Space Cyber/Systems Security Engineering Manager (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA) Dulles, VA

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.

We have an opening for a Space Cyber/Systems Security Engineering Manager to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA. This is an on-site position that requires oversight and support of Cyber/SSE activities for National Security Systems, Space Security, and Commercial & Civilian Space programs.

Skills For Success

  • Leadership experience applying Risk Management Framework (RMF) & related systems security engineering disciplines to complex embedded systems

  • Specific domain knowledge is required and includes COMSEC, TRANSEC, TEMPEST, and Cyber Security, Resilience & Survivability techniques

  • Creatively apply security controls and be capable of securing new systems by applying Cyber/SSE techniques from initial program inception through disposal, i.e. the entire systems development lifecycle

  • Lead by example and having proven experience securing complex space systems

  • Participate and support the business development process by developing Basis of Estimates, contributing and/or evaluating internal and subcontractor proposals, and executing programs across complex space system segments - Ground Segment, Space Segment, Communications Segments, and where applicable User Segments

  • Perform hiring and management of Cyber/SSE personnel who primarily fulfill the ISSE role for new systems in the pre-launch development phase

  • Experience in the Defense/Aerospace industry with relevant domain expertise - particularly RMF & EVMS processes

  • Manager's staff are responsible for performing the full range of ISSE duties, including but not limited to preparing these common CDRLs: COMSEC Security Plan, Key & Certificate Management Plan, TEMPEST Control Plan, System Security Plan, Security Controls Traceability Matrix, Risk Assessment Report, Attack Surface Analysis, Security Impact Assessments, Security Assessment Plans, and related artifacts.


  • Allocate staff across multiple programs; planning staff transition events; hiring/recruiting; conducting performance reviews; and coaching staff to meet goals

  • Work in a dynamic engineering environment where the Cyber/SSE manager may lead and assign staff to major assessment events in support of re-authorization, vulnerability assessments, and adversarial assessments

  • Act as the Cyber/SSE Cost Account Manager (CAM) for Earned Value Management System (EVMS) managed programs

  • Lead or oversee engineering trades of alternative approaches to best meet security requirements for complex mission-unique changes to Ground Segment, Space Segment or Communication Segment functionality

  • Lead or oversee engineering trades to Identify secure interface alternatives and communications protocols for complex space system environments, whether in a dedicated computing infrastructure, or a shared cloud-like environment, utilizing containerization and microservices architectures in ground segments and/or cross-links, mesh networks and shared processing in Space Segments

  • Participate as a presenter and/or as a technical reviewer in engineering design milestone reviews

  • Lead or oversee engineering documentation for Cyber/SSE practices and procedures

  • Use Agile, Scrum, and/or Kanban techniques to schedule one-time and recurring activities

  • Provide staff and leadership towards architecting security scanning and patching activities, to include developing and communicating metrics for continuous improvement, across COTS/GOTS applications, such as those with embedded processors/FPGAs/ASICs and/or within virtualized cloud environments

  • Document Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and when needed, overseeing security assessments, flaw remediation, other maintenance, and when required for operational systems Continuous Monitoring (ConMon) activities

  • Perform or supervise staff in the incorporation of Cyber/SSE processes into other engineering disciplines, including but not limited to Static Code Analysis of Flight Software and other steps into the Software Development Plan; entry/exit criteria for milestones in the Systems Engineering Management Plan

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM field

  • 14 years IT security experience, with at least 7 years in a technical leadership position in the Defense/Aerospace Industry

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active TS/SCI clearance

  • CISSP certification

  • Exposure to requirements analysis and decomposition. Demonstrated knowledge of Systems Engineering processes, milestones and SDLC

  • Ability and interest in travel, up to 25%

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Computer Science; Electrical, Aerospace or Computer Engineering

  • 10 years' experience in the Defense Aerospace Industry

  • 5 years' experience managing highly technical teams

  • 3 years' experience as Cost Account Manager (CAM) on an EVMS-managed program

  • Use of common Agile tool suites (Jira, Confluence, etc) and/or Kanban practices

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

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Salary Range: $147,800 - $221,800

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.

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 most positions.