Staff Communications Systems Engineer - (Space/Satellite) Top Secret

Northrop Grumman



Dulles, VA


Position summary

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.
Northrup Grumman, Space Systems Sector - Integrated Operations is looking for an experienced Lead Ground System Engineer to join the Ground System team to work with Government Customers to understand and define ground segment architectures, Ground System Trade Studies, security and infrastructure requirements for Ground Solutions by defining, adapting and deploying ground Software and communication systems required to operate the mission.
Utilize sound engineering practices to develop, implement, and maintain end-to-end Satellite ground systems. Manage the requirements, design, and implementation for ground networks and End-to-End ground systems to Support Mission Operations, RFP / Proposals, post win ground operation development. This position is located in our Dulles, VA location.

This role is a tech lead position on our Waimea Capture team, and is responsible for leading and coordinating architecture development and design activities for the ground segment, including C2, for the Waimea operational prototype (OP) and the W1 and W2 objective systems.


  • Lead design trades and analysis for ground segment, including C2, solutions for the Waimea OP and objective systems
  • Lead trades with other NG organizations to assess their ground capabilities and what Waimea can leverage Lead the ground requirements, in coordination with the Waimea SE team, for the OP to achieve SRR in Q2 2024
  • Lead the ground requirements, in coordination with the Waimea SE team, for the W1 and W2 objective systems to support capture activities
  • Lead the HW, SW, and interface design efforts for the OP to achieve PDR and CDR
  • Support systems level design activities and SoS design and architecture.


Basic Qualifications:

  • https://B.S. In Computer Science, Information Technology or Equivalent with 14 years of experience or MS degree and 12 years of experience
  • 10 years experience in developing, building, or operating space systems
  • Must have https://U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top Secret level clearance and the ability to obtain SCI level access.
  • 2 years experience in leading, operating, or designing ground segment HW or SW for space systems, or equivalent experience
  • 2 years experience in designing and/or building ground segment interfaces for space systems, or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years experience in leading, operating, or designing ground segment HW or SW for space systems, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in leading design trades and architecture analysis for ground segment HW and SW
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical briefings for customers and/or executive leadership

Salary Range: $146,000 - $219,000

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. https://U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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 . https://U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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