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Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10069418

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 Principal Cyber Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals supporting the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI). This position will be in Huntsville, AL.

Position Overview:

The Principal Cyber Engineer will directly support and contribute to technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems cradle to grave, lifecycle security requirements. Performs analyses 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, security requirements definition, security risk assessment, systems analysis, systems design, security test and evaluation, certification and accreditation, systems hardening, vulnerability testing and scanning, incident response, disaster recover, business continuity planning and provides analytical support for security policy development to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

Essential Functions:  

  • Integrates new requirements analysis of cyber security features and relates existing system to future needs and trends, provides engineering recommendations, and resolves integration and testing issues.
  • Supports Product leads in providing budget, schedule, and earned value management (EVM) metrics and supporting artifacts related to the Product development.
  • Authors technical contract deliverables.
  • Interfaces with internal integrated product teams and external entities including law enforcement, intelligence, teaming Industry partners and other government organizations or agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned to support Program Management needs.

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 5 years of related experience, or a Master's Degree and 3 years of related experience, or 0 years of related experience with a PhD., or 9 years of related experience in lieu of the degree.
  • Experience working in the Cybersecurity Industry supporting software and hardware development.
  • Certifications: Full DoD 8140 qualification.
  • Experience following an Agile and DevSecOps process model.
  • Experience with Document Management release process and CDRL authoring.
  • Experience supporting a new product engineering development effort in an earned value management contract.
  • Experience supporting development of Anti-Tamper requirements and countermeasures related to Critical Program Information analysis.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% to support business needs.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance is required to start.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Missile Defense Agency, Ground Midcourse Defense systems.
  • Familiarity with Agile software development practices, Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban), and Scaled Agile Framework.
  • Experience with Jira.
  • Experience with Cameo modeling.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with technical teams and government customer personnel.
  • Experience analyzing complex problems and developing solutions based on limited direction and definition.
  • Experience with eMASS (enterprise mission support system) is highly desired.
  • Experience with MS Project highly desired.
  • Experience with Teamcenter document release process is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of the NGI Program is highly desirable.

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.