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Principal/ Sr. Principal Systems Engineer- Directional Communications Architect

Requisition ID: R10064116

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% 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.

We are looking for you to join our team as a Systems Engineer- Directional Communications Architect based out of San Diego, CA. As an Architect 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 Will Get To Do:

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. Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide Tactical Data Links (TDL) subject matter expertise to the organization, supporting overall business and program development, customer engagement, and mission evaluations

  • Design of wireless communications links between multiple nodes, issues of range, throughput, and received signal quality are of critical importance to the system engineer.

  • Coordinate technical solutions and implementation across all of the various TDL based programs, ensuring technical viability, applicability, and consistency

  • Be a part of a team of TDL expertise that supports the overall business

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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This position may be filled at a higher grade based on the requirements below.

Basic Qualifications Principal Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent STEM field with a focus on digital communication systems with 5 years of related experience, or a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent with 3 years of related experience or a PHD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent with a focus on digital communication systems with 0 years of related experience.

Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Systems Engineer:

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent STEM field with a focus on digital communication systems with 9 years of related experience, or a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent with 7 years of related experience or a PHD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent with a focus on digital communication systems with 4 years of related experience.

Basic Qualifications Principal and Sr. Principal Systems Engineer:

  • Understanding of TDL communications (such as MADL, BE CDL, Link16, etc) and perform analysis on capabilities

  • Familiar with mesh architectures (example: Link Budget Analysis) and other related designs

  • Experience in requirements writing, analysis, allocation & derivation and verification traceability

  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

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

  • Strong leadership skills

  • US citizenship with current active DoD secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

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

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

  • Development of communication waveform processing techniques and architectures

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

  • Experience collaborating with DoD and other related US government agencies


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.