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Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10100531

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: Chantilly, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Polygraph
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We’re looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field, or an industry thought leader. At Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Are you interested in defining possible? Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Senior Principal Cyber Systems Engineer to join our team! 

This position will primarily be located at our customer site in Northern Virginia and will support the SIGINT Technology Center's (STC) Falkor Program team. The STC is where technology and teamwork come together to meet the unique needs of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. The STC is comprised of multiple mission-focused programs with projects ranging from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) SIGINT payload and data link development to OCONUS/CONUS mission/maintenance support. STC tasks include system design, engineering development, system integration, hands-on build and test, field operations and maintenance, training, and production.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support operations and maintenance of fielded SIGINT systems
  • Design, integration, test, and operation of hardware components and high-level systems
  • Interface and collaborate with customers, end users, operators, and Field Service Representatives, including but not limited to:

- travel to integration and validation sites for system verification & validation

- remote support for Field Service Representatives

- on-call pager support

-on-call Subject Matter Expertise support

  • Establish and collaborate with floor support team and SMEs to address daily floor needs
  • Communicate floor needs, schedule and shift summaries to floor support team
  • Evaluate viable vendor hardware and software solutions to meet customers' mission objectives
  • Develop and execute troubleshooting procedures for use in real time operations, OCONUS test sites, and System Integration Labs (SILs)
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary engineering team to upgrade and improve developmental and fielded systems to maximize uptime and capability
  • Ability to be the main NG presence at customer site on a daily basis, facilitating real time communications between the customer and the NG team at the STC

Basic Qualifications:

  • An active TS/SCI with an active Polygraph 
  • Qualified applicant must have 9 Years of experience with a bachelor's in science; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD or will accept 13 years of experience in lieu of a degree

  • Strong interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, demonstrated by frequent and successful application of technical standards, theories, concepts, and techniques
  • Knowledge of modern wireless communication systems
  • Knowledge of RF system components & functions
  • Familiarity with the SIGINT Technology Center (STC)
  • Experience in operations and maintenance of SIGINT/EW systems and workflows
  • Subject matter expert in specific classified operations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Virtual Machine (VM) implementation and usage
  • Knowledge of Direction Finding (DF) and geolocation algorithms


Salary Range: $142,800 USD - $214,200 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.