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Systems Enginer – Modeling and Simulation – Future Unmanned Air System (Engineer or Principal Engineer Level)

Requisition ID: R10034183

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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: 2

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and support the Systems Analysis and Simulation Group. This position will be at Northrop Grumman’s South Bay Center of Excellence (CoE) located in Redondo Beach, CA.

Position Overview:

The Aeronautics Systems Analysis and Simulation organization is looking for an agile software systems engineer to join the future unmanned air systems modeling and simulation team. In this role, you will be asked to work in a small team environment to conduct research, develop software, and perform analysis of a wide variety of system types across multiple domains (friendly and adversary; ground, air and space) to drive the development of clean-sheet requirements, refine existing program system requirements, and influence the pursuit of future technologies and capabilities.

Essential Functions:  

  • Develop new and/or integrate existing system simulation frameworks, performance models and algorithms, threat models and command and control models.

    Simulates real-time operations and develops software that simulates behavior of systems using AFSIM.

    Develops integrates and uses advanced graphical user interfaces and visualization tools.

  • Models operational environments, performs trade studies via computer simulation and recommends alternative architectures.

    Performs operational analysis and mission effectiveness analysis.

    Solicit input from various stakeholders, synthesize data, and communicate results to various levels of leadership within the organization.

  • The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

This requisition may be filled at either a Software Engineer level or Principal Software Engineer level. 

Basic Qualifications for the Engineer level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 2 years of related engineering experience, or a Master's Degree and 0 years of experience.
  • Software development experience in C++, JAVA, or another software language.
  • Experience working in an Agile scrum team.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required to start, with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).

Basic Qualifications for the Principal Engineer level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of related engineering experience, or a Master's Degree and 3 years of experience, or 0 years of experience with a PhD.
  • Software development experience in C++, JAVA, or another software language.
  • Experience working in an Agile scrum team.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required to start, with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Model Simulation & Analysis (MS&A), Operations Analysis.
  • Familiarity with AGILE/SCRUIM
  • Experience in AFSIM Modeling and SIM
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present and brief technical date to all levels of leadership within the organization and U.S. Government.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (SAP)/SCI.


Salary Range: $85,000 USD - $127,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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.