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Staff Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10062989

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Mesa, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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: 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 solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 85,000 employees are Defining Possible every day using science, technology, and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.   We are committed to advancing global security and human discovery in support of our customers’ missions around the world. We do so by providing leading technology and national security solutions and services to markets around the world.  Northrop Grumman’s Armament Systems Division based in Mesa, Arizona produces automatic medium caliber gun systems.  Northrop Grumman ATK gun systems built for the U.S. and international militaries have been used in all major conflicts since World War II in a variety of applications to include small and large ground vehicles, helicopters, airplanes and naval ships.

This Systems Engineering position is for an engineering leadership role on medium caliber gun system programs within the Armament Systems Division.  As part of the Systems Engineering group, the Staff Systems Engineer coordinates planning, organization, implementation, integration, and completion of assigned engineering projects.  This position is located in Mesa, Arizona. 


The Staff Systems Engineering position carries the following set of primary responsibilities:

  • Accountable to the Systems Engineering Manager and Program Managers for meeting technical performance measures, cost targets, and schedule requirements on assigned engineering projects.
  • Coordinates and participates in the synthesis, design and development of system level concepts. Develops CONOPS and defines system capabilities.
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total system solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.
  • Develops verification and validation tests of the requirements.
  • Ensures pertinent design factors such as contractual, environmental, cost, schedule, technical performance, system integration, producibility, interchangeability, and material requirements are considered during development and program execution.
  • Provides technical oversight and project leadership to the assigned integrated program team; sets work direction for other engineers, technicians and administrative personnel and assigns tasks based on project objectives.
  • Ensures the timely flow of information among and between engineering team members.
  • Leads failure investigations and associated corrective actions.
  • Coordinates with Aftermarket Services team to support fielded systems and to deliver outstanding customer service. 
  • Presents work products at program reviews, proposals, or other project meetings.
  • Prepares and plans cost estimates and written technical proposals.
  • Acts as a technical interface to external customers, and forms working relationships with representatives of external technical organizations.
  • Develops technical relationships with suppliers, in coordination with subcontracts management and quality functions, to facilitate technical flow-down and understanding of requirements, testing, and process control.
  • Supports and leads continuous improvement initiatives within the overall engineering department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 14+ years of Systems Engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university and 12+ years of Systems Engineering experience OR PhD Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university and 9+ years of Systems Engineering experience.
  • At Least 7 years of design, development, and sustainment experience in the defense or aerospace industries.
  • At least 5 years of design and development experience involving mechanical systems with electronic controls and software.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and techniques including work breakdown structures, integrated master scheduling and earned value management.
  • Experience with the software design cycle and requirements standards RTCA-DO178 and/or DO254.
  • Detailed electrical design experience with safety critical control systems and MIL-STD-882 is highly desired.
  • Experience writing statements of work and estimating project scope.
  • Knowledge of operations of upstream process inputs (Lead System Integrators, Business Development, Contracts, Pricing, Program Management, Project Engineering, and Systems Engineering).
  • Knowledge of operations of downstream process customers (both internal and external: Modeling & Simulation, Configuration Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Assembly, Test, System Verification & Validation, Integrated Logistics Support, and End User).
  • Skilled in working with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Knowledge of requirements writing, decomposition, FMEAs, verification and validation, and risk analysis.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to focus on multiple projects and deliver status on risk areas and required actions.
  • Experience in performing failure analysis and driving implementation of robust corrective action.
  • Ability to scope and generate product test plans, lead tests as Test Engineer and generate comprehensive test reports for internal and external customer distribution.
  • Demonstrated experience working with customers to ensure project success.
  • U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance
  • Position may require domestic and international travel, <15%
  • Must be able to obtain clearance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives as an Employee Possessor.
  • Candidates hired into this role will also need to complete a Gun Control Act Self Certification form.

Salary Range: $134,700 USD - $202,100 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.