Principal Systems Engineer - Mission Systems Thread Lead (Space/Satellite) Top SecretDulles, VA

Requisition ID: R10162827

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America | El Segundo, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector, Tactical Space Systems Division (TSSD), Phoenix program is seeking a qualified Principal Systems Engineer for the role of Mission Systems Thread Lead for a Mission Integration program. This position is located in Dulles, VA or El Segundo, CA. Successful candidates for this position will work in a technical thread lead role on Phoenix for the Space Security business area. This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting, cutting-edge programs and new mission areas.


  • Develop and review requirements, verification plans, and architecture at all levels of the System

  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints

  • Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation, and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into lower level specifications

  • Integrate complex design elements across multiple teams and vendors of the Phoenix program

  • Coordinate with all levels of the program to ensure a comprehensive system design

  • Ensure ground system software teams are developing and design their content that meet the system requirements

  • Provide subject matter expertise for the Thread to the program

  • Brief program leadership, customers, and stakeholders on the on the Thread

  • Engage in formal and informal mentoring to support knowledge transfer and talent development.

You are a great fit for this role if you are:

  • Someone who likes to do different things every day (R&V, modeling and simulation/analysis, briefing materials, provide SME input)

  • Someone who is proactive and takes ownership of everything related to their thread

  • Skills or interest in Mod/Sim tools: STK, Matlab, AFSIM, Python, etc.


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Engineering or related technical field and 5 years of applicable experience, or an MS Degree and 3 years of applicable experience

  • Must have US Citizenship with current or active Top Secret clearance with ability to obtain SCI clearance

  • Experience in requirements management, system architecture development, and CONOPs.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and technical presentation experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active or current TS/SCI U.S. Government Security Clearance

  • Experience coordinating the efforts of diverse stakeholders.

  • Proficiency in any modeling and simulation tools: Cameo, STK, Matlab, AFSIM, Python

Salary Range: $107,300 - $160,900

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.