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Principal or Sr. Principal Engineer, Air Vehicle Configuration Design and Integration

Requisition ID: R10038140

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, 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: 2

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal or Sr. Principal Engineer, Air Vehicle Configuration Design and Integration to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in the design of air vehicles with practical experience in the development of new vehicle concepts, including  experience/knowledge relating to conceptual vehicle layout/design, air vehicle integration, parametric modeling for Multi-Disciplinary Optimization, and surface design / loft.  To be successful, the selected individual must also have exposure to the fields of aerodynamics, aircraft performance and sizing, propulsion, CFD, structural design, and mass properties analysis.  In addition, the selected individual will have an understanding of the air vehicle maturation process as a design transitions from concept through manufacturing and flight test. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Support the Configuration Design and Integration team through the development and design of multiple advanced air vehicles concepts.
  • Develop parametric CAD models in support of conceptual vehicle sizing studies for advanced Unmanned Air Vehicles
  • Support vehicle design trade study tasks in conjunction with multiple team members working to solve complex vehicle design challenges.
  • Participate in knowledge transfer and training for junior teammates

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

This requisition may be filled at either a Software Engineer level or Principal Software Engineer level.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Engineer: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of STEM related engineering experience, or a Master's Degree in a STEM discipline and 3 years of experience or STEM PhD with 0 years of experience.
  • 3 years of experience supporting the design and modeling of advanced air vehicle concepts
  • Demonstrated proficiency with an industry standard design tool such as Siemens NX, CATIA V5, or ProE CAD.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office with good technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical material to various stakeholders.
  • A current active in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher, with the ability to obtain Special Program Access (SAP).

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Engineer: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 9 years of STEM related engineering experience, or a Master's Degree in a STEM discipline and 7 years of experience or STEM PhD with 4 years of experience.
  • 7 years of experience supporting the design and modeling of advanced air vehicle concepts
  • Demonstrated proficiency with an industry standard design tool such as Siemens NX, CATIA V5, or ProE CAD.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office with good technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical material to various stakeholders.
  • A current active in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher, with the ability to obtain Special Program Access (SAP).

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering preferred.
  • Design experience relating to the development of Unmanned Air Vehicles concepts
  • Knowledge relating to design principles used on Low Observable vehicles
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.

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.