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Systems Engineer / Principal Systems Engineer (AHT)

Requisition ID: R10041453

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Manhattan Beach, California, 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: No
  • 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 Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Systems Engineer or Principal Systems Engineer to join our growing team of diverse professionals in Manhattan Beach, California.  The selected candidate will be motivated, energetic, and willing to learn.  The candidate will work on a small team supporting the Mission Planning and Decision Support Operating Unit (OU) where they will support Agile development of cloud-based solutions in the areas of User Story development, UI/UX development, external system interface design, system architecture and design, system development, integration, and test.

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Support development of system architecture and design
  • Support development of User Stories and Acceptance Criteria for the mission planning products
  • Support development of Interface Design between mission planning products and external systems
  • Support iterative development of UI/UX concepts and designs with customer feedback
  • Ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • Support functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications. 
  • May include travel to other locations

This position is open as a dual level to be filled as either a Systems Engineer or a Principal Systems Engineer per the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications for Systems Engineer:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a technical engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 2 years of related engineering experience
    • Master’s degree in a technical engineering or related discipline
  • Active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance investigated within the last 5 years
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance
  • Experience working in Agile software development environment
  • Experience with Azure Cloud infrastructure technology
    • Ability to work on-site in Manhattan Beach, California

Basic Qualifications for Principal Systems Engineer:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a technical engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 5 years of related engineering experience
    • Master’s degree in a technical engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of related engineering experience
  • Active DoD Secret security clearance investigated within the last 5 years
  • Ability to obtain and maintain SAP clearance
  • Experience working in Agile software development environment
  • Experience with Azure Cloud infrastructure technology
    • Experience with containerization, including Docker and Kubernetes
    • Ability to work on-site in Manhattan Beach, California

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD SAP Clearance
  • Experience with containerization, including Docker and Kubernetes
  • Exposure to Infrastructure as Code (Iac) development
  • Experience with UI/UX development
  • Experience with MBSE Tools
  • Experience in scripting/programming languages such as Python, PowerShell, Visual Basic, .Net, Java, C, and C#
  • Knowledge of military mission planning systems
  • Work well in a fast-paced small team environment


Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.