Sr. / Principal Engineer: Guidance Navigation Control (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles VA)

Northrop Grumman

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Dulles, VA

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    Position summary

    engineer to fill the position of Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) cognizant engineer. This is a hardware position and focuses on the procurement, integration, and testing of GNC flight hardware components. NGSP GNC is procuring, designing, building, integrating, and testing spacecraft components for a mix of DoD, NASA, and commercial customers. We are leaders in innovative solutions to the rapidly growing & evolving fields of space based autonomous rendezvous and docking and rapid design/production of small satellites. We are seeking a highly talented and ambitious hardware Engineer to procure, integrate, and test GNC components to ensure that they will meet our spacecraft requirements. The hardware engineer will work within the GNC subsystem team and under the supervision of the GNC subsystem lead.

    A spacecraft GNC component engineer is expected to:

    • Perform GNC component trade studies (including make/buy trades and supplier identification/research). These components may include but are not limited to star trackers, lidars, GPS receivers, sun sensors, reaction wheels, IR cameras, inertia reference units and space based visible cameras.
    • Work with the subcontracts/supply chain team as the technical lead to manage procurements, documentation, and design reviews.
    • Work closely with multiple suppliers (domestic and international) to monitor procurement, manufacturing, and testing.
    • Work closely across multiple subsystems, and present to managers and customers relevant GNC component data and/or reports. Communication is a critical element of your role.
    • Be able to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Lead the effort between the component supplier, program, and subsystems to close out component related test failures and issues as they occur.
    • Travel to and support launch site activities.
    • Create and test component level scripts to verify the functionality of GNC components and work with team to integrate the components into the spacecraft
    • Be flexible with shift work during different phases of the program

    All GNC engineers are expected to:

    • Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company process, and knowledge of vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, classical/modern control, and estimation theory to perform tasks to advanced program/project goals
    • Document designs, analysis, and test results and create presentation materials
    • Present designs, analysis, reviews, and test results to internal and external customers
    • Work well within small- to medium-sized groups
    • Have strong understanding of electrical and mechanical systems
    • Have strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Have strong interpersonal skills
    • Have strong project leadership skills

    Experience working with the following components are strongly recommended:

    • GPS Receivers
    • Reaction Wheels
    • Star Trackers
    • Analog Sun Sensors
    • Inertial Measurement/Reference Units

    Basic Qualifications:

    (T3 Principal Engineer)

    • BS degree in aerospace, engineering, math, physics, or science with 5 years of experience on hardware related projects, or
    • MS degree in aerospace, engineering, math, physics, or science with 3 years of experience on hardware related projects, or
    • PhD degree in aerospace, engineering, math, physics, or science with 0 years of experience on hardware related projects
    • Experience in spacecraft GNC subsystem design, analysis, and testing
    • Active Top Secret (TS/SCI) Security Clearance

    (T4 Sr. Principal Engineer)

    • BS degree in aerospace, engineering, math, physics, or science with 9 years of experience on hardware related projects, or
    • MS degree in aerospace, engineering, math, physics, or science with 7 years of experience on hardware related projects, or
    • PhD degree in aerospace, engineering, math, physics, or science with 4 years of experience on hardware related projects
    • Experience in spacecraft GNC subsystem design, analysis, and testing
    • Active Top Secret (TS/SCI) Security Clearance

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • MS or PhD degree in engineering, physics, or math
    • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++ or Python

    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:
    Medical
    Dental & Vision coverage
    401k
    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)

    For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.

    Link: https://www.northropgrumman.com/benefits

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    Salary Range: $107,300 - $160,900
    Salary Range 2: $133,000 - $199,600

    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 http://https://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

    Why you should apply for a job to Northrop Grumman:

  • 93% say the CEO supports gender diversity
  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • Back-up Care Advantage offers employees a safety net for those days when regular care arrangements fall through.
  • Sitter City offers access to babysitters, dog walkers & caregivers who can assist with special needs, companion care, housekeeping & more.
  • We’ve partnered with College Coach, an organization that can assist employees and their families through important educational challenges.