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Sr. Principal Military Trainer – Exercise Designer / Planner

Requisition ID: R10081731

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Fort Riley, KS, 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, 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 Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Sr. Principal Military Trainer - Exercise Designer / Planner to join our growing team of diverse professionals supporting our III Corps program at Fort Riley in Kansas.  The Exercise Designer / Planner provides subject matter expert support in all phases of exercise planning and the development and implementation of an effective, reliable, exercise program that will be systematically and periodically updated.


  • Plans exercises that meet all Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC) requirements and IAW CJCS Guide 3501, the Joint training System; a Primer for Senior Leaders

  • Quickly establishes credibility and interfacing with Senior Military Leaders in order to determine exercise objective and convey associated Exercise Support Manning Document (ESMD) requirements

  • Facilitates In-Progress-Reviews (IPRs) with unit leadership in order to determine and address information and capability gaps

  • Determines and communicates the Exercise Simulation Control Plan (SCP) to unit leadership

  • Leads/Facilitates IPRs for all simulation exercises with unit and key team members

  • Designs and plans exercise scenarios in a collaborative effort with training audience representatives, training officer and event planner

  • Develops and delivers scenario products such as historical reviews, Road-To-Crisis (RTC), Operational Environment (OE) overview, and other scenario products as each exercise evolves incrementally of the JELC

  • Provides instruction in Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) operations to members of the Exercise Control Group

  • Coordinates and adjusts suspense dates based on the needs to develop products

Basic Qualifications:

  • One of the following:

    • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10 years of professional and/or military leadership experience

    • Master’s degree with a minimum of 8 years of professional and/or military leadership experience

  • Experience at the battalion, brigade, and division level

  • Thorough understanding of MCIS and their inter-dependencies with other WfF systems

  • Must have an active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret Security Clearance with the ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance

  • Must be capable of conducting IPRs to schedule and tailor unit training and forecast requirements for upcoming progressive events

  • Experience in operations and training requirements at brigade or higher level

  • Experience with training management

  • Thorough understanding of U.S. Army Intelligence operations to include both G2 /S2 operations and ACE/BISE operations

  • Must have Military Education Level 4 (MEL-4) or equivalent Intermediate Level Education (ILE)

  • Must be able to work on-site at Fort Riley in Kansas

  • Must be able to travel as needed (up to 25% of the time)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree

  • Current TS/SCI clearance

  • CTC Observer Controller and/or a Small Group Instructor

  • Former service as a primary or deputy corps or division staff officer FA 57 with exercise experience

  • Collection management experience

  • Outstanding communication skills with the ability to correspond and communicate with senior military leaders

  • OIF and OEF experience, working knowledge of MSEL development and providing an uncooperative, challenging OPFOR during command post exercises

Salary Range: $77,400 USD - $116,000 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

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 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.