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Staff Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10089119

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, 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: 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.  Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in developing, integrating, and sustaining complex systems for the US Department of Defense.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems seeks a Sr Principal Systems Engineer to fill the fast-paced, growing, and dynamic role of Staff Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test Lead to support our Ground Satellite Communications Systems (GCSC) Operating Unit (OU) located in Colorado Springs, CO. This role is an individual contributor/technical lead supporting engineering activities on one or more assigned programs.

This position will be located in Colorado Springs, CO.

Responsibilities include:

  • Executing the overall systems engineering effort on the program, directing the execution of all systems engineering activities. 
  • Cost, schedule, and risk and opportunity including the following program core functions:
    • System and Lower-Level Requirements Documents,
    • System Integration & Test Plan,
    • System Verification & Validation Plan(s),
    • System Verification & Validation Report(s)
  • Support the Technical Performance Measures (TPMs), Performance Management and Measurement, and Analysis and Requirements Development and Management.
  • Ensure the execution of systems engineering sustainment and development processes
    • The production of core systems engineering work products and track the work products and associated program dependencies in the program schedule.
    • Ensure that all applicable specialty engineering disciplines are horizontally integrated across applicable phases of the systems engineering lifecycle
    • Engineering background in Systems/Software Engineering including deriving hardware and software requirements and designing, developing, and testing systems
  • Participate in proposal development including Develop Rough Orders of Magnitude (ROMs) and Basis of Estimate (BOEs), Integrated Master Schedules (IMSs), Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs), and contribute to CSOW development.
  • Work the management of program risks and opportunities, including assess cost/schedule impacts; develop handling plans to avoid or mitigate risks
  • The production of core systems engineering work products and track the work products and associated program dependencies in the program schedule.
  • Experience Control Account Manager (CAM);
    • Manage budgets and effort for multi-discipline engineering teams.
    • Experience in Earned Value Management implementations:
      • actively monitor and track task progress,
      • identify risks, develop VARs,
      • cost schedule integration,
      • budget/forecasting,
      • change requests

Basic Qualifications:

  • 14 years of experience with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics or related field; 12 years of experience with a Masters' degree; 9 years of experience with a PhD
  • 4 years of experience in any combination of Systems/Software Engineering, Integration and Test engineering disciplines.
  • Active DoD Secret security clearance investigated within the last 5 years.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplined SEIT teams in sustainment and development.
  • Experience with all phases of system development lifecycle.
  • Experience in proposal development.
  • Experience with management and development of program risks and opportunities.
  • Experienced Control Account Manager (CAM) for multiple control accounts.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience prioritizing program efforts in a high tempo environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for analytical problem decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, solution implementation, metric development, and metric evaluation
  • Proven strong leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills
  • Experience with OPIR sensors and systems a plus
  • Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) Program Engineering experience.
  • An ability to showcase the company’s capabilities to existing and potential customers to support business development activities
  • Experience working in an Agile framework
  • Experience with U.S. Government contracts
  • Ensure that all applicable specialty engineering disciplines are horizontally integrated across applicable phases of the systems engineering lifecycle.

Salary Range: $146,300 USD - $219,500 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.