Staff Lead Systems Engineer - Waimea LSE - (Satellite/Space Systems) TS/SCIDulles, VA

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Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector, Tactical Space Systems Division, seeks a qualified Systems Engineer to support the Waimea Program, within the Tactical Space Systems Division located in Dulles, VA. This Lead Systems Engineering role is responsible for leading the space vehicle technical team, which includes the following duties: systems analysis and trades, coordinating space vehicle engineering activities, engineering baseline management, interface management, requirements/V&V management, integration & test campaign development and execution, subcontractor and IWO technical oversight, preparing/presenting SE material at all major reviews and PMRs.

The responsibilities includes both individual-contributor and leadership roles, within a multi-disciplined engineering team. Successful candidate will also be called upon to support other activities, including architecture studies, mission support, and traditional Systems Engineering functions. In this leadership level role, the Lead Systems Engineer is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to lead design, analysis and execution efforts. Candidates must be able to recognize and mitigate space vehicle technical issues and risks while operating within budget and on schedule.


  • Lead/Provide major support to the entire space vehicle technical team.

  • Lead and optimize space vehicle design, processing and mission success.

  • Troubleshoot and develop solutions to complex problems that the program may encounter.

  • Develop, author and/or provide input to major program data products and other deliverables.

  • Technical management of program elements

  • Plan and conduct of technical reviews and technical baseline

  • Write status and technical performance reviews and reports

  • Mentor, coach, train, guide, direct and advise junior staff

  • Must be able to recognize and mitigate technical issues and risks while operating within budget and on schedule.

  • The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the program team.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Aerospace Engineering or related technical field, and 14 years of applicable experience or a Master's Degree and 12 years of applicable experience.

  • Extensive technical experience in systems engineering and integration of complex systems, including space systems development, manufacture, test or operations, including previous technical or project leadership positions

  • Understanding of spacecraft detailed design, integration & test

  • Complete understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines

  • Proactive. Works under only general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions

  • Ability to lead a diverse multi-discipline Engineering team

  • Must have US Citizenship with current or active DoD TS/SCI Clearance

P referred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Engineering

  • CAM/EVMS Experience

  • Experience in system architecture & CONOPs development

  • Experience within the LEO missions/constellations or proliferated architectures

Salary Range: $165,000 - $247,600

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 most positions.