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Senior Principal Systems Engineer

Promontory, UT
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: GEM20171810-41816

With annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, over 12,000 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.

Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experienced Senior Principal Systems Engineer to join our Systems Engineering team in our Promontory, Utah offices.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Senior Principal Systems Engineer is responsible for development of requirements, verification planning and change integration for our major systems.  The Senior Systems Engineer will be responsible for leading and developing new systems and system upgrades by managing requirements and integrated changes in a disciplined, broad reaching process, to ensure our systems perform to specification and satisfy every customer need.

Job Duties:

  • Determine system needs and translate into verifiable performance and design requirements for solid rocket propulsion systems
  • Evaluate all customer requirements and flow down into lower level  specifications and take the lead to determine implementation approach into designs and manufacturing
  • Determine and assess verification (test, analysis, inspection) for all requirement
  • Manage requirements and verification approach in requirements management database
  • Work closely with customer and stakeholders to evaluate results of verification processes and validate results against system requirements and needs
  • Integrate customer directed changes into the system and facilitate implementation of changes within a change management system
  • Coordinate and communicate with all stakeholders, including customers, all things related to requirements, implementation of requirements and verification, and resolution of problems and issues
  • Work on design and system trades to identify solutions to multi-variable problems, balancing all other considerations like cost, schedule and reliability
  • Lead pursuit of engineering design solutions to satisfy all system requirements

Experience Requirements:  A qualified candidate for this position should have some experience relevant to this position, including:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in an engineering discipline area such as Mechanical or Aerospace or a field related to Systems Engineering, preferably in a government contractor environment
  • Exposure and familiarity with a requirements management database tool or other systems engineering tool, preferably directly using the tool
  • Experience in engineering design and project management, developing designs through to production

Experience Preferred A candidate qualified for this position should have some level of experience in:

  • Planning and execution of a development project in a Project Engineering or Program Management capacity
  • Project management planning, scheduling and budgeting using an Earned Value Management System tools and approach
  • Leading a development project, particularly a project requiring integration of products originating from multiple engineering disciplines
  • Development and management of interface control methods and management of interfaces
  • Familiarity with requirement sets and system architectural approach necessary for spaceflight systems (ordnance, high reliability electronics, thrust vector control, flight safety systems)
  • Use and implementation of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approaches in characterization of a system
  • Understanding and familiarity with space flight and rocket propulsion design

Skills & Qualifications:  A candidate qualified for this position should have the following demonstrated skills and experience:

  • A broad understanding of product development processes
  • Strong experience in Mechanical or Propulsion design
  • Strong knowledge of Mil-Std-961 specification guidelines
  • Strong working knowledge of configuration management tools and practices
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong drive to continuous improve


  • MS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Engineering Management or related field is required. Consideration will be given to candidates with a BS degree in Engineering or Physics with strong relevant experience
  • A graduate certificate or advanced degree in Systems Engineering is preferred
  • BS/MS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Engineering Management required.
    B.S. degree in with 10 years  experience, MS with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience.

Position may be filled at a lower level (Principal Mechanical Engineer)

  • BS/MS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Engineering Management required.
         MS degree with 5 years experience, BS degree with 7 years experience, or PhD with 2 years of experience.

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.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

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