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Senior Systems Engineer – Automated Flight Control Systems (AFCS)

Requisition ID: R10053314

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Woodland Hills, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

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 Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – Automated Flight Control Systems (AFCS) based out of Woodland Hills, CA. As a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – Automated Flight Control Systems (AFCS) 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.

This position description does not represent a current opening but may be used to identify candidates with skills and experience for positions within Northrop Grumman that frequently become available. Candidates who express an interest may be considered for future positions at Northrop Grumman.

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 specifications.

  • Develop architectures and requirements for Automated Flight Control Systems (AFCS) for Pilot-in-the-loop and pilotless helicopters, vehicles, robotic systems, etc.
  • Model AFCS architectures and tuning controls / options targeting military helicopter platforms.
  • Be the subject matter expert on autopiloting capabilities and controls.
  • Develop technical roadmap for implementation of AFCS capability in existing and future military helicopter platforms.
  • Collaborate with the United States Government (USG) and Crew Station Working Groups (CSWGs) to develop lower-level Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) and specifications.
  • Define requirements for hardware components to facilitate implementation of the AFCS.
  • Lead efforts to design, code, and integrate new AFCS requirements into existing control algorithm requirements, software, and verification baselines.
  • Lead efforts to architect and implement necessary simulation environment(s) to facilitate demonstration and proof testing of AFCS capabilities.

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Basic Qualifications:

  • 9+ years of experience with a Bachelors of Science in a STEM discipline; 7+ years of experience with Masters; 4+ Years with a PhD
  • Experience, knowledge and successful development and deployment of Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) to provide integration of the autopilot and flight director systems with either helicopter, fixed wing, land vehicle or robotic control systems
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience, knowledge and successful development and deployment of Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) to provide integration of the autopilot and flight director systems for helicopters
  • Be experienced and knowledgeable of Airworthiness and System Safety criteria including versed on MIL-STD-882, DO-178, DO-254.
  • Be experienced and knowledgeable of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodologies, SysML specification and related toolsets such as Cameo, PTC, SCADE, MatLab Simulink/XPC, Model center.


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $156,000 USD - $234,000 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.