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Systems Engineer/Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10054198

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Interim 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 (NGMS) is seeking Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) engineers at our Rolling Meadows, IL location.  The selected candidates will report to the SEIT Department in the Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) Department.

In Integration & Test, you will conduct integration testing and evaluate complex electronics systems from hardware/software design through aircraft installation.  Responsibilities for an Integration & Test Engineer may include generation of test plans, test procedures, test automation, test reports, and execution of integration test activities in System Integration Labs (SILs) or offsite locations. As a part of the Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) team, an Integration & Test engineer gains an understanding of the Systems Engineering process across a product's lifecycle and gains a full appreciation for how the systems operate. Your key responsibilities will be to ensure that the systems we make work – and work well.   You’ll be able to apply your knowledge and experience in IR systems, optics, detection and tracking.

This position can be filled at the Systems or Principal Systems level:

Basic Qualifications for Systems Engineer:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical degree with 2+ years of related experience or MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical field
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving skills and Systems Thinking mindset
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Must have ability to obtain Interim Secret clearance prior to start date. Once started, must have the ability to obtain full secret clearance.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Systems Engineer:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical degree with 5+ years of related experience or MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical field with 3+ years related experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving skills and Systems Thinking mindset
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Ability and willingness to work independently with little oversight or direction
  • Advanced troubleshooting of hardware, software and networking issues
  • Must have ability to obtain Interim Secret clearance prior to start date. Once started, must have the ability to obtain full secret clearance clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of one of more of the following specialty areas for integration and test related to IR systems, optics, detection and tracking
  • Experience in an integration and test environment for complex electronic systems evaluation
  • Experience performing system verification and validation
  • Recent experience creating integration and test, design verification test and flight test plans and procedures
  • Experience in development and earned value management of cost accounts and schedules as related to Systems Engineering tasks
  • Knowledge of MATLAB, C, C++, Java, Python, or other scripting languages
  • Working knowledge of DOORS and ClearCase/ClearQuest
  • Agile development experience a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel 25%
  • Active Secret clearance

Salary Range: $81,000 USD - $121,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $99,800 USD - $149,800 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.