Northrop Grumman Sr. Principal RF Systems Engineer: GEO Payload Manager/Payload Designer - Space Systems in Dulles, Virginia
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We have an opening for a GEO Payload Manager/Payload Designer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.
In this role, you will work in a primarily technical role on Commercial International MilSatCom or Civil communications satellite programs. This position focuses on design and production of effective communications systems within firm fixed price and schedule constraints. The team you will be supporting has 6-8 team members consisting of new business technical Sr. Engineers, Cost and Schedule analysts, and the Director/VP new business acquisition.
In this role, you will participate/lead within a small team to define and describe robust RF solutions while working within system constraints on mass, power, and volume. To be successful you should have strong technical skills coupled with the ability to organize and direct the efforts of a small engineering team.
In particular, you will be involved in:
Design and analysis of communications systems for commercial satellites, military satellites, and/or interplanetary applications. You must be familiar with RF analyses such as link budgets, digital modulation/coding, gain/loss budgets, noise figure, interference contributors, etc
Requirements dissemination from top-level customer document through subsystem-level definition to component-level specification. You will be expected to produce clear, concisely written documents that will be used as the technical basis for high dollar value procurements
Review and evaluate industry standards against proposed designs, and architect solutions to challenging mission profiles
Prepare and present design reviews for internal and external customers. You will have regular interaction with the internal engineering and program management team as well as the external customer
Requirements verification based on customer's top-level requirements compared to subcontractor and prime actual implementation. You should be able to concisely summarize findings and present them to the end customer
Subcontractor management (some travel may be required) and manufacturing interface definition including performance specification, interface control drawing, and statement of work generation. You will work with potential subcontractors to ensure any technical solution meets the top-level customer's needs while satisfying system and program constraints
Support integration and test of the communications system including unit-level functional and environmental testing, spacecraft level planning & testing, and in-orbit checkout. (some travel and occasional shift work may be required)
Participate in anomaly resolution investigations, coordinate technical teams towards goal of identifying root cause and recommended corrective action
Cost account management for engineering portion of multi-year program, including cost and labor hour estimating, task scheduling and earned value tracking
Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (ideally Electrical Engineering) and 9 years of experience; or a Master's degree with 7 years of experience; or a PhD with 4 years of experience
Some combination of the following course work: microwave theory, satellite communications, radio-wave propagation, electromagnetics, or antennas with a good understanding of communications and microwave theory
Familiarity with RF analyses such as link budgets, digital modulation/coding, gain/loss budgets, noise figure, interference contributors, etc.
Ability to review and evaluate industry standards against proposed designs, and architect solutions to challenging mission profiles
Ability to work with others from engineering and non-engineering disciplines in a fast-paced team environment
Good oral presentation skills and comfort with customer interaction. Ability to write technical documents clearly and concisely
Well organized and able to keep track of and make progress on multiple simultaneous tasks
Strong skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
Limited domestic and international travel required. Occasional 2nd or 3rd shift work and/or weekend work required
MSEE (or related field) a strong plus
Experience leading small engineering teams in development or production of RF systems
Familiar with engineering analysis tools such as MATLAB or Mathcad, and support tools such as Visual Basic for Applications
Experience with modelling simulation software (e.g. Satellite Tool Kit, GRASP, etc.)
Experience with microwave component/system measurement
Experience with digital modulation/demodulation schemes and mechanically or electrically steered phased arrays for high data rate applications
Experience in a variety of RF frequency bands (UHF, L, C, Ku, Ka, Q, V-Bands)
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
Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
Paid Time Off
Health & Wellness Resources
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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Job Category : Engineering