Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10017419

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: McLean - VA, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.


Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has an opening for a Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (MS&A) Department.


How You Will Make a Difference at Northrop Grumman:


As the lead developer of RF sensors for some of the most advanced systems in the U.S. arsenal, Northrop Grumman is a world leader in advanced sensor systems and design. These include radars for air dominance platforms (such as the F-22, Joint Strike Fighter, F-16), bomber and strike programs (such as B-1B), airborne / maritime / ground-based surveillance missions (AWACS, MESA, G/ATOR and UAV systems such as Global Hawk), as well as restricted programs and missions.


Northrop Grumman has needs for Systems Engineers on a team of Model-Based Systems Engineering Experts. They will be responsible for development, implementing, and understanding modeling and simulation needs as a function of the systems engineering and mission engineering processes across the air, space, land, sea, and cyberspace domains. Systems Engineers on this team will use Object Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM) and Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach to understanding Concept Definition, CONOPS development, requirements definition and allocation, system and product definition, component (HW and SW) design and implementation, integration & test, verification, validation, and operations and sustainment. The organization and programs supported are leaders in digital transformation in the MS sector and Baltimore campus, also leveraging agile methods and Dev*Ops principles.


Qualified candidates will have opportunities to accelerate the delivery of sensor capability to our customers through the use of advanced MBSE and agile systems engineering methods. The role is multidisciplinary in nature and provides tremendous technical growth opportunities.


Roles & Responsibilities:


Your responsibilities may include any of the following:

-       System concept development

-       Elicitation and specification of functional requirements, and decomposition and traceability of those requirements

-       Performance analysis and specification

-       Architecture Trade Studies

-       Synthesize and extend architectures

-       Allocate functionality to components

-       Definition of interfaces, and Interface Control Documents (ICDs)

-       Detailed Design Analysis; May also involve test design

-       Use modern model-based systems engineering approaches that make extensive use of Systems Modeling Language (SysML) skills; integrate M&S analysis models with descriptive models

-       Determine task schedules and levels of effort needed to meet program goals

-       Mentor and direct junior staff efforts to meet program deadlines

-       Communicate technical capabilities and analyses with internal stakeholders and external customers


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 experience with a PhD.

-       Able to perform the general frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

-       Ability to solve problems and recommend solutions to technical problems as they are assigned.

-       General understanding of Requirements elicitation and generation.

-       General understanding of Architecture, Interface Definition, and Design.

-       Interact directly with systems engineers, software developers, testers, leaders, selected customers, and other professionals in a group.

-       Knowledge of MBSE and relative methodologies, e.g. OOSEM

-       Should also be able to collaborate on the creation, development, and presentation of technical briefings.

-       Good written and oral communications skills including attention to detail.

-       US Citizen with an active Secret clearance


Preferred Qualifications:

-       DoD Top Secret Clearance

-       Domain knowledge in RF sensors

-       Frequent use of Systems Modeling Language (SysML).

-       Capable of mentoring technical professionals and/or advising programs on the use of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

-       Experience with architecture/descriptive modeling tools, such as Cameo/Magic Draw or Rhapsody

-       Experience with DOORS and requirements/architecture linking

-       Experience with physics-based model or simulation development

-       Experience with Multidisciplinary Design Analysis Optimization (MDAO)

-       Experience working in an agile development environment

-       Experience with version control using e.g. Teamwork Cloud, SVN, GitHub

Salary Range: 96900 - 145300

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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