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Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10110425

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Corinne, UT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 4

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 's Space Systems - Propulsions Division is currently looking for a Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer to work in our Promontory, UT location with periodic assignments at our Bacchus (Magna), UT location.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Systems Engineers are responsible to work with the Chief Engineers and Program Leadership to support key program objectives through the development and management of architecture, requirements, verification planning and change integration for our solid rocket motor and booster motor systems.  Systems Engineers actively participate in the development of new systems and system upgrades by managing architecture, requirements, verification, and integrated change control processes in a disciplined, broad reaching process, to ensure our propulsion systems projects perform to specification, satisfy customer needs, and maintain configuration integrity throughout the lifecycle of each product.  Systems Engineering at Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems are primarily model based and provide support to multiple defense and commercial contracts.

Within Propulsion Systems, systems engineering provides a gateway to many other leadership opportunities within Propulsion Systems.  Roles may include aspects of project engineering, proposal support, and liaison engineering roles which naturally build essential skills necessary for future leadership opportunities.

Job Duties:

The primary responsibility of the systems engineer in this position is to provide leadership in model-based digital capture of architecture and requirements while retrieving compliance data from various sources into the systems engineering model for a defense program.

  • Coordinate with customers to understand intent and needs of the integrated system

  • Evaluate and manage customer requirements and flow down in specifications and determine implementation approach

  • Analyze the needs of the system and translate into verifiable performance and design requirements

  • Determine and manage verification methodology and approach for each requirement as it applies to relevant subsystems

  • Evaluate results of verification processes (inspection, analysis, test, and demonstration) and provide compliance evidence against system requirements to stakeholders

  • Integrate customer directed changes into the system and facilitate implementation of changes within a change management system

  • Coordinate and communicate with all stakeholders, including customers, all things related to requirements, implementation of requirements and verification, and resolution of problems and issues

  • Develop model architecture for model-based integration of requirements, design, analysis, and verification

  • Capture digital thread information to show top to bottom traceability of requirements/compliance information.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Understanding of requirements and basic principles of verification strategies

  • Experience and familiarity with model-based systems engineering tools, specifically object oriented tools like NoMagic Cameo or similar

  • Experience with architecture diagrams (structural diagrams for physical, functional, and logical relationships), behavior diagrams (activity, use case, etc.), and other MBSE diagrams useful to understand product needs

  • Experience with interface management between system elements and teams

  • Experience with concept of operations (ConOps) and product related strategy maps

  • Experience with digital thread methodology

  • Experience with manufacturing and quality control databases and processes

  • Ability and skills to work multidisciplined engineering problems

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in Systems Engineering or in Integration Design or a related field in propulsion, preferably in a government contractor environment

  • Demonstrated experience in many aspects of aerospace design (or similar) development processes including design, analysis, testing and integration

  • Exposure to and familiarity with MBSE approaches and tools (Cameo, Doors, etc.) and some exposure to MBSE languages (SysML or UML) are required

  • Familiarity with Model Based Engineering and integration of descriptive and analytical models

  • Familiarity with the general requirement sets and system architectural approach necessary for development of a spaceflight system

  • General familiarity with structural, mechanical, thermal dynamics, fluid dynamics, electro-mechanical and propulsion technologies

Experience Preferred:

  • Assembling plans and detailed schedules to accomplish an engineering effort

  • Experience with product testing, preferably system level tests demonstrating interaction between subsystems or major elements

  • Participation in developing formal interfaces between parts of a system

  • Participation in proposal efforts

  • Experience and understanding of the relationships between engineering designs and resulting manufactured products

  • Experience directing or leading small teams

  • Experience collaborating efforts across multiple teams

  • Experience with digital thread methodology

  • Experience in at least two different design and/or analysis engineering roles related to propulsion product development and sustainment

  • Experience with manufacturing and quality control databases and processes

  • Experience with risk management

  • Formal education in Systems Engineering principles; a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering is highly preferred


  • BS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Physics or Engineering Management is required & 5 years of experience or 3 years with a MS

  • Consideration will be given to candidates with a BS or MS degree in other engineering disciplines with strong relevant experience

  • Position can be filled at a higher level, 9 years with a BS or 7 years with MS

Salary Range: $90,400 USD - $135,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $112,000 USD - $168,000 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.