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Principal/Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10058288

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Sunnyvale, 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: 1st Shift (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.

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 Principal/Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer based out of Sunnyvale, CA. As a Principal/Sr. Principal 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:

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.  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.

  • Planning, establishing program requirement, managing the overall Cybersecurity effort and managing Cybersecurity baseline.
  • Responsible for CAM duties, proposals, assessment of current and future equipment as well as training for system modifications. Establish cybersecurity requirements and support product development, while developing cybersecurity artifacts for authoring and maintaining critical program documents such as Cybersecurity Strategies, System Security Plans, Continuous Monitoring Plans, Security Assessment Plans, etc.
  • Perform as primary Systems Administrator for computer systems including hardening, STIGging, installing, upgrading/patching, monitoring, creating and monitoring accounts, and configuration management
  • Provide backup, recovery services, and manage virus protection on a routine basis
  • 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, computer architectures, and computer security penetration tools and techniques.
  • Provide cyber security implementation guidance to technical design teams.
  • Partner and collaborate with other program systems engineers to accomplish program requirements and meet mission objectives.
  • Ensure systems compliance with all contractually obligated cybersecurity standards and guidance.
  • 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.
  • Propose and design systems architecture changes with traceability to requirements.

The ideal candidate has the ability to multi-task and balance multiple projects simultaneously.  You are committed and enjoy a collaborative approach. You demonstrate strategic big picture thinking along with sound decision making and good judgments.  You have effective oral and written communication skills and enjoy working in a team environment.

We are looking for you to join our team as a Principal/Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer based out of Sunnyvale, CA.

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

Basic Qualifications for Principal:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 5 years relevant experience; or Master’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • US Citizenship with current Active Secret Security Clearance
  • Possess a DOD 8570 certification such as SEC+, CASP+, CEH, or CISSP 

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 9 years relevant experience; or Master’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 7 years of relevant work experience; or a PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline with 4 years relevant experience.
  • US Citizenship with current Active Secret Security Clearance
  • Possess a DOD 8570 certification such as SEC+, CASP+, CEH, or CISSP 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Design and operational knowledge of navy programs
  • Ability to read and interpret government or military specifications
  • Experience with proposals
  • 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
  • Proven collaboration with program managers and customer representatives to meet program objectives
  • 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
  • Experience in Cybersecurity Accreditation processes and procedures
  • Experience in a Systems Engineering role with responsibilities in the planning, designing, implementation, testing, and delivery of a system with Cybersecurity requirements
  • Ability to calmly negotiate challenging program requirements, strategies, and conflicting constraints among a large and diverse group of program stakeholders
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), negotiation, coordination and interpersonal skills


Salary Range: $111,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.