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Northrop Grumman Payload System/Principal Payload System Engineer - Secret clearance (Schriever AFB, CO) in Schriever AFB, Colorado

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Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems is seeking a Payload System Engineer (PLSE) to become familiar with Protected Satellite Communication mission requirements to support the Protected Satcom Orbital Operations Program for mission operations at Schriever AFB, CO (SAFB).

The selected candidate will work with the existing team of Remote Technical Advisors (RTA) to support operational needs of the constellation of Milstar and Advanced EHF (AEHF) payloads, the worldwide communication network they form and the interfacing ground and spacecraft that make up the full communication system.

The SAFB payload RTAs, along with the Northrop Grumman factory, form an integrated team providing quick and effective responses to Payload-related O&M issues, minimizing communication system down-time. The SAFB RTAs perform the front line analysis of on-orbit issues, coordinating issues with the factory for additional analysis and investigation support. In addition, the RTAs perform various routine planning, operations and maintenance tasks.

The PLSE is primarily responsible for

  • on-site technical support for AEHF/Milstar Payload and communication network operations related issues

  • actively participating in the technical direction, analysis and coordination for spacecraft, payload, and ground system in Protected Satcom flight operations

  • serving as point of contact for factory payload experts requesting data and information

  • developing anomaly resolution procedures

  • acting as test conductor during special payload specific activities

  • supporting anomaly identification and resolution from initial anomaly response, through root-cause investigations and corrective actions for any anomalies associated with the payload

Because the system is a worldwide communication system of critical importance to the nation's defense, the payload RTAs participate in planning creative solutions to minimize operational impacts while planning major constellation activities such as new satellite insertion, Payload software upload and constellation reconfigurations. This position is primarily day staff, although occasional off-nominal work hours are expected and 24/7 recall responsibilities are shared across the RTA staff.

Relocation assistance may be available

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.



*This position may be filled at either a Payload System Engineer OR Principal Payload System Engineer level*

Basic Qualifications For Payload System Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with two (2) years of relevant experience

  • OR Masters Degree in a STEM discipline with no professional experience

  • Currently hold and are able to obtain and maintain an active DoD Secret security clearance

Basic Qualification for Principal Payload System Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with five (5) years of relevant experience

  • OR Masters Degree in a STEM discipline with three (3) years of relevant experience

  • Currently hold and are able to maintain an active DoD Secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership and project management capabilities, as well as proven communication skills

  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance and/or active SCI clearance with SSBI completed within last 5 years

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Job Category : Engineering