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Sr Principal Chief Engineer

Requisition ID: R10110575

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Clearfield, UT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% 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.

The Sr. Principal Chief Engineer is the definitive technical authority for all aspects of engineering on all program elements and leads a multi-discipline engineering team managing the technical performance of the program meeting cost and schedule requirements.  Responsibilities include leading multidisciplinary product development teams, serving as a technical expert and advisor, consulting with customers on solutions for challenging requirements, and providing cost estimates for proposals.  Knowledge of composite and metal aircraft and launch vehicle structures, sub-systems, and performance characteristics is required. Understanding of Requirements Development, components and assembly level design, analysis, and manufacturing approaches is essential.  

Essential Functions:

  • Performs technical planning, leads execution, and ensures compliance with requirements on new and existing programs.
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of requirements into solutions that comply with technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • Ensures the program is adhering to sound engineering processes in the development, production, test, and sustainment of products for our customers in compliance with company policies, procedures, and quality standards.
  • Leads resolution of technical problems, challenges, and manufacturing discrepancies.  Identifies cause and implements corrective actions.
  • Works with external customers and internal subject matter experts to provide technical solutions and cost estimates for challenging applications.
  • Leads functional analysis, timeline analysis, trade studies, requirements allocation, and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into design products, specifications, and manufacturing planning.
  • Assesses and tracks Risks and Opportunities.  Identifies and ensures execution of mitigation plans and pursues opportunities.
  • Leads teams towards minimum weight and cost solutions.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science and 9 years of engineering experience OR 7 years with Master of Science Degree
  • Experience with the development of advanced composite and metal structures to aerospace requirements
  • Must have an active DoD Secret (or higher) clearance (with a background investigation within the past 5 years or enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance after start of employment.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline
  • Expertise with one or more of the following fields: Design Engineering, Structural Analysis, Manufacturing Engineering, or Systems Engineering
  • Experience with the certification of aerospace structures
  • Experience with direct interface and collaboration with customer representatives

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation-- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!


Salary Range: $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.