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System Safety Engineer/Principal System Safety Engineer

Requisition ID: R10093611

  • CategoryCategory: Environmental, Health & Safety
  • LocationLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • 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: 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 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!

Northrop Grumman  Space  Systems sector is seeking a System Safety Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.  This position will be located in our Linthicum, MD location and can support a hybrid schedule where most of the work will be done on-site, but we can accommodate partial teleworking upon business/program need.

System Safety Engineering utilizes System engineering processes and tools to drive the overall system design to meet Safety requirements to minimize the risk inherent in payload operations while maximizing mission reliability and success. System Safety Engineering is involved in all phases of a program life cycle, from proposal generation to launch operations. System Safety Engineering interfaces with Program Offices, Customers and Ranges to ensure that our systems meet safety requirements while providing high reliability to the customer.  System Safety Engineers are expected to understand how the different components, subsystems, systems and integrated launch vehicle function and interact, with a focus on System Safety. The System Safety Engineering effort includes interacting as part of a multi-disciplined engineering team to develop system architecture and constituent elements for new and existing flight programs, as well as new business concepts and proposals.


  • Define, implement and verify System Safety requirements to ensure that the inherent risks are mitigated.
  • Apply the systems engineering process to define and verify launch vehicle and ground support equipment requirements to ensure safe operations and conduct system safety analyses to architect and implement a safe and robust system.
  • Develop safety documents as required to support customer and test/operational range requirements and assist with defining, tracking, and gathering safety requirements verification artifacts.
  • Present System Safety status at design reviews and working groups.
  • Aid in the preparation, review, and acceptance of launch range safety documentation in accordance with AFSPCMAN 91-710.
  • Identify, assess, and mitigate hazards present in spacecraft using the process described MIL-STD-882. Plan, develop, and aid in the execution of new hazardous manufacturing and test procedures.

​The following qualifications are mandatory:

  • Bachelor's + 2 years of exp; Master's + 0 years of exp or in lieu of degree must have 6 years of directly related sys safety range experience is required.
  • Principal - Bachelor's + 5 years of exp: Master's + 3 years of exp; PhD + 0 years of exp.
  • The ability to obtain a DoD TS/SCI clearance is required.
  • Experience with systems engineering and system safety processes.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills required to communicate with all levels from internal employees to customers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Established relationships with Range Safety Personnel.
  • Experience with pa.
  • Experience developing or understanding of the Missile System Prelaunch Safety Package (MSPSP) process.
  • Experience in launch vehicle system integration, testing and evaluation.
  • Experience in presenting in front of customers and DoD personnel.
  • Experience in development and maintenance of requirements control documents and related processes.
  • Experience using requirements management tools such as DOORS.
  • Experience with Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) and CAMEO.

Salary Range: $73,600 USD - $110,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $90,600 USD - $136,000 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.