Sr Staff Engineer Mission Architect - Journey Manhattan Beach, CA

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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world's biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

We have an opening for Sr Staff Engineer Mission Architect to join our qualified, diverse team in Manhattan Beach, CA. The Sr Staff Engineer Mission Architect is responsible for leading multiple IRADs and proposals. The successful candidate works with diverse teams across the company and industry to establish pursuit strategies, define system architecture baselines, and develop content for competitive proposals and capture efforts. Performs system-of-system trades, modeling, simulation, and analysis to assess space mission architecture alternatives for delivering a customer mission effect, data or capability as it fits within a broader campaign. Performs analysis-of-alternatives and synthesizes mission elements to lead to a cohesive space mission solution. Space mission architecture trades focus on payloads, ground segment, mission planning, Concepts of Operations (CONOPS), Design Reference Missions (DRM), system security and external interfaces.

The candidate is expected to have experience working with multiple customers, a broad understanding of multiple engineering disciplines and technologies, and bring expertise to bare in the domain of mission management and/or mission control. The candidate is expected to have experience working with multiple DoD and/or Intelligence Community customers and will lead the team in defining system architectures including ground and space execution environments. The candidate is expected to produce customer demonstration level capabilities including software as a discriminator in shaping capture efforts and proposals. The role ensures systems engineering standards are met, develop proposal technical volume content, and provides basis of estimate (BOE). Additionally, the Sr Staff Engineer Mission Architect is expected to perform independent reviews for other capture efforts and established programs throughout the development lifecycle outside of primary areas of responsibility.

The job will require work to be performed on-site regularly. Depending on the customer and assignment occasional remote work opportunities may be available.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 14 Years with BS; 12 Years with Masters; 9 Years with PhD

  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, common ground approaches, implementations, components, standards, interfaces, constraints, civil requirements, and security needs

  • Knowledge of satellite communications and operations.

  • Demonstrated experience quickly learning new concepts and approaches

  • Experience writing and presenting technical information to customer and internal management audiences

  • Must have a current active TS/SCI security clearance

  • Ability to travel 10%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiar with DoD and/or IC Enterprise

  • Experience with Agile development

  • 5+ years Ground C2 and/or Mission Management Systems

  • Experience with Analysis of Alternatives and Modelling and Simulation.

  • Experience with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and microservices

  • Familiarity and direct experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering languages (SysML/UML) and concepts

  • Experience with Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) with Cameo EA

  • Excellent technical writing and team building skills

Salary Range: $178,700 - $268,100

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.