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Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer for Production Development **ACTIVE CLEARANCE PREFERRED**

Requisition ID: R10064011

  • 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, 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.

We are currently seeking a Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer for Production Development to work with our talented Advanced Weapons team in Northridge, CA.

Relocation assistance, while not guaranteed, may be available.


The selected candidate will be required to work full-time, on-site in Northridge, CA. No hybrid/telework schedule is available for this position.

The ideal candidate will be supporting one of our Programs for analyzing, developing, and managing the system and subsystems requirements for our missile weapon system. This position will require close collaboration with team members of other projects to leverage on existing technology as well as working with the program team to innovate system architecture to adapt to the industry and customer’s needs.

In this role, the selected candidate will (but not be limited to):

  • Requirements definition for system architecture development and systems integration

  • Engaging with IPT members for development and operational lifecycle requirements

  • Perform system analysis, design, development, integration, end user interaction, component testing, and system validation/verification qualifications

  • Technical Lead to direct, coordinate, and review Systems Engineering activities at the subsystem level

  • Generate and maintain system requirements and performance specifications

  • Identify and track risks to technical execution

  • Conduct System Requirements Review (SRR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and Critical Design Review (CDR)

  • Conduct analysis, perform trade studies, and develop technical recommendations

  • Coordinate engineering activities during system integration, test phases and production

  • Coordinate or develop and review customer and supplier Statements of Work (SOWs)

  • Develop Engineering Change Proposals

  • Develop Integrated Master Plans (IMPs)/Integrated Master Schedules (IMSs)

  • Develop and maintain configuration control for Interface Control Documents (ICDs), Interface Change Notices (ICNs), technical manuals, technical specifications, and system/subsystem documentation for the customer/end user

This position can be filled as a Principal Systems Engineer (T03) or Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (T04) level. 

Basic qualifications for each level are listed below.

Basic qualifications for a Principal Systems Engineer level (T03) are: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minimum of five (5) years of experience supporting a product from development into production lifecycles

  • Experience performing electronic diagnostics, testing, and troubleshooting.

  • Ability to interpret electrical schematic diagrams

  • Experience with military in aircraft weapons release systems or weapon systems

  • Familiar with standards: UAI Platform-Store ICD, MIL-STD-1553, MIL-STD-1760, MIL-STD-810, and environmental system screening testing.

  • Ability to obtain a U.S. security clearance within a reasonable time to perform job functions

  • Experience in requirements elicitation, systems integration and test

  • Must have proven experience in communicating with all levels of peers, management, and customers in a methodical, detailed and process-oriented fashion

  • Must have demonstrated experience in solving technical problems independently with minimal supervision

Basic qualifications for a Principal Systems Engineer level (T04) are: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minimum of five (9) years of experience supporting a product from development into production lifecycles

  • Experience performing electronic diagnostics, testing, and troubleshooting.

  • Ability to interpret electrical schematic diagrams

  • Experience with military in aircraft weapons release systems or weapon systems

  • Familiar with standards: UAI Platform-Store ICD, MIL-STD-1553, MIL-STD-1760, MIL-STD-810, and environmental system screening testing.

  • Ability to obtain a U.S. security clearance within a reasonable time to perform job functions

  • Experience in requirements elicitation, systems integration and test

  • Must have proven experience in communicating with all levels of peers, management, and customers in a methodical, detailed and process-oriented fashion

  • Must have demonstrated experience in solving technical problems independently with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Electrical or Systems Engineering

  • Current active Secret clearance

  • Experience with systems engineering tools such as IBM Rationale DOORS, Cameo, Rhapsody

  • Experience in CMMI Level 3 processes


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.