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Principal Cloud Systems Engineer (AHT)

Requisition ID: R10088597

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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 Defense Systems sector (NGDS) is seeking a Principal Cloud Systems Engineer to join our growing team of diverse professionals in Manhattan Beach, California.  The selected candidate will take a leading role in migrating legacy applications to the cloud and work with our engineering team to develop, implement, optimize, and maintain native cloud-based solutions in accordance with best practices.


  • Supports standup of Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment pipeline
  • Provides guidance and educates teams on the implementation of new cloud technologies and initiatives
  • Reviews existing systems and makes recommendations for improvements
  • Ensures performance capabilities and security of new systems and architectures are consistent with mission requirements
  • Communicates effectively with small technical teams
  • Prioritizes and adjusts tasks to accomplish project results
  • Comprehends and analyzes complex problems and develops solutions

Basic Qualifications:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a technical engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 5 years of relevant engineering experience
    • Master’s degree in a technical engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of relevant engineering experience
  • Must have an active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secret security clearance investigated within the past 5 years
  • Experience with cloud hosting and the migration of legacy systems to a cloud environment
  • Experience designing, deploying and administering cloud-based solutions
  • Experience with Azure Cloud infrastructure technology
  • Knowledge of containerization, including Docker and Kubernetes
  • Knowledge of software configuration management tools such as: Git and Jira
  • Experience working in Agile software development environment
  • Experience in Systems Engineering, e.g., CONOPS development, requirements analysis, decomposition and allocation, interface definition, and trade studies
  • Ability to work on-site in Manhattan Beach, California

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience/exposure to Infrastructure as Code (Iac) development and administration, developing or using tools such as Terraforn, YAML, Ansible, Cloudformation, or equivalent
  • Experience working within complex or high security environments
  • Experience with DevSecOps service/system delivery model
  • DoD 8570 IAT Level II certification or greater (e.g., Security+)
  • Cloud Service Provider certification(s) such as Azure (Solutions Architect, Developer, Administration, DevOps, Cloud Security) a plus
    • Experience with MBSE Tools
    • Experience in scripting/programming languages such as Python, PowerShell, Visual Basic, .Net, Java, C, and C#


Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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

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 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.