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Sr Principal Systems Security Engineer

Requisition ID: R10068461

  • 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, 25% 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.

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 Security Engineer based out of Rolling Meadows, IL. As a Sr Principal Systems Security Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation.

What You’ll get to Do:

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking an experienced systems engineer with cybersecurity (CS) and/or anti-tamper (AT) domain knowledge to join our System Security Engineering (SSE) team. The SSE team is tasked with supporting program protection efforts of real-time, embedded systems and sub-systems.

This position is located in the Central Region Engineering (CRE) at our Rolling Meadows - Illinois location. The selected candidates will be responsible for AT systems architect and security systems implementation. This role encompasses team leadership, management, and technical performance. Department assignments will be made at the conclusion of the interview process, based on the candidates’ fit and preference.

NGMS is a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile software-defined systems and solutions. Our products range from advanced sensing technologies to state-of-the-art targeting and tracking systems that are deployed in Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) and Radio Frequency Electronic Warfare (RFEW) systems. These systems are designed, developed, built, integrated, and tested by the capable folks at our company to protect the lives of U.S. and Allied warfighters in present and future conflicts. Our SEIT organization provides complex avionics systems in Targeting, EOIR, and RF technology areas. The Staff Engineer Systems opportunity is available in two disciplines within Rolling Meadows SEIT of Central Region:

Mission Systems Engineering: This department includes SEIT Leads, Architects, and Modeling & Simulation engineers. The Architect must have an understanding of how our systems architecture design process meets our mission level goals. Assignments may also include analysis and trade studies of product line architectures using analytical models and mission level simulations. The architects work closely with software, hardware, and firmware engineers to integrate a product design.


Position Summary / Responsibilities, Staff Engineer Systems:
Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

As a Staff Engineer Systems, you will be expected to demonstrate the following behaviors:

- Knowledge, Skills and Ability - Apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. - Problem Solving - Work on unusually complex technical problems and provide innovative solutions.

- Discretion/Latitude - Works under consultative and Sr. Staff Engineering direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives.  Assignments are often self-initiated. Determine and pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results. Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of superior.

- Impact - Develops advanced technological ideas and guides their development into a final product. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve critical organizational objectives and effect the image of the organization technological capability.
- Liaison - Serves as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs. Acts as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications.

Basic Qualifications:
• BS degree in electrical, system security, system engineering or related technical degree with at least 9 years of related experience required, or 7 years with Master’s, and 4 years with a PhD.
• Expertise in digital signal processing algorithms used to build state-of-the-art high sensitivity, wideband, real-time processing digital receivers.
• Experience performing optimum system function allocation to hardware and software requirements.
• Demonstrated success in developing test plans that prove the system satisfies requirements and the ability to quickly capture and process data in tools like MATLAB for debugging and specification verification.
• Experience working on Department of Defense contracts
• U.S. citizen
• Must be able to obtain Interim Secret security clearance prior to start. Once started, must have the ability to obtain and maintain Secret Security Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Consistent practice of disciplined systems engineering covering all aspects of the system (software, firmware, hardware, process, and testing)

Prior experience working with customers to define systems security and anti-tamper requirements for production and testable systems.

• Use of various cybersecurity and anti-tamper guidelines, policies, and instructions (e.g. DoDI 8500, DoDI 5200, NIST SP 800, etc.) to successfully drive cybersecurity and/or anti-tamper programs to completion:

System assessments for critical function analysis, critical program information, vulnerabilities, attack vectors, etc.

Generating and implementing program protection architectures and designs including requirements generation and traceability

Validation of the program protection solutions – defining tests, their success criteria, test environments, and the test procedures

Work with customers, anti-tamper / cybersecurity evaluations, engineering teams to achieve system certifications and accreditations

Cybersecurity certification is a plus (e.g. from CompTIA, (ISC)2)

Cybersecurity certification is a plus (e.g. CISSP, Security+)

Experience implementing digital signal processing algorithms in FPGAs and ASICs through the use of tools such as VHDL, ModelSim, Xilinix ISE.
• Prior experience designing hardware, firmware, and programming software to best allocate functions for each product
• Ability to monitor hardware and software design teams with critical insight to know when the teams are not on path to
successful implementation and then be able help steer the team to a successful solution
• Experience in architecting Electronic Warfare RF systems with real-time digital signal processing.
• Active Secret or Top Secret security clearance

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

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 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.