X-Lab Senior Systems Engineer 4 (18-167)

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) was selected by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to participate on the Missile Defense National Team. This team was chartered to develop a Ballistic Missile Defense System for the United States. Missile Defense and Protective Systems (MDPS) serves as Northrop Grumman Mission Systems' focal point for all activities associated with missile defense, including Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC), simulation & modeling, systems engineering, and target discrimination.

We are seeking highly qualified candidates for an X-Lab Senior Systems Engineer. The X-Lab is a very fast paced and dynamic environment. The X-Lab is responsible for developing future looking prototypes for the Ballistic Missile Defense System including Sensor/Weapon Integration, Algorithm Development, User Interface Development and other critical leading-edge missile defense technologies. This position will be located at Schriever Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, CO.

The Senior Systems Engineer will assist in full cycle systems engineering of advanced concepts including CONOPS development, system interface design, algorithm design, tool development and system analysis (functional and performance). This position will focus on the integration of the R&D systems and will contribute to other ongoing X-Lab and Special Projects as needed. Responsibilities will include assessing how the prototype system performs using state vectors, integrating source tracks into the prototype and assessing track processing results, generating and assessing concurrent radar and sensor tracks during M&S and live flight events, and enhancing experimental prototypes based on results of these activities.

The Senior Systems Engineer will perform as individual contributor and Project Lead for advanced concepts development projects. The position is responsible for defining Operations Concepts, designing prototype capabilities, guiding prototype implementation, designing experiment & test strategies, analyzing results and applying results to guide prototype evolution into C2BMC the production system. The position will support advanced concept demonstrations during live and simulated MDA test events and work with senior C2BMC technical leaders to evolve advanced Missile Defense command and control capabilities.

A small amount of travel may be required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)field with 9 or more years of experience; or 7 years experience with a Masters degree in the same field
  • A final Top Secret clearance with SCI Eligible is required to start
  • Experience and expertise in systems-of-systems definition and integration.
  • Experience with integration and test activities
  • A proven track record of successfully applying system engineering principles to develop product solutions
  • Experience developing system engineering artifacts (e.g. specifications, Interface Control Documents, Use Cases, System Architecture Descriptions, Trade Studies, etc)
  • Skills required include: identification and definition of desired capabilities, fielding of new capabilities, system-of-system definition, integration practices and methods, communicating the desired capabilities to a diverse group of developers, engineers, subject matter experts, and users, and missile defense and sensor related data analysis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings. Ability to write and implement engineering plans within a project.
  • Knowledge of Windows operating system required
  • The ability to contribute to the development of system requirements and use cases, develop CONOPS, plan test events, develop test architectures, conduct peer reviews, and analyze test results.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in a STEM field with 7 or more years of experience
  • TS/SCI clearance is preferred
  • Experience with Missile Defense Systems, Aegis Weapon System and algorithm development highly desired.
  • Knowledge of ballistic missile track correlation algorithms a plus
  • Knowledge of command and control systems desired
  • Knowledge of ballistic missile track correlation algorithms a plus.
  • Familiarity with the application and use of systems engineering tools for requirements management is desirable. Experience with professional analysis tools: Matlab, Excel, S-code, STK, MS-Windows; Unix/Linux Coding skills (Java, C++, or shell scripts)
  • Knowledge of Unix operating system desired

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.${descr2}${descr3}

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