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Sr. Principal Information Assurance Engineer – Top Secret Clearance (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10076827

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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.

This experienced, cleared position for a Sr Principal Cyber/SSE executes Systems Security Engineering (SSE) tasks in support of Space Programs, with responsibilities across Space Segments, Communications Segments, Ground Segments, and in some cases User Segments.  This position is based in our Gilbert, Arizona facility and is focused on securing space vehicle test laboratories, Integration & Test environments, Research & Development environments, in support of national security Space Systems.

  • Working as the Cyber/Systems Security Engineering Subject Matter Expert (SME) part of an integrated product team (IPT) to architect, implement, and satisfy NIST 800-171 and/or NIST 800-53 Risk Management Framework (RMF) CyberSecurity, CyberResilience, and/or CyberSurvivability requirements in support of: satellite systems, communications links, and ground command & control (C2) systems – including test labs and other enclaves.
  • Allocating system-level requirements (and/or mapping to security controls), which includes working as part of the systems engineering team to decompose system-level security requirements across relevant Segments, Subsystems and down to specific Components.
  • This allocation process includes requirements associated with secure program protection requirements across Systems Security Engineering specialty areas, or the following disciplines:  Software Security Assurance, TEMPEST, COMSEC Key Management, and cryptographic component integration/development/certification. 
  • Leading junior Cyber/SSE personnel and individually contributing to Attack Surface Analysis (ASA) and preparing Systems Security Plan (SSP) documentation for enclaves/environments that support development, integration & test of complex space systems, including Risk Assessment Reports (RAR), Security Control Traceability Matrices (SCTM), and Security Assessment Plans/Reports.
  • Leading systems secure development activities, specifically hardening systems to meet secure baseline requirements, such as DISA STIGs or CIS Benchmarks, for Commercial, Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies.  And/or supporting, cognizant engineers in the hardening of custom-built hardware/software.
  • Leading and Executing assessment procedures to verify conformance with Commercial, Federal Civilian agency, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, IA/Cyber security controls, and or survivability requirements, as required based on the specified customer/system requirements and risk threshold.
  • Leading and Executing systems engineering, integration, and test activities for security-critical components, such as firewalls, anti-virus, HIDS/NIDS/HIPS, Cross Domain Solutions, cryptographic devices, and controlled interfaces.
  • Leading and Executing secure system maintenance activities as a privileged user, specifically but not limited to performing, routine audit log reviews, scanning for vulnerabilities, and confirming patches are applied to COTS software.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in STEM Science Technology Engineering Math and 9 years IT security experience, any federally regulated industry
  • 13 years experience in lieu of degree
  • Implementing the Risk Management Framework (RMF) NIST 800-37 using NIST 800-53 controls in unclassified environments  (alternatively using the NIST 800-171 for CMMC compliance)
  • Securing systems composed of COTS HW/SW
  • STEM-focused Masters Degree can substitute for 2 years experience.
  • DoD 8570 IAT-III Security certification
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with Top Secret clearance and ability to obtain additional accesses.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Aerospace Engineering
  • 7+ years Cyber Systems Security Engineering experience in the Defense Aerospace Industry performing:
  • Security requirements analysis and decomposition; and/or mapping requirements to security controls
  • Hardening embedded systems composed of both COTS and Custom HW/SW
  • Exposure to national security requirements for classified systems.
  • CISSP Certification
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:  Systems Engineering processes; applying security to embedded systems; systems engineering reviews, milestones, and SDLC.

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Salary Range: $108,600 USD - $163,000 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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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 work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.