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Staff Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10039590

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, Alabama, 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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 Space Systems – Launch and Missile Defense Systems has an exciting career opportunity for a Staff Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Huntsville, AL.

Position Overview:  

The selected Staff Systems Engineer responsibilities include the development and support of the In-Flight Interceptor Communication Systems (IFICS) Data Terminal (IDT) and Phased Array IDT suite of products within the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA). You will be responsible for developing and implementing software updates that best meet changing customer needs for new and existing features of the LSS system, collaborating with team members, and working in a cross functional agile scrum team.

Essential Functions:

  • 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
  • Work in a fast paced, Agile environment with the ability to work on cross-functional Scrum team focused on quality and capability delivery
  • Collaborate with stakeholders
  • Develop the test objectives, organization test policies, test strategies and test plans

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline preferred from an accredited university and 14 years of related experience, or a master’s degree in a STEM discipline and 12 years of related experience, or 9 years of experience with a PhD.
  • System analysis and/or integration experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem-solving skills and Systems Thinking mindset
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in a collaborative, Agile integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Experience in IBM Rational DOORS system software
  • Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) experience
  • Experience in Jira software, including use of Atlassian products
  • Recent experience in requirements allocation & derivation and verification traceability
  • Ability and willingness to travel 10% to support business needs.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain an active U.S. Government security clearance at the DoD secret level; and a minimum of an interim secret clearance will be required to start.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MDA Experience
  • Missile Defense Experience
  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree with emphasis on Communication Systems or equivalent knowledge
  • Experience with emerging technologies
  • High proficiency with tools required for communication system and network modeling and simulation
  • Development of communication waveform processing techniques and architectures in support of Northrop Grumman’s advanced software defined multifunction mission systems
  • Demonstrated skills in bridging the gap between theoretical and practical and in performing associated trade off analysis
  • Experience in Linux environment
  • Experience in requirements test automation & verification traceability
  • MBSE experience using Cameo
  • Automated testing experience
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance.


Salary Range: $141,800 USD - $212,800 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.