Sr. Staff Systems Engineer - Civil Space Systems

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United States-California-Redondo Beach, United States


Full Time

25 days ago

Job description


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


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.

Successful candidates for this position will be an employee within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Redondo Beach, CA. This position offers the opportunity to work on an exciting space flight program within Human and Exploration Operations. In this senior-level role, the Systems Architect position is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead Spacecraft and/or Mission design and analysis efforts, Mission Operations and Ground Segment development, or Specialty Systems Engineering Analysis. Candidates must be able to recognize and mitigate instrument, spacecraft, ground segment, and mission technical issues while operating within budget and on schedule.

Candidates must also 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. Candidates must ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints and perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

The candidate is expected to be able to coordinate multiple inter-disciplinary initiatives and provide direct reporting on status and performance to the Program Manager.  The candidate is expected to be enable to evaluate the level of effort for various design efforts which also spread across multiple disciplines.  The candidate should be familiar with Earned Value and general project management skills.


  • Lead/Provide major support to all or selected segments for a multi-disciplinary engineering team

  • Lead and critique space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts in general

  • Conceive and develop solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems that the program may experience

  • Space segment chief technical interface at all scheduled program meetings and reviews

  • Technical management of the payload, and major bus subcontracted program elements

  • Planning and conduct of all contractual space segment technical reviews

  • Responsible for consistency of the reliability and safety contamination and other product assurance plans with objectives

  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports

  • Perform technical DECA (Designated Export Compliance Administrator) duties (if required)

  • EVMS baseline generation, tracking/maintenance and variance analysis

  • Mentor, guide, direct and advise junior staff

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Ability to lead a system engineering team to develop system requirements

  • Ability to evaluate and adjust system requirements in order to best meet program objectives

  • Ability to develop and manage system interfaces to integrate multi-element systems

  • Ability to translate program objectives and customer requirements into system requirements

  • Ability to allocate requirements among multiple elements of an integrated space system


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related technical field and a minimum of 14 years of applicable experience, a Master's Degree and 12 years of applicable experience, or a PhD and 9 years of applicable experience

  • Extensive technical experience in systems engineering and integration of space systems.

  • Minimum 12 years of experience in aerospace systems design, development, manufacture, test or operations, including 2 years of technical or project leadership positions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with system engineering requirement tools (Cradle, CORE or DOORS) and processes

  • Experience in requirements development and management processes

  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents and related processes

  • Experience in space system testing and evaluation (flight and ground testing)

  • Experience with various technical analysis tools such as MATLAB and STK

  • 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: $183,100.00 - $274,700.00

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.

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