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Sr. Staff Ground Systems Engineer - Communications Systems (Space/Satellite) at Northrop Grumman

Sr. Staff Ground Systems Engineer - Communications Systems (Space/Satellite)

Northrop Grumman Sterling, VA Full-Time


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


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 worlds 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.

Northrup Grumman, Space Systems Sector Integrated Operations is looking for experienced Ground System Engineers to join the Ground System team to work with Government Customers to understand and define ground interface, security and infrastructure requirements for Ground Solutions by defining, adapting and deploying ground Software and communication systems required to operate the mission.

This position will be located in Dulles, VA. The Ground Systems Engineer will 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, existing ground systems and upgrades - technology refresh, and reliability / maintainability.

Specific experience and responsibilities shall include:

  • Designing, developing, building, and operating satellite control centers

  • Familiarity / experience with MMSOC and EGS compliant Satellite ground systems

  • Ground support equipment FEPs, Crypto hardware, Modems, routers, firewalls, Servers / workstations, Linux, MS.

  • Connections to external customers, entities, and RF terminals

  • Writing program specific ground ICDs per program

  • Developing ground network design architecture based on program requirements

  • Holding weekly / regular meetings with ground stakeholders

  • Coordinating end-to-end testing with space vehicles in during the I&T phase

  • Ground segment end-to-end architecture design

  • Ground segment requirements management and development

  • Ground software design and configuration for Telemetry Tracking Command & Control and Mission Planning

  • Space Vehicle to Ground and Ground to Space communication design, implementation & testing.

  • Ground to Ground network communications design, implementation & testing

  • Responsible for developing and configuring ground software operation baselines to include, command / telemetry database baselines, and developing Space-Ground ICDs, Coordinate and conduct PDR/CDR/FAT/SAT ground segment support activities. Product Deliveries include: Space-Ground ICD, Command and Telemetry Databases, Emulator/Flastsat/Simulator baseline control.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Systems Engineer 6 - Bachelors Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 20 Years with Bachelors in Science; 15 Years with Masters; 12 Years with PhD. and 4+ years of experience.

  • Must be a US Citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Secret Clearance level: Top Secret SSBI / SCI eligible

  • Certifications: CompTIA Security + or equivalent.

  • DoD Satcom Security Experience: Cybersecurity and IA/IS OpSec 5205.02

Salary Range: $157,500.00 - $236,300.00

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. 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 [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Staff Ground Systems Engineer - Communications Systems (Space/Satellite) .

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 [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Staff Ground Systems Engineer - Communications Systems (Space/Satellite) . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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