Airborne Systems Operator, Sr. Princpal-19015427

Location: Chantilly
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: Top Secret
Number of Openings : 1
Shift : Multiple

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all the while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies If so, then Northrop Grumman may be the place for you.


As a leading global security company, we provide innovative systems, products and solutions to our customers worldwide. We are comprised of diverse professionals that bring different perspectives and ideas, understanding that the more experiences we bring to our work the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our workforce we look for people that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.   

Job Description: 

Northrop Grumman Technology Services sector is seeking a Sr. Principal Airborne System Operator to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Chantilly, VA.  


Successful candidate will conduct Mission System and Air Vehicle ground and flight tests, as a crewmember or non-crewmember, to support the System Specification verification process, Production Verification, and follow on testing. Defines plans, organizes and executes complex flight profiles and flight test events. Conducts briefings, debriefings, coordinates with maintenance personnel, engineers, and test directors to analyze and correct discrepancies. Act as engineering and data analysis liaison for Future Development Insertion for the System. Write technical reports for ground and flight test events. Attend Air Vehicle and Mission System Technical Interchange Meetings, Preliminary Design Reviews, Critical Design Reviews, and Flight Readiness Reviews. Support engineering with development of test plans, procedures, and test cards. When designated as Test Conductor, be responsible for overall conduct of test, act as engineering and data analysis liaison for test conducted, and write technical reports for ground and flight test events. May conduct demonstration flights with customers, government officials, or other personnel to exhibit aircraft performance, flying qualities and system capabilities. 









Basic Qualifications: 

  • Position requires 9 years of experience with Bachelors in Science; 7 years with Masters. Relevant experience may be used in lieu of education.

  • Must be familiar with aviation technical data and training development.

  • Ability to analyze situations to discover facts, knowledge, interpretations to carry out prescribe actions(s).

  • Must be proficient using MS Office applications and have had experience using imagery exploitation software such as Socet GXP. 

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment. 

  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include extended shifts, holidays, and weekends and support on call status for 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days a year.

  • Applicants must be a US citizen and have a current and active DoD Top Secret/SCI clearance with ability to obtain a polygraph. 

  • The ability to obtain and retain Special Program access clearance within 365 days from submission.

  • Must meet medical requirements for an FAA Class 3 physical.

 Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Previous simulator instructor experience. 

  • A current SCI clearance and polygraph.

  • Flight experience and familiarity with PFPS, JMPS and/or FalconView mission planning software is highly desired.  

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.











Job ID: 19015427

What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like flexible work schedules, education assistance and paid time off.
Top Secret Required
Yes, 50 % of the Time
No - Teleworking not available for this position