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Space Principal Systems Engineer/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (eligible for $15k sign-on bonus!)

Requisition ID: R10064817

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, Illinois, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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: 4

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.

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 Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Our Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) organization provides complex subsystems and defense electronics. This position can be hired as either a Principal Systems Engineer or Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, depending on qualifications and years of experience.  Roles are available within System Design and Integration & Test.

These positions are located at our Rolling Meadows, IL location.

Tasking for System Design can include:

  • creating and refining Model Based System Engineering products (System behavioral models, Use Case realizations, State Machines, etc.)
  • generation and update of specifications in DOORS, including requirements traceability
  • capability assessments to predict requirement compliance
  • functional algorithm development
  • risk assessment and burn down of mitigation steps
  • generating and reporting system Technical Performance Measures
  • presenting analysis that shapes the system design and obtaining end-customer buy-in

As a part of the SEIT team, a Systems Design engineer is exposed to the front end Systems Engineering process and coordinates across many disciplines to ensure that the system description and requirements are properly and thoroughly defined, captured, and meet the mission need for the end customer.

Tasking for I&T can include:

  • generation of test plans, test procedures, test automation, test reports,
  • execution of integration test activities in System Integration Labs (SILs) or offsite locations.

As a part of the Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) team, an Integration & Test engineer gains an understanding of the Systems Engineering process across a product's lifecycle and gains a full appreciation for how the systems operate.

Basic Qualifications:

  • For Principal Systems Engineer, BS degree in aerospace, electrical, or systems engineering with 5+ years (or MS and 3+ years, or PhD and 0 years) related experience
  • For Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, BS degree in aerospace, electrical, or systems engineering with 9+ years (or MS and 7+ years, or PhD and 4+ years) related experience
  • Theoretical knowledge of the System Engineering V-Model and hands on experience executing the systems engineering work flow  
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking, problem solving skills, and creativity
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Team players with a strong work ethic and initiative to perform in a cross functional team
  • Ability to obtain Top Secret/SCI level accesses

Additional $10k sign-on bonus for selected candidates who possess an ACTIVE TS/SCI clearance, and an additional $5k sign-on bonuses to selected candidates who possess an active Polygraph.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret Clearance with SCI & polygraph is preferred
  • Working knowledge of RF sensors/antennas, transmitters/receivers
  • Experience with real-time signal processing in both firmware and software
  • Advanced knowledge of orbital mechanics, dynamics and controls, rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), orbit determination, and attitude planning
  • Knowledgeable in orbit planning in LEO, GEO and cislunar regimes
  • Knowledgeable in the use of COTS tools such as AGI’s Systems Tool Kit (STK) and Orbital Determination Tool Kit (ODTK)
  • Full life cycle experience developing, integrating, and deploying space systems
  • Knowledgeable in space systems design and mission planning
  • Experience in specification development and requirements derivation using DOORS
  • Experience deploying innovative modeling methods for Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) using tools like Cameo
  • Knowledge of MATLAB, SysML, Python, or other scripting languages
  • Recent experience creating integration and test, design verification test and flight test plans and procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel

Salary Range: $96,000 USD - $145,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.