Principal / Sr. Principal Spacecraft Ground Systems Engineer (*Active TS/SCI and adjudicated CI Poly required)Schriever Afb, CO

Requisition ID: R10160058

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: Schriever AFB, Colorado, United States of America | Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Polygraph

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: Days (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 1

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems, a division within Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems Sector is known for pushing the boundaries of innovation, redefining engineering capabilities, and driving advances in various sciences through cutting-edge technology. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, and innovative technologies to develop, design, produce, and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Ground Systems and Spacecraft Programs Integratorto join our team supporting our FROST program. This position will be based in Colorado Springs, Colorado at Schriever AFB .

This role will be responsible for satellite program integration with multiple mission systems and serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external customers. Integration activities include requirements identification, launch and early orbit, vehicle disposal, CONOP development, mission analysis, and on-console operations. Our ideal candidate will also provide program expertise on engineering subsystems and have an active role in shaping the basis of how to execute planning and operations.

Job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Perform and lead integration activities for spacecraft and ground systems, ensuring on-orbit command and control.

  • Troubleshoot ground system issues. Document system issues and opportunities for improvement.

  • Evaluates, refines, integrates, and validates Program requirements, determines CONOPS and ensures systems and operational techniques meet Program needs.

  • Advocates for operations requirements with system engineering and ensures engineering implementations meet operational needs.

  • Prioritizes engineering requirements and ensures staged implementation of solutions meets Program timelines.

  • Provides satellite operations expertise to a broad array of engineering, development, integration, and strategic initiatives.

  • Provide for the planning, preparation, execution, and evaluation for satellite and launch vehicle rehearsals, exercises, and compatibility tests.

  • Prepares and reviews operational, anomaly, contingency, and training support procedures.

  • Performs operations as a mission planner or mission analyst for mission pre-pass planning and scheduling.

  • Develops day-of-launch, on-orbit, and disposal CONOPS for assigned spacecraft missions.

  • Performs operations as a ground systems operator in support of testing and real time operations during acquisition, launch, early orbit, on-orbit, and disposal phases of flight.

  • Reviews data and historical files and logs of operational supports for investigation of operational issues.

  • Leads discussions and works in a dynamic team environment that includes government personnel, SETAs, program offices, contractors, and spacecraft and launch vehicle manufacturers.

  • Interfaces with systems engineering, software engineering, cyber, IT, and launch personnel to ensure requirements are being met.

  • Develops operational procedures for 24/7 operations crews.

  • Identifies, tracks, records, reports, and achieves program milestones.

  • Achieves and maintains certification as a ground systems operations controller. Certification will be maintained as a requirement to provide surge support to operations, and on-console support to critical test, launch, and on-orbit events.

This position requires being onsite and does not support remote or hybrid work.

This requisition may be filled at either a level 3 or a level 4, depending on the candidate’s experience as laid out in the basic qualifications detailed below as well as the interview assessment.

Basic Qualifications

  • Level 3:

  • 5 Years of relevant experience with a completed Bachelor's-STEM degree; 3 Years of relevant experience with a completed Masters's-STEM degree; 0 Years of relevant experience with a completed PhD-STEM [completed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree is required to be considered for this role]

  • Level 4:

  • 9 Years of relevant experience with a completed Bachelor's-STEM degree; 7 Years of relevant experience with a completed Masters's-STEM degree; 4 Years of relevant experience with a completed PhD-STEM [completed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree is required to be considered for this role]

  • Must have an Active TS/SCI DoD security clearance AND an adjudicated CI Polygraph [US Citizenship required]

  • Robust knowledge of spacecraft flight operations and ground systems utilized for command and control.

  • Knowledge of systems engineering processes, system verification validation and test (VV&T), requirements interpretation.

  • Demonstrable skills in both written/oral communications, including the ability to understand/explain technical concepts in briefing and working group formats, including the ability to tailor delivery to those with differing knowledge levels or backgrounds.

  • Ability to efficiently and independently multi-task in a demanding and deadline-driven environment.

  • Self-motivated and able to complete tasks with minimal oversight.

  • Able to maintain crew certification as a ground systems operations controller.

  • Able to occasionally work abnormal hours to support critical events.

  • Able to occasionally travel to factory, government, and launch locations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ground system, spacecraft command and control, satellite communication (SATCOM) theories and methodologies.

  • Experience working with Collaborative Task Management tools such as JIRA and Confluence.

  • Experience executing systems engineering processes and participating in system verification validation and test (VV&T) activities.

  • Experience with spacecraft flight operations and/or spacecraft ground systems operations.

  • Experience translating customer needs into system requirements.

  • Working knowledge of orbital mechanics.

  • Ground Systems Engineering or Spacecraft Vehicle Engineering experience.

To better support our employee’s work/life balance, most NG worksites support a 9/80 work schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off. This schedule or other work-hour flexibility options can be determined upon hire.

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. #definingpossible

Salary Range: $97,500 - $146,300

Salary Range 2: $121,000 - $181,400

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. U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.