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Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10052320

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We’re looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

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 a Sr Principal Cyber Network Systems Engineer to join our Mission Systems team in San Diego, CA.

Your Roles and Responsibilities will include:

  • Establishes strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and supports obtaining certification and accreditation of systems. Includes support of process, analysis, coordination, security certification test, security documentation, as well as investigations, software research, hardware introduction and release, emerging technology research inspections and periodic audits.
  • Responsible for developing and executing test procedures to verify security controls
  • Perform analyses to validate established security requirements and to recommend additional security requirements and safeguards.
  • System analysis activities to include requirements analysis, gap analysis, analysis of alternatives
  • COTS software installation, documentation, configuration and maintenance
  • Development of high-level and detailed system design artifacts in accordance with DoD architecture framework
  • Development of trade studies to introduce solutions, products, services and best practices to fit customer needs
  • Must be able to work in a dynamic and fast paced team environment
  • Performs as a consultant in highly specialized, leading edge information technologies and methodologies
  • Provides highly technical and specialized guidance concerning automated solutions to complex information processing problems
  • Performs elaborate analyses and studies
  • Occasional travel may be required

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with 9 years of experience; OR 12 years of relevant experience with a Masters (MS) degree; OR 9 years with a PhD
    • An additional 4 years of relevant experience/education can be considered in lieu of a Bachelors Degree
  • Must have Security+, CASP, or CISSP certification.
  • Demonstrated experience performing elaborate analyses and studies; preparing reports and giving presentations
  • Experience with Linux & Windows system administration
  • Clearance: Candidate must currently have and be able to maintain an active U.S. Government DOD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience leading medium to large complex projects and major phases of very large project
  • Design, test and implement Global telecommunications architecture using various transport networks. Experience with Crypto, Radio, COMSEC, INFOSEC experience
  • Experience with the Risk Management Framework (NIST SP 800-53) and/or Committee for National Security Systems Instruction (CNSSI 1253)
  • Knowledge of Modern DevSecOps technologies and Network technologies
  • Demonstrated responsibility for ensuring that the project delivers to government expectations on time and to budget; manage the project work as defined by the government
  • Demonstrated performance as a consultant in highly specialized, leading edge information technologies and methodologies.
  • Experience with Cisco, scripting, and VMware is a plus.
  • Advanced product certifications e.g., CCNA, CCNP, CCIE.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following technologies: AD/DNS, Patch Management, PKI, HBSS, ACAS, VMware products, Splunk
  • Architecture design, configuring, running, and scripting audit tools, providing analysis of vulnerability analyses, conducting verification testing for compliance assessment
  • Experience with SQL database
  • Hands-on experience with Risk Management Framework in a DSS and/or JSIG environment
  • Experience with Unified Commands (USEUCOM, USINDOPACOM, USCENTCOM, USSPACECOM, USCYBERCOM, USSTRATCOM), Defense Intelligence Agency, Missile Defense Agency, National Security Agency, and Defense Information Systems Agency


Salary Range: $138,300 USD - $207,500 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.