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Principal Systems Engineer/Sr Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10071234

  • 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: 5

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 Principal Systems Engineer/Sr Principal Systems Engineer based out of Rolling Meadows, IL. As a Principal Systems Engineer/Sr Principal Systems 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:

The selected candidates will report to the SEIT Department in the Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) Department.

Primary tasks for a Systems Design engineer are:

- Creating and refining Model Based System Engineering products (System

behavioral models, Use Case realizations, State Machines, etc.).

- Generation and update of System and sub-system level specifications in DOORS (including requirements traceability).

- Creation of Verification Cross Reference Matrices (VCRM).

- Verification traceability (tracing requirements to test plans/procedures/results).

- Update and maintenance of system drawings and documents.

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 and captured.  You’ll be able to apply your knowledge and experience in EOIR systems, optics, detection and tracking.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Systems Engineer:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical degree with 5+ years of related experience or MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical field with 3+ years related experience
  • Electronic Warfare experience
  • Ability and willingness to work independently with little oversight or direction
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving skills and Systems Thinking mindset
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Ability to obtain Interim Secret clearance prior to start. Once started, must have ability to obtain and maintain Secret clearance.

Basic Qualifications for Sr Principal Systems Engineer:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical degree with 9+ years of related experience or MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical field with 7+ years related experience
  • Electronic Warfare experience
  • Ability and willingness to work independently with little oversight or direction
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving skills and Systems Thinking mindset
  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment
  • Ability to obtain Interim Secret clearance prior to start. Once started, must have ability 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
  • Experience in development and earned value management of cost accounts and schedules as related to Systems Engineering tasks
  • Knowledge of MATLAB, C, C++, C#, CUDA, VHDL, OpenCL, SysML, Python, or other scripting languages
  • Experience with Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) concepts and tools such as Rhapsody and Cameo
  • 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: $96,900 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.