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Staff Systems Engineer (Technical Project Lead)

Requisition ID: R10063970

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Plymouth, MN, 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, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

We are currently seeking a Staff Systems Engineer to join our team in Plymouth, MN. This role will serve as a technical project lead on the team and is considered an expert for weapon payload development programs of significant complexity and scope in the Fuzing and Warheads Operating Unit. 

Responsibilities for this position encompass oversight, planning and technical direction to engineering, design, procurement and manufacturing teams in support of the program manager; and as the primary technical interface with the customer technical team. This position requires an individual who can multi-task, delegate effectively, and possesses exceptional time management skills.  Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills are critical.  You will interface with program managers and customers, and direct the work of engineers of various disciplines to accomplish program objectives. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the execution of systems engineering and development of architecture and design to meet customer requirements.

  • Manage the engineering effort to comply with the Northrop Grumman quality management system processes.

  • Provide technical oversight of requirements, architecture and design trade studies to select the best possible design solutions, taking into account system performance and functionality, material selection, strength, weight, manufacturability and cost.

  • Coordinate the presentation of technical data at program reviews (including the System Requirement Review (SRR), System Functional Review (SFR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR) and in technical reports.

  • Partner with production engineers and facilities to transition ordnance design into production. 

  • Coordinate Design for Assembly (DFA) and Design for Manufacturing (DFM) workshops during the design and development phase of the program.

  • Direct the work of engineers of various disciplines to accomplish program objectives.

  • Manage cost and schedule for assigned projects/programs.

  • Participate in business development activities including development of technology roadmaps, customer interface meetings, proposal writing and cost estimating.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering is required; Mechanical, Systems or Aerospace degree is strongly preferred with 14 years of related engineering design experience, including 5 years in a related technical leadership capacity

  • Previous defense industry experience strongly preferred

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and procedures

  • Strong understanding of computer aided design (CAD)

  • Familiarity with model based system engineering processes and tools, such as Cameo System Modeler and DOORS

  • Understanding of finite element analysis for structural analysis and thermal analysis of designs

  • Six Sigma and design for assembly / design for manufacturing (DFA/DFM) experience

  • Experience with cost account management and reporting, preferably Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

  • U.S. Citizenship: must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance

Additional Qualifications:

  • Able to multi-task and delegate effectively; and possess exceptional time management skills

  • Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team leadership environment

  • Microsoft Office proficiency (Excel, Word, Power Point, Project)

  • Domestic travel: approximately 8-12 times per year to meet with customers and suppliers

What to Expect:

We offer highly competitive salaries, an array of benefits to give you the support you need, and the opportunity to connect with coworkers, remote and in-office, in an environment that is professional, creative and flexible. If you are a dynamic and motivated professional, Northrop Grumman is the company that will help further your experience and grow your career.  

What Makes This Location Great:

Excellent schools, affordable housing, low crime, and an active outdoor culture just to name a few. Plymouth boasts more than half a dozen lakes, extensive trails, parks and plenty of shopping, entertainment & sporting activities. With affordable cost of living, low unemployment, low crime, diverse recreation, and schools ranked among the best in the U.S. - there is a lot to love about this area!


Salary Range: $149,000 USD - $223,400 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.