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Principal/Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10042917

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • 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!

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.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Apply the core principles of systems engineering in order to deliver innovative, affordable, highly reliable systems solutions that meet customer needs, key performance parameters, and program execution goals.
  • Support, as a contributing leader, a multi-disciplined engineering team from system design through integration and test of highly complex technical systems.
  • Generate and update system and sub-system level specifications, including requirements traceability, creation of verification traceability (tracing requirements to test plans/procedures/results), and update and maintenance of system drawings and documents
  • Provide briefings and demonstrations to management and external customers
  • Performs functional analysis, detailed trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.
  • Occasional travel is require
  • Design, plan, implement, and perform assessment of security controls, polices, and processes compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53,  and DoD Risk Management Framework for multiple environments in a managed RMF asset
  • Document the results of Certification and Accreditation activities, technical or coordination activity, prepare the system Security Plans, draft and maintain applicable POA&Ms.
  • Periodically conduct a complete review of each system's audits and monitor corrective actions until all actions are closed- Implementation, automation, configuration and maintenance of security tools, centralized authentication solutions, IDS/IPS, and compliance baselines
  • Recommend and implement system enhancements that will improve the performance, reliability, and security of the system including installing, upgrading, monitoring, problem resolution, and configuration

This position can be filled at either a Principal or Sr. Principal level

Basic Qualifications Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

  • Current Active Top Secret Security Clearance
  • 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD for Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Basic Qualifications Senior Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

  • Current Active Top Secret Security Clearance
  • 9 years of applied experience with a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field; 7 years with Masters for Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer​

You must have the following to be considered for this role:

  • Current Active Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Must be able to obtain Special Program Access prior to start per business requirements
  • Must be able to obtain a DoD 8570 IAM Level I Certification (ex. Security+CE) within 6 months of assignment
  • Experience in preparing and/or reviewing technical and programmatic documentation
  • Experience translating technical concepts and program information to others
  • Solid understanding of planning, design, and implementation necessary to support a large enterprise system
  • Working knowledge of NIST 800-53 RMF required documentation, like SSP, SAR, RAR, ATO
  • Experience with vulnerability and compliance scanners like NESSUS and SCAP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Master's degree with a technical emphasis (e.g. Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, EE)
  • DoD 8570 IAM I/II/III Certification (CAP, GLSC, CISSP, CASP CE)
  • Experience with modern network and computer architectures
  • Experience with Linux, Windows, and CISCO security hardening practices

Salary Range: $111,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $138,300 USD - $207,500 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.