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Senior Principal Test Engineer with Current Active Clearance

Requisition ID: R10043659

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Northridge, 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: Yes, 25% 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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.  From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality.  Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration.  Our combined efforts means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world.  With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future. 

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a Senior Principal Test Engineer with an active clearance to join the Advanced Programs group in Northridge, CA. The successful candidate will manage multiple integration laboratories for efforts within the Advanced Program operating unit.  The role requires the creation of lab spaces and managing of the labs to support rapid development, agile operational readiness, and system configuration control.   The integration environment will cover a broad spectrum electronic devices from the component level to the fully integrated system. As a member of the Test and Evaluation Engineering department, the successful candidate will support the stakeholder programs in the integration and testing of various systems supporting in collaboration with multiple engineering teams.

This position requires that the selected candidate work on-site in Northridge, CA; telework is not available for this position.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage and support the development of lab spaces in collaboration with engineers and security to develop and test missile components and subsystems.

  • Provide inputs into the architecting of integration facilities that involves identifying and specifying state of the art lab equipment, identifying infrastructure requirements, and managing the procurement of hardware

  • Integration and test of hardware and software on a wide range of systems in collaboration with a diverse group of engineers

  • Create test plans and perform tests to verify proper operation of equipment and test hardware

  • Skilled at troubleshooting, problem solving and developing innovative technical solutions to complex test issues

  • Work with internal and external customers to define and document instrumentation, data requirements, and test planning including data acquisition, processing, and analysis to satisfy test objectives

  • Maintain the lab spaces to ensure an organized, clean, and safe work area

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma and 13+ years of related experience. Will consider a BS in Engineering (or related) discipline, 9 years of experience with BS; 7 years with Masters; 4 years with PhD.

  • Current active Secret clearance or higher.

  • Experienced in the design, development, and implementation of  testing methods and equipment

  • Able to work independently with minimal direction and act as team lead for larger test effort

  • Effective communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Secret Clearance Periodic Reinvestigation within the last 5 years

  • Working knowledge of programmable logic devices

  • Experience using Matlab or other high level scripting language

  • Proficient in the use of Logic Analyzers, Software Based Debugging tools, In-Circuit Emulators, RF Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, and Signal Generators


Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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

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.