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Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – Space Systems

Requisition ID: R10074320

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

The Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division of Northrop Grumman's Space Systems sector seeks team members who want to solve interesting, complex problems to protect our nation. We are a trusted mission payload and ground system provider with extensive experience, providing end-to-end mission solutions from concept through operations and support. You will supporting our team that is located at our Space Park campus in Redondo Beach, CA.

We offer phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly collaborative workplace. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do. Does this sound like you?

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself! Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive environment, as well as our excellent work/life balance. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a 9/80 schedule, and a great 401K matching program.

What you’ll get to do?

As a Systems Engineer on this team, you will support a team of engineers to define, develop, decompose, analyze, verify, and validate requirements for the ground segment of a satellite system. You will also support architecture design that stems from these system requirements, decomposed across multiple levels, aimed to represent the ground capabilities, that have a major impact on the mission.  In this role, you will be interacting with the customer, subcontractors, Software, Hardware, Operations, Integration and Test, higher level systems engineering and integration teams, as well as program and project leadership to define and maintain the technical baseline. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to drive the program through maturity and milestones to achieve the mission, ensuring everything is synchronized.

This role may be filled at the Principal or Senior Principal grade based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Systems Engineer:

  • 5 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 3 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 0 years of experience with a PhD
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance with the ability to obtain SCI access or active SCI access
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes
  • Experience reviewing software code baselines and other technical documentation (particularly python, java, c++ and other scripting languages)
  • Experience supporting requirement development/testing/verification
  • Must have an understanding of AGILE and some experience with Atlassian tool suite (i.e. JIRA, Confluence, etc.)
  • MBSE experience

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Systems Engineer:

  • 9 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 7 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 4 years of relevant experience with a PhD
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance with the ability to obtain SCI access or active SCI access
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes
  • Experience reviewing software code baselines and other technical documentation (particularly python, java, c++ as well as other object oriented and scripting languages)
  • Experience supporting requirement development/testing/verification
  • Experience working with Atlassian tool suite (i.e. JIRA, Confluence, etc.)
  • MBSE experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Agile development as a product owner
  • Effectively communicate and present to project and program management, other technical managers and customers
  • Direct experience using the DOORS Requirements Management Database
  • Familiarity with Model-Based Systems Engineering languages (SysML/UML) and concepts
  • Excellent technical writing and team building skills
  • Deep technical knowledge in a particular area where your skills can be leveraged by the

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.