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Principal Systems Engineer/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10070765

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Oxnard, CA, USA   |  Goleta, CA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS) has an opening for either a Principal Systems Engineer (level 3) or a Senior Principal Systems Engineer (level 4) to join our qualified, diverse team at our Deployables Operating Unit in Oxnard, CA. Our products have enabled global communication and scientific discovery, flown to distant planets and beyond our solar system, and will allow future generations to see back in time to the beginning of our universe.

What you will do:

The System Engineer role supports the design, development, integration and test of deployable space systems and subsystems such as large deployable structures and mechanisms including but not limited to RF antennas, flat panel arrays, solar panels and sunshades. The System Engineer will perform technical planning, requirements management, system integration, verification and validation, and analyses for a total systems solution. Work is performed at all levels of total system product including concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, in-orbit deployment, and operation.

Successful candidates will perform the following job functions in a team environment:

  • Requirements Development & Management: Organize and define system level requirements, derive and allocate requirements to subsystems (performing or coordinating analyses as required), manage the requirements baseline in a relational database (such as DOORS), write clear requirement specifications, create Requirements Traceability and Verification Matrices (RTVMs), and collect the objective quality evidence (OQE) that verifies requirements are met.
  • Modeling, Simulation & Analysis: Develop system modeling, simulation, analysis and trade study activities, system capability analysis, deployable mechanisms performance/effectiveness analysis to ensure performance capabilities are consistent with mission requirements.
  • Interface Development & Management: Identify external and internal interfaces, define parameters that characterize those interfaces (performing or coordinating analyses as required), develop interface control documents & deliverables, and participate in system architecture & design development to resolve interface issues and ensure interface compliance.

Successful candidates will ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. Systems engineers also perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detailed trade studies, requirements allocation, change management, and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware specifications along with reviewing and overseeing design tailoring to meet specification requirements.

Knowledge in the following areas is desired:

  • DOORS software database
  • Model based system engineering
  • Proficient with MS Office
  • Familiar with Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Familiar with CAD tools
  • Knowledge of Space programs
  • Knowledge of military and industrial specifications for materials and components
  • Familiar with drawing and design standards (ASME Y14.00)

Basic Qualifications for a Systems Engineer: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 2 years of Aerospace/Defense engineering experience, or a Master's degree in Systems Engineering
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Systems Engineer: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 5 years of Aerospace/Defense engineering experience, or a Master's degree in Systems Engineering with 3 years of stated experience
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Systems Engineer: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 10 years of Aerospace/Defense engineering experience, or a Master's degree in Systems Engineering with 5 years of stated experience
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expertise of Systems Engineering discipline, tools, processes, and products
  • Experience with requirements management databases (e.g., DOORS)
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering tools and processes
  • Experience with design development for space domain and technologies
  • Experience in integration and test of complex systems
  • Experience preparing work products associated with the system engineering lifecycle milestones (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR, PSR)
  • Experience reviewing part and assembly drawings

    This position reports to Oxnard, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Goleta, CA, CA, USA.


    Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.