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Principal Systems Engineer – Technical Operations Lead/ Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – Technical Operations Lead – 3/4

Requisition ID: R10051371

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Principal Systems Engineer - Technical Operations Lead/ Sr. Principal Systems Engineer - Technical Operations Lead - 3/4 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

As a Technical Operations Lead, you will provide direct support to programs, act as an independent reviewer, support/lead trouble shooting and failure investigations, and work with the functional departments to develop processes for equipment and facilities requirements. You will have a great opportunity to see what NG works on, working with both internal and external personnel, while developing various skills critical to successfully executing programs at NG.

Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Act in a supporting role, attending meetings with the Fellows, filling in for the Fellows in meetings that they cannot support, preparing briefings, presenting to a variety of internal and external personnel, and more.

  • There will a combination of long term assignments, as well as short term dynamic tasks to help deal with critical challenges.

  • Use your problem solving skills and coordination skills with various subject matter experts, and communications across a broad scope of roles and personnel.

  • Participate in Non-Advocate Reviews (NARs), Program Startup Reviews (PSRs), Independent Reviews for programs and in-advance of design reviews and more.

  • Support and work on 10+ programs over the course of the year, and have the opportunity for travel to support supplier assessments, SSSD operations, and work performed by other divisions.

  • During this effort, the applicant will have the ability to shadow the various Fellows that represent Global Supply Chain, Electrical Design Integration & Test, Environmental Test, Manufacturing, and Parts Materials and Processes.

This position is viewed as a rotational role with the intent that the Chief Engineer and Fellow team will help find an appropriate role for the applicant after 1 year to transition to. As part of this role the applicant can leverage their exposure to the various programs to help select an area of interest and where they future advance their career.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either the Principal Systems Engineer - Technical Operations Lead - 3, or the Sr. Principal Systems Engineer - Technical Operations Lead - 4 level.

  • BQ for the Principal Systems Engineer - Technical Operations Lead: Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) from an accredited university with 5+ years of experience in the space and defense industry; OR Master's Degree in STEM with 3+ years of experience in the space and defense industry; OR a PhD in STEM.

  • BQ for the Sr. Principal Systems Engineer - Technical Operations Lead: Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) from an accredited university with 9+ years of experience in the space and defense industry; OR Master's Degree in STEM with 7+ years of experience in the space and defense industry; OR a PhD. in STEM with 4 + years of experience in space and defense industry.

  • Experience in a technical background with-in Engineering, Production, and/or Test.

  • Candidate must be able to acquire and maintain a Department of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years – AND/OR – Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 6 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Secret or Top Secret Clearance

  • Masters Degree in Systems Engineering, and/or Mechanical Engineering

  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written communication skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse groups.

  • Independent, responsible, self-motivated, driven, personable and well-organized. Does not require strong supervision.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Must be able to effectively handle stressful situations.

  • Ability to travel as needed.


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.