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Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10042466

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Magna, Utah, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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: 4

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 is currently looking for a Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer to work in our Bacchus (Magna) location with periodic assignments at our Promontory, UT location.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Systems Engineer is responsible for development of requirements, verification planning and change integration for our major solid rocket motor systems.  The Systems Engineer will be responsible for actively participating in the development of new systems and system upgrades by managing architecture, requirements, verification, and integrated change control processes in a disciplined, broad reaching process, to ensure our propulsion systems projects perform to specification and satisfy every customer need.  The Systems Engineering at Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems is primarily model based supporting multiple defense contracts.

Within Propulsion Systems, systems engineering provides a gateway to many other leadership opportunities within Propulsion Systems and roles could include aspects of project engineering, and design engineering.

Job Duties:

The primary responsibility of the systems engineer in this position is to provide leadership in model-based digital flowdown of architecture and requirements while retrieving and capturing compliance data from various sources into the systems engineering model.

  • Evaluate all customer requirements and flow down in specifications and determine implementation approach
  • Analyze the needs of the system and translate into verifiable performance and design requirements
  • Determine and manage verification methodology and approach for each requirement as it applies to relevant subsystems
  • Use a requirements management database to manage requirements applicable to the system
  • Evaluate results of verification processes and validate results against system requirements
  • Integrate customer directed changes into the system and facilitate implementation of changes within a change management system
  • Coordinate and communicate with all stakeholders, including customers, all things related to requirements, implementation of requirements and verification, and resolution of problems and issues
  • Develop model architecture for model-based integration of requirements, design, analysis, and verification
  • Capture digital thread information to show top to bottom traceability of requirements/compliance information.

Skills & Qualifications: 

 A candidate qualified for this position should have the following demonstrated skills and experience:

  • Understanding of requirements and basic principles of verification approach
  • Experience and familiarity with model-based systems engineering tools
  • Experience with digital thread methodology
  • Experience with manufacturing and quality control databases and processes
  • Ability and skills to work multidisciplined engineering problems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Experience Requirements: 

 A qualified candidate for this position should have some experience relevant to this position, including:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in Systems Engineering or in Integration Design or a related field in propulsion, preferably in a government contractor environment
  • Demonstrated experience in many aspects of aerospace design development processes including design, analysis, testing and integration
  • Exposure to and familiarity with Model Based Systems Engineering tools (Cameo, Doors, etc…) and languages (SysML or UML) are required

Experience Preferred: 

  • Assembling plans and detailed schedules to accomplish an engineering effort
  • Product testing or validation testing, preferably system level tests demonstrating interaction between subsystems or major elements
  • Participation in developing formal interfaces between parts of a system
  • Familiarity of requirement sets and system architectural approach necessary for spaceflight systems
  • Experience with Model Based Engineering and integration of descriptive and analytical models
  • Experience with digital thread methodology
  • Experience with manufacturing and quality control databases and processes
  • Prefer familiarity with aerospace launch or flight systems
  • A graduate certificate in Systems Engineering is highly preferred


  • BS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Physics or Engineering Management is required & 5 years of experience or 3 years with a MS
  • Consideration will be given to candidates with a BS or MS degree in other engineering disciplines with strong relevant experience
  • Position can be filled at a higher level, 9 years with a BS or 7 years with MS

Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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

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 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.