Human Explorations & Operations Principal Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10016833

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert - AZ, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No

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.

Successful candidates for this position will be a Principal Systems Engineer within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Dulles, VA.  This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs designed to further Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) beyond Low Earth Orbit.

The Principal Systems Engineer is responsible for supporting key Systems Engineering (SE) deliverables as part of an Integrated Team at various program levels i.e. Mission-, Element-, and Segment-level.  The integrated team will incorporate the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements.  The Principal Systems Engineer is expected to own key program deliverables as well as support and incorporate new company and industry driven technologies.  

The Principal Systems Engineer position is expected to complete tasks under only general direction, independently determine and develop approach to solutions.  Completed tasks are reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.  The Principal Systems Engineer is expected to interact frequently with inter-organizational and outside customer contacts and is expect to represent the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.


  • Provide support to all or selected segments for the SE Integrated Team

  • Support in development of space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts

  • Conceive and develop solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems

  • Technical management of major bus subcontracted program elements

  • Support contractual space segment technical reviews

  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in a STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) and 5 years of relevant work experience or 3 years of relevant work experience with a Master's degree or PhD with 0 years of experience

  • Proficiency in related engineering programs, Microsoft Office or equivalent document generation programs, Microsoft SharePoint or equivalent collaboration tool, MATLAB or equivalent computational tool

Preferred Qualifications:

Either self-experience or experience interfacing with team members in any of the following fields:

  • Command and Data Handling design and development

  • Electrical design at a card, component or system level

  • FPGA / Processor design and development

  • Software design and development

  • Power distribution system design and development

  • Both High and Low Voltage Bus Design

  • Mechanical design and development

  • Understanding of both launch loads as well as space docking loads

  • Thermal control system design and development

  • Thermal control techniques in both a vacuum and/or ambient condition

  • Automotive and motor or mechanism design and development

  • Radio communication design and development

  • Proficient in the use of the requirement development and management tool DOORS

  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents

  • Experience in avionics system testing and evaluation

  • Knowledge in any of the following areas: Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), or Human Factors

Salary Range: 87400 - 131200

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.