Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Senior Staff Electrical Engineer

Kennedy Space Center, FL
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: GEM20181209-47531

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

We are currently seeking an experienced Senior Staff Electrical Engineer to provide leadership to our SLS Booster and BOLE Avionics team in our Kennedy Space Center, FL offices.

Role description & Responsibilities:

The SLS Booster and BOLE Avionics Systems Design and Test Sr. Staff Engineer is responsible for technical design and test engineering systems planning, implementation and execution, and is accountable to the SLS Booster Project Chief Engineer.  The position includes project responsibilities associated with test-focused portions of avionics and electrical systems, design/development of test checkout and electrical/TVC/TVA systems, facility technical readiness, verification/certification, and coordination with the related SLS vehicle ground operations personnel for interfaces at the RPSF, VAB, and on and off location data centers.  A particular focus of this position is the BOLE program avionics architecture design technical direction; responsibilities include overall failure tolerance design of the avionics systems functionality, comm systems, and guidance systems functionality.  LRU design oversite and technical evaluations, with interfacing responsibilities for NGIS suppliers and for MRB resolution, are fundamental responsibilities.  Job scope includes instrumentation, test equipment support and design enhancement responsibilities for all related components and complete related avionics and instrumentation systems.  The position is located at the NGIS KSC facility, but supports the broader SLS booster project teams located in Huntsville Al. and at Promontory UT, as such, travel will be required. This position ensures component and systems design, test and checkout technical integrity is achieved within cost and schedule constraints. 

Job Duties:    

  • Technical Project Planning and Logic Development
  • Electrical/Avionics, LRU, instrumentation, and TVC technical design, oversight, test and integrated systems
  • Coordination of assignments with required technical teams and resources to support execution
  • Project-level scope execution tracking and control
  • Compliant design release to meet requirements
  • Proposal support
  • Supplier technical oversight and MRB resolution
  • Support for Configuration Control Boards, Flight Review Boards and Material Review Boards

Experience Requirements:  

The selected candidate should have significant knowledge of both Analog and Digital systems, familiarity with aerospace bus architectures (MIL-STD-1553, EIA-422), and experience with FPGA/ASIC design in a complex Avionics application. 

  • Candidate must have a minimum of 20 years’ experience with fault-tolerant electrical systems and component design, avionics, and experience with related test and manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to travel:  Travel expectation of 10% – 20%

Experience Preferred

A preferred candidate will possess significant background in electrical and TVC systems design, including PWB/PCB design, test and implementation, instrumentation design and implementation, launch vehicle electrical systems and cabling design, and complete integrated systems and component problem solving skills, along with the following:

  • Strong communication, planning, project management and presentation skills
  • Experience in Requirements Development, Allocation, Specification Development and Verification planning and reporting.
  • Significant experience with electrical systems, related mechanical systems, and materials/processing methods/techniques associated with design, build, test and qualification of related LRUs and integrated systems
  • Experience with configuration management processes and practices, statistical process control, and supplier management.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering, or physics) required with 20 years of experience, MS with 15 years of experience, or PhD with 10 years of experience.

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.

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: +10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Flight