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Principal Cyber Engineer

Requisition ID: R10070231

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Highest Level of Government Clearance
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 5

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.

Your Opportunity to Define Possible. Our Opportunity to Deliver the Nation’s Security. Together.

Salary: £75,000 - £108,000

Role clearance type: Post-holder must hold and maintain UK Government clearances where required.

Location:  Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

About Your Opportunity:

As a Principal Cyber Engineer within our Active Cyber account, you will lead at the forefront of technical innovation and acting as a role model for our junior engineers to aspire to.

In today’s ever uncertain world, Northrop Grumman are successfully helping our customer’s meet their challenges head on in helping keep the United Kingdom secure.

Using your broad experience you will lead delivery of successful technically complex software projects, by being hands on and guiding a multi-disciplined and skilled team. Furthermore, you will concurrently champion your specific areas of expertise in workforce development and wider third-party assurance of critically important operational projects delivered by your colleagues and peers.

Your Benefits:

  • Flexible working schedules - we offer flexible and hybrid working arrangements and full time and part time roles. Talk to us at the application stage about any scheduling preferences you may have.

  • Flexible Benefits Package – choose which NGUKL benefits you want to satisfy your personal needs. Core Benefits provided for you are Healthcare, Dental, Life Assurance and Pension. Benefits you can flex include Critical Illness Cover, Health Cash Plan, and Health Assessments.

  • Employee Incentive Programme – exceptional performance is recognized through our annual incentive programme which is awarded to top performers who excel

  • Career Development – opportunity for ongoing professional development and career growth opportunities

Your Responsibilities:

  • Technical Leadership across the Cyber Engineering Workforce.

  • Informing and influencing customer’s technical strategic decisions.

  • Providing technical guidance to business development bids realising our UK strategy.

  • Internal assurance, ensuring commonality of technologies and validating our QA/QC processes.

  • Successful hands on delivery of high-assurance complex software and/or AWS cloud projects.

Your Experience:

  • Proficiency across a variety of languages. Our main focus remains on C++, C and Python, however, demonstrable aptitude to adapt to new languages is welcomed.

  • In-depth experience of leading agile software development teams, embracing DevSecOps to enable high assurance deliverables maximising the utility of well-defined CI/CD pipelines.

  • Eagerness to tackle complex integration issues when faced with legacy or black box systems, using your problem solving ability and experience to deliver sustainable solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills and stakeholder management to retain open dialogue with customers and assist in informing/influencing project trajectory and milestones.

  • Demonstrable agility, where you are keen to continue developing yourself in areas outside of your comfort zone.


  • Knowledge of modern desktop or mobile operating system internals.

  • Experience in embedded systems and RF communications . If you have experience in these areas, we are eager to hear from you.

  • AWS cloud certifications, having delivered secure and assured networked solutions.

  •  Previous experience working with the UK Government and/or MOD.

Your Future Team:

“We deeply focus on our people whom without we would be unable to define possible. What sets us apart is our focus to deliver our customers mission ensuring the security of the UK. We achieve this through teamwork, collaboration and co-creation.”

Ian Archambeau, Head of Operational Technology @ Northrop Grumman UK

Our most valuable assets are our people, and you will have the opportunity to take part in innovation sessions, helping us identify areas where we can continue to pioneer in our customer’s mission space.

We are an experienced, supportive and truly Agile team. Our matrix driven organisation promotes collaboration and we will support your development, presenting you with opportunities to define your career trajectory and grow as an engineer.

Our environment is energised and supports the need for flexibility. We believe that creating a team that values diversity and fosters inclusion is essential to great performance and we are proud of our quality of work.

We know the best ideas come from diversity of thought, background, perspective, culture, gender, race, age and many other elements. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from communities currently under-represented within our industry. We treat everyone with respect and foster safe and inclusive environments.

About Our Responsibilities:

Our customers operate in unique environments which offer new and exciting challenges every day, cultivating a place where you can learn and thrive, working alongside the best minds in industry. We’ll give you space to develop your career, where your ideas can shape the future of our dynamic business. 

We promote collaboration to achieve more than we could imagine, together. And within a respectful and inspirational environment, we value what you say and do.

How to Apply:

Interested in our opportunity?

Yes – then simply submit your application online. Your application will be reviewed by one of our expert recruiters who’ll then respond advising you of the outcome and next steps for successful candidates.

Possibly, I’d like to find out moreemail to connect with one of our Sourcing Specialists who will be happy to support you with any enquires.

Background checks and potentially security clearance form part of the recruitment process, our team will inform you of the procedures when required.

Northrop Grumman UK:

Work with a global brand that makes a real contribution to our nation’s security and future. At Northrop Grumman UK, the brightest minds come together to push the boundaries and Define Possible. As leaders in the digital transformation of Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence we are providing ground-breaking outcomes for our customers.

UK Cyber & Intelligence Business:

Our UK Cyber & Intelligence business combines modern software development approaches with a rich heritage and experience in the defence and security sectors. Our customers have complex and sensitive data and information requirements requiring a mission partner who quickly understands the context, delivering and sustaining a portfolio of challenging technology projects at scale and pace, supporting them through an ambitious digital transformation programme.

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Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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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.