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Principal Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10078445

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is looking for you to join our team as a Principal Systems Engineer based out of Colorado Springs, CO. As a Principal Systems Engineer, you will be developing and sustaining systems using current technologies and others yet to come. We are seeking team members who have a thirst for knowledge, approach each day with optimism, and have a relentless drive to solve complex problems. Creativity and innovation are imperative for this role.

This position will serve on the Sustainment and Modernization of Radar Sensors (SMORS) program, focused on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) and specifically the F0022 Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL) at the Product Support Facility (PSF) located on Peterson Space Force Base (SFB).

What You’ll Get to Do

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, team-oriented environment and be a self-starter, efficient in achieving goals and proactive in pursuing subsequent tasks.
  • Perform System Architecture Design, Development, and Delivery
  • Evaluate system functional and performance characteristics and requirements to define product and services needs
  • Work in a team performing day-to-day delivery order tasks.Such as and not limited to hardware, software, cybersecurity, test and sustainability functions.
  • Participate in trade studies to support the selection of preferred design solutions, commercial hardware or software components, and preferred course of action alternatives
  • Participate in system design reviews and creating and/or updating specifications, designs and technical baseline documentation
  • Support system requirements reviews and creating and/or updating requirement specifications and technical baseline documentation
  • Generate, review, and update technical baseline artifacts and collaborate with subject matter experts to ensure specifications meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, consistent and complete
  • Review technical baseline documentation to ensure the design meets system needs and is accurate, comprehensive, consistent and complete
  • Identify, coordinate and generate risk and opportunity conditions.Participate in risk analysis and mitigation formation
  • Collaborate with system modelers who use MBSE tools and techniques to define system interfaces, requirements and behaviors
  • Support the development of system test and/or integration plans, procedures and scenarios used in the conduct of integration and testing activities

Salary Range for Principal Engineer Systems: $92,200.00-$138,400.00

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) with five (5) years of CFD, aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience; OR Master’s Degree in STEM with three (3) years of CFD, aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience, or zero (0) years’ experienced with a PhD.
  • Experience writing, updating, and/or verification of system level requirements
  • Experience writing, developing, and/or managing project technical risk
  • Experience working with others to solve technical system problems, such as represented in the V-Model for systems development lifecycle
  • Generate , review, and update systems engineering documentation and collaborate with radar subject matter experts to ensure specifications meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, consistent, and complete
  • Interim DoD Secret clearance
  • Familiarity with MS Office suite of tools (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
  • Be able to mentor and provide leadership.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Active DoD Secret clearance
  • Technical writing skills for generating analysis and reports
  • Familiarity with the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) or other ground-based radars such as the Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS)
  • Familiarity or experience with Agile software development methodologies, i.e. Scrum, Kanban, SAFe
  • Experience in using a requirements management tool, such as DOORS, Jira, and Confluence.

Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.