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SWDC MDST Systems Engineer Lead

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. 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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

No matter the assignment, Northrop Grumman is committed to being a leader in Cyber, Logistics and Modernization, Autonomous Systems, C4ISR, and Strike. For us, it's about more than just performing. It means realizing the values that define us: responsibility, trust, integrity and protecting freedom worldwide. These values inspire and unite our people- who make everything we do possible.
The Engineering, Sciences and Technology (ES&T) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!
The Specialized Warfighter Development Contract (SWDC) Missile Defense Space Warning Tool (MDST) team, is seeking a talented, motivated Senior Systems Engineer to support the development of the next generation of high fidelity, physics-based infrared space sensor simulations. This position is located at Schriever Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, CO.
MDST offers a progressive, highly collaborative development environment, and is recognized as the leader in agile software development practices within the MDA. MDST fosters a culture of innovation, and encourages both individual and team growth. We use a fast paced, trunk-based development methodology supported by advanced DevOps automation technologies including continuous integration, improvement, and delivery on a modern Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 platform. MDST has collaborative, self-organized teams creating high fidelity, optimistic parallel discrete event simulators in C++ and innovative user experiences with Java FX. MDST provides opportunities to explore new technologies and innovative software best practices, and implement them within a production environment supported by a DevOps culture.
As a Senior Principal Systems Engineer on the MDST team, you will:
  • Help define the product vision
  • Work collaboratively with team members, government customers, and product users to realize that vision
  • Lead and actively participate in the software development requirements process
  • Lead and actively participate in analysis and systems engineering activities on the project
  • Support exercises, events, and training in conjunction with MDST Operations and external stakeholders
  • Actively communicate MDST capabilities, project status, special study results, and software requirements with government customers, product users, the warfighting community, and contractor management
  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems requiring ingenuity and creativity with considerable latitude in and responsibility for determining the solution
  • Mentor other team members
  • Understand and communicate MDST product line finances, to include Earned Value Management (EVM), to government customers and contractor management
  • Support and backup the MDST Product Line Lead in the management of the MDST program

Additional Northrop Grumman Information:

Northrop Grumman has approximately 85,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.
Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.
Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world.

What Qualifications You'll Bring:
  • 9 Years experiencewith Bachelors in Science; 7 Years experiencewith Masters; 4 Years experience with PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline.

  • Experience in Operations Research methodologies, with demonstrated knowledge using analytic tools (e.g. Matlab, Python)

  • 5 year's systems engineering experience in direct support of software development, to include requirements derivation, tracking and demonstration of compliance

  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems with minimal oversight

  • An understanding of the software development lifecycle including analysis, design, code, test, integration, maintenance

  • Experience in agile software development methodologies including Scrum and Kanban

  • Experience with model Verification and Validation (V&V)

  • Experience in leading teams and projects

  • Experience with the Linux operating system

  • Experience with software development of models and simulations

  • Experience with software requirement decomposition and high-level software estimation techniques

  • Experience mentoring junior staff

  • Currently possess a DoD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Operations Research, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, or related discipline
  • Experience performing system engineering activities, including; system decomposition, OV and SV generation, conducting trade studies, interface definition studies and the derivation of interface details to requirements
  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Possess an agile certification (e.g. Scrum Master, Product Owner)
  • Experience in engineering modeling and simulation systems using an optimistic parallel discrete event simulation (OP-DES) platform
  • Experience in Linux scripting (Perl, Bash, Python, etc)
  • Experience using the Satellite Took Kit (STK)
  • Knowledge/experience in User Experience (UX) design and research
  • Knowledge/experience in any of the following: missile defense systems, space-based sensor systems, Theater Event System, infrared sensors, tactical communication systems
  • Experience working both independently and in a team environment
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Currently possess a DoD TS/SCI

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your package will include the following:

Health Plan
Savings Plan
Paid Time Off
Wellness Program
Employee Discount Program
On-Site Fitness Center (available at some locations)
Flexible Work Schedules
Additional benefits
o Education Assistance
o Training and Development

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 U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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Schriever AFB, Colorado
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