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Principal Systems Engineer- OKC (AHT)

Requisition ID: R10072956

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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.

NG's Defense Systems Sector is seeking a Principal Systems, Electrical, or Aerospace Engineer to join our growing team in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  As a leading global security company, we provide innovative systems, products and solutions to our customers worldwide.  We are comprised of diverse professionals that bring different perspectives and ideas, understanding that the more experiences we bring to our work the more innovative we can be.  As we continue to build our workforce, we look for people that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.

You will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Lifecycle Sustainment and Modernization Solutions (LSMS). LSMS provides sustainment support for the US Air Force B-2 Bomber, E-3 Sentry, Airborne Warning and Control System, and numerous other Government platforms. Our team members complete engineering, reverse engineering and logistics solution efforts to solve complex obsolescence problems and ensure warfighter supportability.

Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems 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.


  • Ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints

  • Perform or manage functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications

  • Participate in the negotiation of contract and contract changes; coordinating the preparation of proposals, business plans, performance work statements and specifications

  • Serve as customer contact for program activities, as well as supporting program review sessions with customers to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance

  • Establish design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for product development, integration and test

  • Establish milestones and monitors adherence to master plans and schedules

  • Identify program problems and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications

  • Act independently to uncover and resolve issues associated with the development and implementation of assigned projects

  • Participate in presenting company capabilities to potential customers and in the development of potential solutions to customer requirements

  • Plan R & D programs and recommends technological application programs to accomplish long-range objectives

Basic Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors in Science or Engineering with a minimum of 5 years of System Engineering experience OR a Master’s in Science or Engineering with a minimum of 3 years of System Engineering experience or a PhD in Science or Engineering with a minimum of 0 years of System Engineering experience

  • Experience in Systems Integration and Test

  • Must have or be able to obtain a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance

  • Must be able to work on-site in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience on 707 aircraft

  • Experience in successfully managing C4ISR and/or battle management programs

  • Experience in large embedded software systems

  • Advanced degree in a technical field

  • Experience with aircraft systems to include avionics, radar, communications, mission computing systems, global positioning systems, threat warning systems, navigation, structures, flight controls, offensive and/or defensive systems

  • Experience managing analysis of structural loads, flight dynamics, electrical loads, thermal loads, EMI/EMC and weight and balance

  • Experience with SIL, ground and flight test requirements, planning execution and reporting

  • Experience with obtaining flight and aircraft certifications

  • Experience developing the organization processes, procedures for various engineering analysis

  • OrCAD or similar design tool experience a plus

  • Experience with Air Force customers and aerospace industry and military standards 

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance (or higher)

  • Experience with test planning at the circuit card, equipment and system level

  • Experience with information security, COMSEC and TEMPEST 

  • Experience with DOORS and general requirements management best practice 

  • Experience with embedded software development and/or cybersecurity

  • Experience conducting analysis of electrical components within aircraft maintenance programs, determining effectiveness and creating written recommendations for increasing efficiency and effectiveness

  • Familiarity with engineering project leadership to include cost, schedule and deliverable quality responsibility

  • Familiarity with contracts to include Statement of Work and requirements establishment as well as proposal evaluations

  • Familiarity with business development covering white papers, cost estimations and formal proposals


Salary Range: $83,000 USD - $124,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $0 USD - $103,800 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.