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Northrop Grumman Systems Engineer - Civil and Commercial Space - in Dulles, Virginia

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. 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.

Successful candidates for this position will be a Systems Engineer within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Dulles, VA. This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs designed to further Civil and Commercial Space (CCS) technology to support human exploration, communication, science and research as well as support space logistics.

The Systems Engineer is responsible for supporting key Systems Engineering (SE) deliverables as part of an Integrated Team at various program levels i.e. Mission-, Element-, and Segment-level. The integrated team will incorporate the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements. The Systems Engineer is expected to support key program deliverables as well as support and incorporate new company and industry driven technologies. This description applies to a number of open positions within the CCS Systems Engineering group within Northrop Grumman Space Systems Tactical Space Division.

The Systems Engineer position is expected to complete work while being reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. Works under general supervision. The Systems Engineer is expected to primarily interact with internal company contacts, but is expected to be able to interact infrequently with inter- organizational and outside customer contacts on routine matters.


• Provide support to all or selected segments for the SE Integrated Team

• Support in development of space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts

• Support development of solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems

• Support contractual space segment technical reviews

Candidate Must Possess the Following Skills:

• Ability to develop requirements at multiple levels of design

o Ability to translate program objectives and customer requirements into system requirements

o Ability to complete functional decomposition of system requirements

o Ability to develop requirements and preliminary design through a model based approach

o Ability to allocate requirements among multiple elements of an integrated space system

• Ability to develop and maintain a Concept of Operations

o Ability to plan Assembly, Integration and Test of a spacecraft

o Ability to develop Launch Procedure Concepts

o Ability to develop Mission Operation Concepts

• Ability to evaluate and adjust system requirements in order to best meet program objectives

o Ability to evaluate requirements through establishment of Technical Performance Metrics

o Ability to analyze and optimize design through Key Performance Metrics

• Ability to develop verification and validation plans throughout the life cycle of the space design

• Ability to develop and manage system interfaces to integrate multi-element systems

o Demonstrate broad understanding of spacecraft design primarily though Mechanical, Electrical and Data Interface principles

• Demonstrate a broad understanding of the space environment

• Ability to support identification and mitigation of program level risks



Basic Qualifications:

• Must have a Bachelor's Degree or higher in an Engineering field with a preference for Aerospace

• 2 or more years of applicable experience in a technical field with a preference of production or hardware development in the Aerospace industry

• Proficiency in related engineering programs, Microsoft Office or equivalent document generation programs, Microsoft SharePoint or equivalent collaboration tool, Matlab or equivalent computational tool

Preferred Qualifications:

• Either self-experience or experience interfacing with team members in any of the following fields:

o Command and Data Handling design and development

• Electrical design at a card, component or system level

• FPGA / Processor design and development

• Software design and development

o Power distribution system design and development

• Both High and Low Voltage Bus Design

o Mechanical design and development

• Understanding of both launch loads as well as space docking loads

o Thermal control system design and development

• Thermal control techniques in both a vacuum and/or ambient condition

o Automotive and motor or mechanism design and development

o Radio communication design and development

• Proficient in the use of the requirement development and management tool DOORS

• Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents

• Experience in avionics system testing and evaluation

• Knowledge in any of the following areas: Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), or Human Factors

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.

Job Category : Engineering