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Principal / Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10061431

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Roy, Utah, 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: 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 seeking a Cybersecurity Systems Engineer to join our Launch and Missile Defense - Cyber team supporting our Cyber Engineering 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) architect’s system security requirements and the security layout/architecture to facilitate design, collaborating with engineers across disciplines throughout development.  Additionally, the Cyber SE determines required security tools and functionality necessary to support requirements. The Cyber SE team is responsible for the security governance, risk management, and compliance of a system while it is being engineered for our customers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work within the Cybersecurity Engineering Group to provide technical decisions and guidance to enable timely, high quality product deliveries and flight test events that meet mission requirements
  • Partner and collaborate with other program systems engineers across Integrated Product Teams to accomplish program requirements and meet mission objectives
  • As a member of a team of specialized NGMS cybersecurity engineers, support 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 practitioners 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
  • Propose and design systems architecture changes with traceability to requirements
  • Provide Cyber implementation guidance and oversight across technical teams
  • Develop and document technical standard engineering processes and procedures as needed
  • Participate in team reviews of technical requirements, design and implementation plans prior to deployment of computer systems, digital communications systems, networking devices, computer architectures, and computer security penetration tools and techniques
  • Participate in cybersecurity assessment activities and review cybersecurity assessment methods, plans, procedures, and reports
  • 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 position may be filled as a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer or a Senior Principal Cyber Systems Engineer.

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Basic Qualifications for a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 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 required certification, within 6 months or less of hire, DoD 8570 / AFMAN 17-1303 qualification at IASAE 2 level
  • Clearance: Active Department of Defense (DoD) Secret Security Clearance and ability to obtain Top Secret Security Clearance and SCI and SAP accesses


Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Cyber Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 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 required certification, within 6 months or less of hire, DoD 8570 / AFMAN 17-1303 qualification at IASAE 2 level
  • Clearance: Active Department of Defense (DoD) Secret Security Clearance and ability to obtain Top Secret Security Clearance and SCI and SAP accesses


Preferred Qualifications:

  • IASAE level 3 certified (ISSEP, ISSAP, or CCSP)
  • Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance with additional preference for SAP briefing on the Sentinel program
  • Software Assurance experience
  • Experience with Systems Security Engineering as defined in NIST SP 800-160
  • Expertise with Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) and related tools such as DOORS and Cameo
  • 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
  • Expertise with containerized software systems in accordance with DoD DevSecOps Reference Design
  • Experience innovating in Cybersecurity Accreditation processes and procedures in a multi-certification (Cyber, Nuclear Surety, etc.) context as part of a Digital Engineering Environment
  • Experience authoring and maintaining critical program documents such as Cybersecurity Strategies, System Security Plans, Continuous Monitoring Plans, Security Assessment Plans, etc.
  • Experience in a Systems Engineering role with responsibilities in the planning, designing, implementation, testing, and delivery of a system with Cyber/Information Assurance requirements
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), negotiation, coordination and interpersonal skills
  • 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.