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Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10008489

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Cincinnati - OH, United States of America
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman – Xetron, part of the Mission Systems sector, focused on the development of new capabilities for our military and intelligence customers around the globe. At Xetron, we design systems that science fiction writers can only dream up; they’re just that cool!

Northrop Grumman Xetron is a small Operating Unit within the larger Northrop Grumman Corporation that is located in Cincinnati Ohio. Xetron is a rare example of an organization with a small business culture that is operating collaboratively with its larger business parent entity. You’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise while also learning from other highly gifted and experienced engineers. Remember when you were excited about getting to work because the challenge of the problem, the importance of the solution and the fun you had with your team?  Xetron is that kind of place!

We are seeking a cleared or clearable Systems Engineer as key contributors to the successful completion of projects. Professionals who want to solve the puzzles that make a difference to our nation’s security. 

Systems Engineers are focused on ensuring the complete, overall design and implementation of low Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) RF communication, electronic warfare, and sensor systems. Achieving results in our customers’ challenging environments while demonstrating Xetron’s significant technical capabilities in meeting customer needs. Our typical program teams are small (5 – 10 people) requiring our Systems Engineers to have a broad and diverse skillset that apply to the entire lifecycle of a program. Systems Engineering can include other responsibilities including System Architecture, Modeling & Simulation, and System Integration.

This position allows the candidate to have direct contact with our end customers and end operators of our products enabling pragmatic and early feedback from the user community during the design process. The campus has a wide range of products spanning multiple technologies such as SIGINT sensors, low SWAP communication transceivers, and EW solutions. Our products must survive various harsh environments including terrestrial, airborne, and space.  A demonstrated track record developing technical solutions with ingenuity and creativity is expected.

You should apply for this role if you are driven to see the whole picture and find challenge in working with a team through rapid systems engineering processes to achieve realization of technically challenging projects.  Our Systems Engineers perform at all levels from concept and design through test, installation, and operation.  Ensuring total system solutions that meet customer needs and expectations.  

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2 years’ engineering experience with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline OR 0 years’ engineering experience with Masters in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline
  • This position requires experience in one or more of the following:
    • System Architecture
    • Modeling and simulation
    • Integrated circuit and electronics design
    • Requirements derivation & flow down
    • System and/or subsystem design
    • System integration testing
    • Verification and validation
  •  US Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • RF domain experience covering VHF through microwave frequencies
  • Technical contribution in RF hardware (receivers and transmitters), DSP design, RF communication, signal collection, and/or EW programs.
  • Experience in designing complex system architectures
  • Understanding of the challenges in designing systems to survive in harsh environments including terrestrial, airborne, and space
  • Ability to create and analyze RF waveform models
  • Experience in SWAP design challenges
  • Active Top Secret Clearance
  • Master’s / PhD in relevant field

This position offers the option of a 9/80 work schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work nine-hour days Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.


Salary Range: 74240 - 111360

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.


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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.