Orbital ATK Careers

Sr. Manager Engineering

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: ETF20181403-44456

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, approximately 12,500 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission ? whether it?s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world?s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation?s largest manufacturer of ammunition. United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential. If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

Job Summary

This position reports to the Director, Integrated Operations within the Systems Engineering Directorate. The Sr. Manager, Ground Systems, located in Dulles, VA, performs cost/schedule/technical oversight of a group of engineers who architects, integrates, tests, operates, maintains, and sustains end-to-end ground systems for commercial, civil, and defense customers.  This “working manager” also performs systems engineering and ground system operations duties for active space and ground programs.

Management Role

The Sr. Manager is responsible for ensuring ground systems work is staffed and properly executed on each active program, and has hiring authority to ensure the staff is comprised of the right number and skill mix of engineers.  The Sr. Manager is responsible for annual performance and salary reviews, timecard approvals, and other administrative duties as required.  The Sr. Manager establishes standards, processes, and best practices in use by the ground systems team, and is responsible for continuous improvement.  The Sr. Manager manages subcontractors who can perform work in support of both CONUS and OCONUS projects.

Technical Role

The Sr. Manager is considered a subject matter expert who can provide advice/direction to staff members, as well as participate in a technical role throughout the system lifecycle.  The types of projects ranges from satellite operations centers, network operations centers, data handling, payload operations centers, Telemetry, Tracking & Control (TT&C) stations, networking, and data backhaul.  The ground systems team supports commercial, civil, and DoD customers, and systems in several orbit regimes.  Mission types include: Commercial geosynchronous communications systems, earth and space science & environmental data collection, imaging, and space logistics (e.g. Cargo delivery to the ISS).

Key Technologies

  • Networking & data transport
  • Data Storage
  • Ground Systems Hardware (Servers, Firewalls, Antennas, Networking equipment, up/down converters, baseband units, etc.)
  • RF communication
  • Encryption
  • Agile development
  • Model-based Systems Engineering

Other Skills

  • Communications & Briefing skills
  • Earned Value Management
  • Developing proposal inputs and Basis of Estimates
  • Equally comfortable with a wrench and Powerpoint!


  • Requires BS (Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent) & 20 years or Masters Degree & 15 years or PhD & 10 years or equivalent combination of education & experience.
  • Top Secret clearance (SCI preferred)
  • Previous experience with real-time ground systems is required
  • Previous experience with ground station installation, integration, and test is required

Previous experience with real-time software development

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products ? and your ideas ? into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you?ll be amazed at what you can do!We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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