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Principal Systems Engineer or Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10061953

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Apopka, Florida, United States of America
  • 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, 10% 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Principal Systems Engineer or Sr Principal Systems Engineer.  The selected candidate for this position will report to the Northrop Grumman Precision Targeting and Protection facility in Apopka, FL. 

What you’ll get to do:

The new team member will support the design, integration, test, and production of laser/electro-optical, network and communication systems.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Implement and manage system requirements.
  • Revises and manages both original and revised specification/interface definition document and expedites documents through signature approval process.
  • Provides data to risk management (identifies potential risks) and trade study processes.
  • Supports system design, data analyses, interface verification, testing, failure/anomaly resolution and mission operations.
  • Supports the testing and/or evaluation/validation of one or more components of a system or subsystem analytical model or actual system implementation.
  • Attends and prepares materials for presentation during System Requirement Review, System Functional Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and System Verification Review.
  • Supports trade studies, system sensitivity studies, design optimization studies, system performance assessments, system design assessments, mission analysis and timelines and concept of operations development.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment supporting an Integrated Product Team.

This position may be filled as a Principal Systems Engineer Level or a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer based on the qualifications below.”

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Systems Engineer:

  • BS Degree in Engineering or related STEM degree and a minimum of 5 years related experience
  • US Citizenship is required with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance
  • Process and Procedure writing experience 
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes
  • Experience in problem-solving skills
  • Good organization skills – Ability to coordinate multiple projects. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present complex technical concepts to project, program, and company management, other technical managers, and customers.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer:

  • BS Degree in Engineering or related STEM degree and a minimum of 9 years related experience
  • US Citizenship is required with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance
  • Process and Procedure writing experience 
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes
  • Experience in problem-solving skills
  • Good organization skills – Ability to coordinate multiple projects. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present complex technical concepts to project, program, and company management, other technical managers, and customers.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and associated tools (eg, Cameo) 
  • Understanding of Statement of Work and other contractual documents 
  • Experience writing statements of work and estimating project scope.
  • Experience in performing failure analysis and driving implementation of robust corrective action.
  • Ability to scope and generate product test plans, lead tests as Test Engineer and generate comprehensive test reports for internal and external customer distribution.


Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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 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.