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Senior Principal Systems Engineer/Lead

Requisition ID: R10064171

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer/Lead based out of Rolling Meadows, IL. As a Systems Engineering Lead at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) program leads at our Rolling Meadows / Arlington Heights, IL location.  The selected candidates will report to the SEIT Department in the Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) Department.

What You’ll get to Do:

  • Oversee the daily engineering activities of the program engineering team ensuring adherence to the integrated master schedule. Particular emphasis on systems engineering and integration and test is required
  • Manage multi-disciplinary Integrated Program Teams
  • Function as the primary technical interface to customer technical teams
  • Plan new programs through creation of a work breakdown structure and associated budgets driving a solid systems engineering process from start to finish
  • Help establish the Control Account Management (CAM) structure for engineering. Includes CAM responsibilities for the SEIT lead
  • Manage earned value on a periodic basis as determined for that program
  • Support the program manager in planning and executing the program on a weekly basis
  • Familiarity with other disciplines (software, hardware, modeling and simulation) considered a plus
  • Experience with DOORS, Model Based System Engineering creations of system and sub-system level specifications, systems engineering management plans a plus

Basic Qualifications for a Systems Engineering Lead:

  • BS degree in Software or Hardware Engineering, or related technical degree with 9+ years of related experience or MS degree in Software or Hardware Engineering, or related technical degree with 7+ years related experience
  • Strong track record of managing and executing technical development programs on schedule and within budget
  • Strong understanding of other related disciplines in Engineering working in an integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Solid systems engineering approach with demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Good working knowledge of and experience in systems integration, test and qualification
  • Must be able to obtain Interim Secret Clearance prior to start. Once started, must be able to obtain and maintain Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of one of more of the following specialty areas for integration and test related to EOIR systems, optics, detection and tracking
  • Airborne threat detection and defeat or related experience with IR sensing systems
  • Experience in development and earned value management of cost accounts and schedules as related to Systems Engineering tasks
  • Experience with Model Based Engineering (MBE) concepts and tools (Rhapsody)
  • Working knowledge of DOORS and ClearCase/ClearQuest
  • Agile development experience a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel 25%
  • Active Top Secret Clearance is preferred


Salary Range: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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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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.