Engineer Systems Architect 6 for Space Applications

Northrop Grumman is seeking candidates with outstanding leadership skills who would be responsible for providing subject matter expertise within the Mission Systems Engineering (MSE) – Space group. This candidate will be able to address five space systems engineering elements: (1) Designing and developing system architectures for space applications; (2) Defining key capabilities and performance requirements; (3) Providing physics level and mission level modeling subject matter expertise; (4) Developing thorough definition of system interfaces; and, (5) Guiding system implementation approaches IAW operational concepts. This candidate will also be responsible for close customer cooperation to ensure that requirements meet customer expectations.

This position will report directly to the MSE-Space Department Manager supporting the Northrop Grumman Corporation Mission Systems Sector Space IS&R Division. The MSE-Space group provides full life cycle mission systems engineering to captures and programs.

For programs and proposals, this position performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. This position is responsible for ensuring the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. This position performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

This position requires a multi-disciplined knowledge in areas related to engineering including systems design, hardware, software and firmware design, integration and test. Applicant will interface with multiple disciplines including customers, internal executive management, program management, hardware, software and system engineering, procurement, suppliers, and manufacturing. In addition, the applicant must be able to lead, and report progress for requirements documentation, technical risk management, key system performance parameters, lessons learned, and cost and schedule performance (EVMS).

The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate strong leadership skills and will have a track record as an effective communicator and problem solver who is able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The candidate will have an ability to operate in a team environment and collaborate across the sector business areas as required to accomplish the team goals. The selected candidate will work closely with the Directors and Managers of other engineering disciplines, Program Directors and Program Managers.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability: Apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts. Contribute to the development of new principles and concepts.

Problem Solving: Work on unusually complex technical problems and provide solutions which are highly innovative and affordable.

Discretion/Latitude: Works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives. Assignments are often self-initiated. Determine and pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results. Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of superior.

Impact: Develops advanced technological ideas and guides their development into a final product.

Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Apply and/or develop highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts. Viewed as expert within the field. Able to communicate effectively at the highest levels.

Develops information which extends knowledge in a given field. Information may form the basis of newly developed concepts, theories and products.

Acts independently to uncover and resolve issues associated with the development and implementation of operational programs. Plans R & D programs and recommends technological application programs to accomplish long-range objectives. Work accomplished typically supports long-range strategic goals. Work is checked only to the effectiveness of results obtained, typically requiring a long-term perspective.

Position may be located in Aurora, CO; Boulder, CO; Linthicum, MD; or Redondo Beach, CA.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Education and required experience: 20 Years with Bachelors in Engineering or closely related discipline or ; 18 Years with Masters in Engineering or closely related discipline ; 15 Years with PhD in Engineering or close related discipline.
  • Candidates must have relevant leadership experience in the engineering, manufacturing or logistics discipline, and/or relevant leadership experience with development and/or production program execution.
  • High proficiency in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring.
  • Experience in design, development, implementation, or operation of Spacecraft or Space Payloads.
  • US Citizenship and Active top-secret clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI with counterintelligence polygraph.
  • RF, RADAR, and/or Electro-Optical development and implementation experience for Space Applications.

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 statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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