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Sr. Principal System Test Proposal Engineer

Requisition ID: R10049827

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, FL, 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: 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 Aeronautics Systems Sector has an opening for a Sr. Principal System Test Proposal Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Systems Integration, Test and Evaluation department. This position is located in Melbourne, Florida.

This role synthesizes customer contractual needs and requirements into system test solutions that acknowledges technical, schedule and cost constraints. The successful candidate will develop and direct preparation and execution of comprehensive test plans, procedures and schedules for completing systems. They will also coordinate integrated testing activities. Finally, review and evaluate test requirements to insure completeness of test program as well as perform technical analysis of complete systems and prepares comprehensive system level evaluations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the proposal is technically sound and meets all budgetary and schedule requirements
  • Provide technical guidance and coordinate with a small team of engineers in proposal activities 
  • Support a team producing the engineering artifacts in support of capture efforts
  • Engage in estimating, cost reduction opportunities, trade studies associated with sourcing, and Integrated Master Plan (IMP) / Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) activities
  • Verify the proposal offering meets requirements and is capable of being executed within the specified contract limits
  • Attend internal program, customer and/or supplier technical exchange meetings and/or formal program milestone reviews to provide and/or obtain progress status updates

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels. The candidate must be a self-starter capable of flourishing in an environment with minimal direction.  The candidate will need to have excellent communication and writing skills with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.


We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) and 9 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in the aerospace test discipline OR Master’s degree in a STEM discipline and 7 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in the aerospace test discipline OR PhD degree in a STEM discipline and 4 years of related professional/military experience to include a background in the aerospace test discipline.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Special Access Programs (SAP) prior to the commencement of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong Technical Writing Skills
  • Experience working in multiple test disciplines (Specialty, Lab, Flight, or Instrumentation). 
  • Experience with proposals and program captures within the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Salary Range: $98,700 USD - $148,100 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.