONOPs development, or model-based system engineering

  • Strong People and Technical Leadership Skills

  • Excellent communication Skills (upward and downward)

  • Experience with various technical tools such as MATLAB, STK, CORE, DOORS, or CAMEO

  • Experience in any of the following areas is also desired: orbital mechanics, orbital debris modeling, spacecraft attitude control, power systems and modeling, avionics or digital electronics design, risk analysis, optics, communications, rocket propulsion, thermal engineering, or spacecraft integration and testing

  • Experience with Mission Operations for spacecraft

  • Knowledge of Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), and Human Factors is also desired.

  • Experience and/or training in Earned Value Management Systems


Salary Range: $139,000 - $208,600

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.

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.