Sr. Principal Operations Support Engineer (Alice Springs, AU)

Requisition ID: R10009019

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Falls Church - VA, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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: 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for launch systems capabilities serving national security, military, civil and commercial customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman SSSD is seeking a Senior Principal Operations Support Engineer to become a member of the Operations Support Department, working as part of an integrated and globally disperse team. The position requires a flexible work schedule driven by system and operational requirements and is located at a field site in Alice Springs, AU.

Role Description:

Senior Principal Operations Support Engineers (OSE) perform and oversee operational systems analysis, monitor daily and seasonal mission data trending and operational product improvements. They lead real-time anomaly resolution and recovery activities.  OSEs perform a diverse set of tasks in support of real-time operations and operations development:  A Senior Principal OSE's regular duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as Responsible System Engineer (RSE)/Performance Monitoring Engineer (PME), review and report on multiple systems performance and trending data
  • Oversee and lead reviews, updates and validation of standard operating procedures, and training material for multiple generations of systems
  • Develop, maintain, and utilize necessary trending and monitoring tools/scripts in perl, python, MATLAB, DCL, etc.
  • Successfully complete and maintain an initial Systems Controller certification and progress to an Advanced Resource Controller certification while supporting a minimum requirement of real-time operations shifts per quarter
  • Review and support factory design working groups and future systems development activities for impacts to system operability
  • Work with a multi-site Enterprise to establish and maintain program processes and standards
  • Utilize agile processes and tools that include Jira, Confluence, and Git, to coordinate departmental tasking
  • Provide and lead 24x7 on-call anomaly support and resolution activities
  • Assist training department in execution of initial controller and upgrade training to include classroom instruction and simulator training
  • Interface with government customers and factory specialists in technical exchanges and question answering forums

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) from an accredited institution and  nine (9) years of relevant technical experience in any engineering field such as computer science, mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, or optical engineering OR 7 Years with Masters; OR 4 Years with PhD.
  • Experience with trending and monitoring tools/scripts (perl, python, MATLAB, DCL, etc.)
  • Experience in the use of LINUX, Perl, MATLAB, AGILE SW development tools
  • Ability to lead and mentor junior engineers
  • Active Top Secret/SCI or DoD Top Secret with an SSBI and counterintelligence polygraph examination

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior operations and/or systems engineering experience
  • Experience working in a geographically diverse team and matrix organization

Salary Range: 114100 - 171100

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 ( 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 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.