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Staff System Engineer

Requisition ID: R10047437

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA   |  Arlington Heights, IL, USA +1 more
  • 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, 25% 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 Mission Systems is a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced and secure software-defined systems and solutions. Our products range from advanced sensing technologies to state-of-the art targeting and tracking systems that are deployed in Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) and Radio Frequency Electronic Warfare (RFEW) systems. These systems are designed, developed, built, integrated, and tested by the capable folks at our company to protect the lives of U.S. and allied warfighters in present and future conflicts.

Our Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) organization provides complex avionics systems in Targeting systems, which provides aircraft with target acquisition, tracking & laser designation, video communication and precision strike capabilities.

The System Architect is an authority for the Targeting system architecture and design, and has the responsibility to create, evolve, and maintain the architecture of the system to meet operational needs while accommodating known constraints such as cost, schedule and risk, tailoring the systems requirements margins relative to the risk and compliance with the Key Performance Parameters (KPPs).  The System Architect also has responsibility for maintaining alignment between the appropriate solution and internal roadmaps or product lines, if applicable.

The Chief Engineer is responsible for the technical development and direction for all aspects of engineering on a program including design, development, implementation, testing and delivery of product to a customer.  The Chief Engineer acts as both a technical leader for the engineering team as well as an independent advisor to the program manager.  The Chief Engineer coordinates across Product Team Leads and all disciplines on the program to ensure that the teams adhere to engineering processes in accordance with company policies, procedures, and quality standards.

In addition, both of these roles will need to:

  • Understand how our Targeting systems architecture design process meets our Targeting System Operating Unit goals.
  • Introduce and develop new technologies for concepts and design for the Targeting System.
  • Perform analysis and trade studies of product line architectures using analytical models and mission level simulations.
  • Partner with Program Management to ensure program objectives, technical requirements and schedule are met.
  • Manage and lead a cross functional team of high performing engineers developing advanced systems designs and concepts.
  • Provide technical leadership and oversight, in an IPT structure, to achieve efficient, effective, and innovative Engineering solutions.
  • Apply new technologies as well as common designs and products enabling rapid development, prototyping and affordable solutions.
  • Lead the development and execution of technical reviews.
  • Interface with both customers and design and implementation engineers to ensure that robust and compliant designs are developed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in STEM field with 14+ years related experience, MS degree in STEM field with 12+ years of related experience, or PhD in STEM field with 9+ years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem solving skills and Systems thinking mindset
  • Prior experience negotiating with customers to convert customer needs into testable system requirements.
  • Experience performing optimum system function allocation to hardware and software requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly capture and process data in tools like MATLAB for debugging and specification verification.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to work in an integrated product team environment.
  • Excellent presentation skills – Ability to present to all levels of engineers, management and military personnel.
  • U.S. citizen and ability to obtain and maintain an active Secret (or higher) security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret Clearance
  • Experience with Model Based Engineering (MBE) concepts and tools (Cameo, Rhapsody or similar)
  • Experience with Design of Experiments (DOE) methodology
  • Experience working as part of an Agile team
  • Working knowledge of DOORS
  • Working knowledge of one of more of the following specialty areas for integration and test related to Targeting, EOIR/RF systems: sensors/antennas, transmitters/receivers, optics, detection and tracking
  • Experience working on Department of Defense contracts

This position reports to Rolling Meadows, IL, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Arlington Heights, IL, IL, USA.


Salary Range: $153,600 USD - $230,400 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.