Ground Terminal Lead (*Active TS/SCI required)Aurora, CO

Requisition ID: R10163920

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: SCI

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 25% 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 Terminal Lead to join our team supporting our Willow program. This position would be based in the Aurora, Colorado area.

This role designs, develops, and tests radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, components, circuits, or products. Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, frequency synthesizers, transmitters, and receivers.

The RF Engineer will leverage background experience and skills to provide time-critical observation, assessment, repair, and monitoring of complex RF communications systems and data links providing sustained operation. Furthermore, this role will articulate recommendations to the customer to inform decisions on mission-critical infrastructure and equipment.

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

  • Participate/lead integration of antenna (from 1.2 to 19m) systems Including various types of electrical equipment and devices related to all aspects of satellite communications including antennas, servo systems, transmitters, receivers, mixers, switches, modems, upconverters/downconverters, amplifiers, network analyzers, noise figure analyzers, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscope, power meters, signal generators, fiber optic transmitters/receivers, waveguides, coaxial cable, and associated wiring and peripherals. Determine equipment malfunctions and apply skills to restore mission-critical operations at the system, sub-system, line replaceable unit, and board level.

  • Oversee the operation, maintenance, and repair of RF communications systems and components for RF ground-to-space communication links.

  • Apply technical knowledge of electronics principles to determine equipment malfunctions and apply skills to restore mission-critical operations at the system, sub-system, line replaceable unit, and board level

  • Utilize sound technical writing to document equipment failures, prepare status reports, and preventative maintenance plans, and assist in developing concepts of operations (CONOPs) and improvements to the operations of communication systems.

  • Attend meetings with government employees and other contractor teams, demonstrate proficiency and initiative in daily activities and always carry a professional attitude towards customers and colleagues.

  • Position may require planned and emergency travel throughout the year to various locations.

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

Basic Qualifications

  • 14 Years of relevant experience with a completed Bachelor's-STEM** degree; 12 Years of relevant experience with a completed Masters's-STEM** degree; 9 Years of relevant experience with a completed PhD-STEM** [**completed STEM degree is required to be considered for this role]

  • Must have an Active TS/SCI DoD security clearance

  • Possess and demonstrate work-related experience with the installation, integration, operation, maintenance, and repair of RF Communication systems

  • Possess system-level test experience working with antenna/ground hardware

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active SSBI counterintelligence (CI) polygraph examination adjudicated within the last four years

  • SATCOM system experience

  • Experience with HVAC Units and power distribution equipment

  • Previous deployment experience working on location and/or in the field to support the Department of Defense and/or the Intelligence Community is highly desirable.

  • Practical EW/RF systems knowledge gained through design, construction, and or tactical communications system experience is a plus

  • Experience with STK

  • Space to Ground and Link Budget Analysis

  • Linux 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: $157,500 - $236,300

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.