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Principal Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10093752

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space work connects and protects millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems 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!

As a Systems Engineer, you will be developing and sustaining systems for the Sustainment and Modernization of Radar Sensors (SMORS) program. This position will serve as an Engineer focused on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) and/or Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization.

This position will be located in Colorado Springs, CO.

What You’ll Get to Do

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, team-oriented environment and be a self-starter, efficient in achieving goals and proactive in pursuing subsequent tasks.

  • Perform System Architecture Design, Development, and Delivery

  • Evaluate system functional and performance characteristics and requirements to define product and services needs

  • Provide technical guidance to a team performing day-to-day delivery order tasks.  Such as and not limited to hardware, software, cybersecurity, test and sustainability functions.

  • Lead, conduct trade studies to support the selection of preferred design solutions, commercial hardware or software components, and preferred course of action alternatives

  • Lead system design reviews and creating and/or updating specifications, designs, and technical baseline documentation

  • Support system requirements reviews and creating and/or updating requirement specifications and technical baseline documentation

  • Generate, review, and update technical baseline artifacts and collaborate with subject matter experts to ensure specifications meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, consistent, and complete

  • Review technical baseline documentation to ensure the design meets system needs and is accurate, comprehensive, consistent, and complete

  • Identify, coordinate, and generate risk and opportunity conditions.  Participate in risk analysis and mitigation formation

  • Collaborate with system modelers who use MBSE tools and techniques to define system interfaces, requirements, and behaviors

  • Provide training and mentoring on development processes and procedures

  • Support the development of system test and/or integration plans, procedures and scenarios used in the conduct of integration and testing activities

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) with 5 years of aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience; OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 3 years of CFD, aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience.

  • Interim DoD Secret clearance

  • Experience writing, updating, and/or verification of system level requirements

  • Experience writing, developing, and/or managing project technical risk

  • Experience working with others to solve technical system problems, such as represented in the V-Model for systems development lifecycle

  • Familiarity or experience with Agile software development methodologies, i.e. Scrum, Kanban, SAFe

  • Experience in using a requirements management tool, such as DOORS to update and write system level requirements

  • Familiarity with MS Office suite of tools (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Active DoD Secret clearance

  • Technical writing skills for generating analysis and reports

  • Familiarity with the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) or other ground-based radars such as the Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS)


Salary Range: $95,100 USD - $142,700 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.