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Principal / Senior Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10013859

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville - AL, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

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.

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 Defense Systems is searching for Principal Cyber Systems Engineer (multiple positions) to join the Command and Control, Communication and Computer Missile Defense (C4MD) Business Unit Programs, in Huntsville, AL.

The selected candidates’ responsibilities include:  Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

The selected individuals will be part of a Cybersecurity Team working to ensure compliancy with DoD directives such as 8510.01 and NIST 800-53 (RMF) for projects/programs to include the tactical systems and development environments.  This position is not limited to, but intended to focus in the area of Tactical / Enterprise hardening of systems.  This position will be expected to generate and/or modify Cyber process / policy documentation.  Therefore good written and verbal communication skills are very important for this position.  A primary responsibility for this position includes working as part of a team to: Analyze, estimate, validate and report to all levels from peers to senior decision makers on the Cyber Risk level of the program.  The selected candidates will perform and/or evaluating vulnerability assessments on Windows and RedHat operating systems utilizing approved government provided Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs). The selected candidates must interface with: system architecture design teams to provide feedback on cyber requirements; operations and support organizations to coordinate and perform regular cyber assessments. The performance of these tasks will identify deficiencies as well as potential improvements to existing system’s cyber posture and its ability to obtain/maintain an Authority to Operate (ATO). This position has the potential for opportunities to participate in projects concerning one or more of the following areas: Software Assurance, Site Assessments, Program Protection Planning (PPP), and/or RMF cyber system trade studies for various system architectures.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal level: 9 Years of experience with high school diploma; 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD. U.S. Citizenship is required

Senior Principal: 13 years of experience with high school diploma; 9 Years with Bachelors in Science; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD. U.S. Citizenship is Required

  • Active Secret Security Clearance is required
  • Ability to travel is required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Technical knowledge/experience of one or more of the following: Java, C++, Python
  • Ability to review program generated code and comments, analyze technical vulnerability finding reports, and discuss both at a technical level with program software team
  • DoD 8570 baseline certification for an IAT Level II or higher within six (6) months of hire
  • Knowledge of the Systems Engineering Life Cycle
  • Experience performing security audits (reviewing systems and / or security log files for anomalies)
  • Security+ and/or Linux+ Certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Micro Focus Fortify Static Application Security experience is a plus
  • IT system administration experience / knowledge is also a plus
  • Experience leading a small team
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (both verbally and in writing) with team members, managers, and customers on complex and difficult engineering/software issues pertaining to assigned tasks


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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