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Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10049474

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Clearfield, Utah, 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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 several new teammates to join our Systems Engineering team. The positions are Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer for Production Development to work with our talented Aerospace Structures team in Clearfield, UT.

Our ideal candidates will be experienced Systems Engineers with an understanding of composite structure manufacturing and assembly. They are at ease collaborating with team members across the Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) and Program Management. They have strong communication skills, respectful ambition, and a desire to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.

In this role, the selected candidates will be expected (but not limited) to:

  • Support one or more of our Programs analyzing, developing, and managing the system and subsystems System Engineering work products: requirements, operational usage concepts, verification matrices and technical volumes
  • Engage with IPT and Mission Assurance teammates eliciting and maturing development and operational lifecycle requirements as well as the accompanying verification and validation criteria
  • Decompose requirements received from the customer(s)
  • Construct and maintain system architecture models
  • Identify and track risks to technical execution
  • Define/Document program Systems Engineering activities in Systems Engineering Management Plan
  • Coordinate and assemble Technical Volumes
  • Coordinate and perform trade studies then document technical recommendations
  • Construct and/or coordinate reviews of customer and supplier Statements of Work (SOWs)
  • Develop Engineering Change Proposals
  • Develop Integrated Master Plans (IMPs)/Integrated Master Schedules (IMSs)
  • Coordinate Program Technical Milestone Reviews
  • Develop and maintain configuration control for Interface Control Documents (ICDs), Interface Change Notices (ICNs), technical manuals, technical specifications, and system/subsystem documentation for the customer/end user
  • Technical Leadership directing, coordinating, and reviewing Systems Engineering activities at the subsystem level

This position can be filled as a Principal Systems Engineer (T03) or Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (T04) level. 

Basic qualifications for each level are listed below.

Basic qualifications for a Principal Systems Engineer level (T03) are: 

  • Bachelor of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and a minimum of five (5) years of experience supporting a product from development into production lifecycles
  • Experience eliciting, decomposing and documenting system requirements
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD secret security clearance and special program access within a reasonable time to perform job functions
  • Must have proven experience in communicating with all levels of peers, management, and customers in a methodical, detailed and process-oriented fashion
  • Must have demonstrated experience in solving technical problems independently with minimal supervision

Basic qualifications for a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer level (T04) are: 

  • Bachelor of Science in STEM degree and a minimum of nine (9) years of experience supporting a product from development into production lifecycles. Note: An additional 4 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree. 
  • Experience soliciting, decomposing and documenting system requirements
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD secret security clearance and special program access within a reasonable time to perform job functions
  • Experience in requirements elicitation, decomposition and documentation
  • Must have proven experience in communicating with all levels of peers, management, and customers in a methodical, detailed and process-oriented fashion
  • Must have demonstrated experience in solving technical problems independently with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree preferably STEM or Master of Business Administration
  • Current active DoD secret clearance
  • Experience with systems engineering tools such as IBM Rationale, DOORS, Cameo, and Rhapsody
  • Experience coordinating and documenting Verification Cross Reference Matrix
  • Experience coordinating and conducting program milestone reviews
  • Experience building and maintaining Models/Model Based Systems Engineering
  • Understanding of composite materials including their mechanical and electrical properties
  • Experience leading teams of highly talented and passionate engineers
  • Interest in advancing into a managerial position

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation-- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!


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.