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Principal / Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10048040

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Roy, Utah, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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: 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.

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 Cybersecurity Systems Engineer based out of Roy, UT; Huntsville, AL; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; or Colorado Springs, CO. As a Cybersecurity Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter.  Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation.  The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

What You’ll get to Do:

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Cybersecurity Systems Engineer to join our Launch and Missile Defense - Cyber team supporting our Cyber Assessment Group located in Roy, UT; Huntsville, AL; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; or Colorado Springs, CO.

Position Overview:

In this role, the Cybersecurity Systems Engineer (SE) assesses and tests system cybersecurity requirements, system security architecture, and system security layout. Additionally, a Cyber SE performs cyber-attack path analysis of system architectures and is responsible for the security governance, risk management, and compliance of a system while it is being engineered for the customer.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead/Participate in cybersecurity assessment and test activities, as well as team reviews of cybersecurity assessment methods, plans, procedures, and reports
  • Participate in team reviews of technical requirements, design and implementation plans prior to deployment of systems, digital communications systems, network protocols, computer architectures, and computer security penetration tools and techniques
  • Provide cyber security implementation guidance to technical design teams/implementer
  • Work within the Cybersecurity Assessment Group to provide technical decision-making to ensure timely, high quality product deliveries supporting flight test events geared to meet mission requirements
  • Propose systems architecture changes with traceability to cyber security requirements
  • Partner and collaborate with other program systems engineers to accomplish program requirements and meet mission objectives
  • Participate as a member of a team of specialized NGMS cybersecurity engineers in the development and enhancement of Launch and Missile Defense systems
  • Participate as part of an extended team of US government, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Northrop Grumman Space, and supplier cybersecurity test leads/testers across multiple program locations
  • Ensure weapon system compliance with all contractually obligated cybersecurity standards and guidance, including but not limited to CNSSI 1253, DoD 8140, DoD 8510, and AFI 17-101
  • Develop and document technical standard engineering processes and procedures as needed
  • Provide input to program milestones and metrics, adhering to cybersecurity-relevant plans and schedules
  • Identify problems and research technical solutions to resolve these problems
  • Apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of Cyber Security implementation
  • Solve complex problems across disciplines in an Agile, DevSecOps environment

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Level or a Sr. Principal Level. 

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity, Software, or related STEM degree field and 5 years of related experience; 3 years of related experience with a Master’s degree; 0 years of related experience with a PhD; an additional 4 years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree
  • Certifications: Ability to obtain, within 6 months or less of hire, full DoD 8140 qualification in the IASAE 2 role
  • Clearance: Active Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret Security Clearance and ability to obtain SCI and SAP accesses

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity, Software, or related STEM degree field and 9 years of related experience; 7 years of related experience with a Master’s degree; 4 years of related experience with a PhD; an additional 4 years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree
  • Certifications: Ability to obtain, within 6 months or less of hire, full DoD 8140 qualification in the IASAE 2 role
  • Clearance: Active Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret Security Clearance and ability to obtain SCI and SAP accesses

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a DOD 8570 certification such as SEC+, CASP+, CEH, CISSP, or similar network/security certifications
  • Experience with Systems Security Engineering as defined in NIST SP 800-160
  • Experience performing or participating in cyber test and assessment activities as defined in the DoD Cyber Test & Evaluation Guidebook or prior Penetration Test experience
  • Experience using cybersecurity analysis tools, as well as a basic understanding of ethical hacking processes and techniques
  • Expertise with containerized software systems in accordance with DoD DevSecOps Reference Design
  • Experience authoring and maintaining critical program documents such as Cybersecurity Test Strategies and System Test Plans
  • Knowledge of Cyber Security Engineering practices, network technologies, DoD system development life cycles and methodologies, and insight into information technology infrastructure management/monitoring and applications
  • Experience in a Systems Engineering role with responsibilities in the planning, testing, and reporting of cyber assessment findings from systems under test with additional preference for experience in Model Based Systems Engineering and related tools
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), negotiation, coordination, and interpersonal skills; Ability to present complex technical information to large audiences
  • Proven collaboration with program managers and customer representatives to meet program objectives
  • Experience managing and directing efforts following an Agile and DevSecOps process model
  • Proven success analyzing, estimating, and implementing solutions to complex problems spanning multiple engineering disciplines
  • Ability to calmly negotiate challenging program requirements, strategies, and conflicting constraints among a large and diverse group of program stakeholders


Salary Range: $96,400 USD - $144,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $119,400 USD - $179,200 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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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.