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NKW Test Lead – Sr. Principal Engineer Systems Test

Requisition ID: R10057943

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Aurora, CO, 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSP) is seeking a Sr. Principal Engineer Systems Test (NKW Test Lead) for their Aurora, CO location. The individuals applying for this position need to be highly motivated with extensive experience in the areas of system integration and test, software troubleshooting, creating and running test procedures, and development support. The primary responsibilities of this position will include but are not limited to:  

- Synthesizes customer contractual needs and requirements into system test solutions that acknowledges technical, schedule and cost constraints

- Develops and directs preparation and execution of comprehensive test plans, procedures and schedules

- Coordinates integrated testing activities; reviews and evaluates test requirements to insure compliance with policies and procedures

- Performs technical analysis of complete systems and prepares comprehensive system level evaluations

- Create and perform comprehensive test procedures that meet stringent customer requirements

- Generate/respond to comprehensive discrepancy reports; continuous follow-up coordination with developers to solve complex problems associated with real-time processing software

- Perform configuration item through system level testing of COTS and software baselines

- Perform software installation and checkout in support of development, integration and testing efforts

- Maintain continuous awareness of test string configuration; interact with system and software engineering to resolve issues

- Provide technical support and training to customer personnel

Basic Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum 9 years of relevant experience; 7 years with a Masters; 4 years with a PhD.  An additional 4 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Current/Active Top Secret clearance and SSBI
  • Working knowledge of GALE and ASA
  • Experience analyzing system level requirements
  • Experience working with system engineering and development to implement planning through design and system integration
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Current Security Plus certification
  • Ability to coordinate across program disciplines/teams and with users and suppliers
  • Ability to decompose/deconstruct large, complex problems in components and envision their interactions
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks with little direction and oversight
  • Work multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Good familiarity with ORACLE and UNIX/LINUX operating systems


Salary Range: $109,100 USD - $163,700 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.