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Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10063555

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

We are looking for you to join our team as a Systems Engineer based out of San Diego, CA. As a 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.

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.

  • Apply your Systems, RF, Comms, and/or Network Modeling experience to cutting edge pursuits

  • Participation in architecture definition and complex system problem solving in support of advanced software defined multifunction mission systems

  • Creation of innovative concepts of operation and employment of the advanced mission system solutions

  • Development of detailed design requirements suitable for efficient hardware/software/firmware implementation and network deployment

  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent decision making and communication (written and oral) skills

  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment

This position will require onsite work however for this role we are able to offer flexible work arrangements and some remote work will be possible.

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Position may be considered at a higher grade based on the requirements below.

Basic Qualifications Principal Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in STEM field with 5 years of experience; 3 years with a Master's Degree

Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in STEM field with 9 years of experience; 7 years with a Master's Degree

Basic Qualifications Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer:

  • System analysis and/or integration experience​​

  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment

  • Working knowledge of requirements management software

  • Recent experience in requirements allocation, derivation, and verification traceability

  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Clearance; US Citizenship is required in order to obtain and maintain security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree with emphasis on Communications or equivalent knowledge

  • Experience with emerging technologies

  • High proficiency with tools required for communication system and network modeling and simulation

  • Agile development experience, including use of Atlassian products

  • Background in digital communications theory and commercial and military wireless networking technologies

  • Development of communication waveform processing techniques and architectures in support of Northrop Grumman’s advanced software defined multifunction mission systems

  • Demonstrated depth and breadth in the physical through application layers and how the aggregation of these partitioned capabilities accomplish required missions

  • Demonstrated skills in bridging the gap between theoretical and practical and in performing associated trade off analysis

  • Model Based System Engineering experience, especially using Cameo

  • Ability and willingness to travel

  • Active/Current DoD Secret Clearance

  • Ability to obtain DoD Special Program Access (SAP)


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.