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Cyber Systems Security Engineer

Requisition ID: R10050559

  • 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: 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today. 

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems seeks a Cyber Systems Security Engineer to join our diverse team, working on the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) portfolio of programs in Redondo Beach, CA. The selected candidate will support hardening of the FAAD C2 system in a primarily unclassified environment but will also maintain the classified laboratory for the program. Duties require attention to detail, internal customer service skills and demonstration of initiative. The candidate must effectively communicate complex cyber solutions and security requirements in an easy-to-understand manner to multiple levels of technical contributors and program leadership. The ideal candidate will excel in creative thinking and problem solving and will look for opportunities to innovate and improve the presentation of work. 

The selected candidate will be responsible for interfacing with individuals as well as teams and should demonstrate very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to gain cooperation and work effectively with others. The candidate must be able to understand management direction to generate deliverables in a time-sensitive environment, and orchestrate people, resources and tasks dealing with advanced subject matter. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and dynamic individual who is self-motivated to complete tasks and can multi-task on a wide variety of project assignments to meet demanding deadlines. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Perform compliance audits and active evaluations such as vulnerability scans to identify where the system deviates from acceptable configurations, enclave or local policies 
  • Obtain certification and accreditation of the FAAD C2 software system 
  • Assist in the implementation of the required government policy (e.g. NISPOM, AR 25-2), participate in and document process activities 
  • Perform analyses to validate established security requirements 
  • Develop required DoD RMF documentation and artifacts in accordance with DoD Instruction 8510.01, RMF for DoD IT, and any applicable federal or military RMF Process Guide (RPG) 
  • Create RMF Body Of Evidence (BOE) documentation: System Security Plan (SSP), Control Family Security Operating Plans (SOPs), Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M), etc. 
  • Create the artifacts required to obtain and maintain the Authority to Operate (ATO) for information systems 
  • Support the continuous assessment of cybersecurity control compliance for the program 
  • Manage classified laboratory, material, and computers; coordinate with local ISSM 
  • Ability to travel occasionally (10% or less) 

The successful candidate should have a foundation in System Engineering with some development life cycle experience. The System Security Engineer interfaces with other engineering disciplines to develop the complete system security solution. 

This requisition is open as dual level. We are open to hiring at the level 3 or level 4. 

Basic Qualifications: 

Level 3: 

  • High school diploma or GED and 9 years applicable experience. We will also consider Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of applicable experience OR Master's degree with 3 years of experience 
  • General knowledge of DoD based Systems, including but not limited to: RMF, Cryptography and Systems Engineering design and implementation 
  • Possess a DOD 8570 certification: CompTIA Security+, CISSP, or similar  
  • Familiarity with requirements development and derivation or validation and verification 
  • Demonstrably good writing skills; ability to contribute to deliverable technical documents and reports 
  • Active Secret clearance is required - US Citizenship is a prerequisite 

Level 4:  

  • High school diploma or GED and 13 years applicable experience. We will also consider Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of applicable experience OR Master's degree with 7 years of experience 
  • General knowledge of DoD based Systems, including but not limited to: RMF, Cryptography and Systems Engineering design and implementation 
  • Possess a DOD 8570 certification: CompTIA Security+, CISSP, or similar  
  • Familiarity with requirements development and derivation or validation and verification 
  • Demonstrably good writing skills; ability to contribute to deliverable technical documents and reports 
  • Active Secret clearance is required - US Citizenship is a prerequisite 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degrees in Engineering, Software, or Computer Science 
  • Specific Information Assurance experience 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience contributing to and/or making technical presentations to the chief engineer 
  • Moderate proficiency in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring. 
  • Familiar with multiple operating systems to include Linux and Windows  
  • Experience with writing shell scripts and understanding of general shell scripting practices 


Salary Range: $105,000 USD - $140,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $130,000 USD - $170,000 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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Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
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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.