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Sr. Principal Network Engineer – (Space/Satellite)

Requisition ID: R10078509

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.

The Northrop Grumman Space Systems Group is seeking a Sr. Principal Network Engineer with an in-depth understanding of systems and network operations centers. This positions is located in Colorado Springs, CO. Successful candidates are schedule driven and data driven with the ability to simultaneously focus on short term objectives and long term imperatives. The have a “can-do” attitude, are solutions oriented, high energy, problem solvers, information and team integrators, decisive, and closure-drivers.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design and plans network communications systems. 

  • Provide specifications and detailed schematics for network architecture.

  • Provide specific detailed information for hardware and software selection, implementation techniques and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements.

  • Conduct testing of network design. 

  • Maintain System configuration control over SW/HW

  • Version/configurations (network/computing/applications, automated environment creation.

  • Maintain technical expertise in all areas of network and computer hardware and software interconnection and interfacing, such as routers, multiplexers, firewalls, hubs, bridges, gateways, etc.

  • Evaluate and reports on new communications technologies to enhance capabilities of the network.

  • Utilize sound engineering practices to develop, implement, and maintain end-to-end ground systems.

  • Manage the requirements, design, and implementation for networks and End-to-End systems to Support Mission Operations, existing ground systems and upgrades - technology refresh, and reliability / maintainability.

  • Contribute to system PDR/CDR/FAT/SAT activities.

  • Product Deliveries include: ICDs, Emulator/Simulator baseline control, test plans, network diagrams, integration/deployment work instructions, production and test system hardware (e.g. networks).

  • Must work collaboratively in a team environment across engineering disciplines to accomplish mission goals.

  • Coordinating end-to-end system testing during the I&T phase

  • Segment end-to-end architecture design, requirements, management and development.

  • Must excel in a fast-paced mission focused environment. 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, Math or related area) and 9+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 7+ years, additional experience may be considered in lieu of degree. 

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and have the ability to obtain Top Secret/SCI level clearance.

  • Must have experience designing, developing, building, testing and maintaining network and computing infrastructure.

  • Must have experience identifying systems anomalies and troubleshooting (network/custom applications/COTS software/server infrastructure).

  • Must have knowledge of virtualization sustainment/maintenance.

  • Must have hands-on experience with Networks to include technology such as: switches/routers/firewalls; Servers / workstations, Linux, MS.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certifications: CompTIA Security + or equivalent

  • Linux experience (user level)

  • Networking (Cisco)

  • Virtualization (vSphere ESXi)

  • DoD Satcom Security Experience: Cybersecurity and IA/IS OpSec – 5205.02, Risk Management Framework – 8510.01


Salary Range: $103,900 USD - $155,900 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.