Principal/Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer - CDSAurora, CO

Requisition ID: R10158941

  • Category: Information Technology

  • Location: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: SCI

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions 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, a division within Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems Sector is known for pushing the boundaries of innovation, redefining engineering capabilities, and driving advances in various sciences through cutting-edge technology. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, and 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 is seeking a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer or Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer experienced with Cross Domain Solutions (CDS) to join our team. This position would be based in Aurora, CO. This position requires being onsite and does not support remote or hybrid work.

The selected Cyber Systems Engineer will have experience with Cybersecurity implementations based on DoD, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Committee on National Security Systems Instruction (CNSSI), and Risk Management Framework (RMF) processes, policies and guidelines. Candidates should be comfortable working in an Agile Development Environment employing Agile methodologies (e.g., Scrum, Kanban, etc.).

Essential Functions:

• This position requires knowledge and experience using systems engineering methodologies and techniques.

• Must be able to prepare technical documents, support ongoing authorization inputs, develop procedures, and work in a fast-changing dynamic environment with minimal direction.

• Comfortable working in an Agile Development environment.

• Interface with other cyber functional areas, internal company management, and executives with a focus on effective program execution and mission assurance.

This requisition may be filled at either a level 03 or a level 04, depending on the candidate’s experience as laid out in the basic qualifications detailed below as well as the interview assessment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 03, Principal: Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years' experience, master's degree and 3 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Level 04, Sr Principal: Bachelor’s Degree with 9 years' experience, master's degree and 7 years of experience, or PhD with 4 years of experience. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Must possess an active TS/SCI clearance.

  • Must have experience with Linux and Windows Operating Systems.

  • Must have experience in Software Development, System Administration, or Network Engineering.

  • Understanding of and previous experience with Cross Domain Solutions (CDS) and the National Cross Domain Solutions and Management Office (NCDSMO) suite of Raise The Bar (RTB) requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience applying agile methodologies to the development of cybersecurity capabilities for embedded systems.

  • Experience with NSA Type-1 certification process, Cross Domain Solution implementation and certification, or Multi-Level Security systems implementation.

  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team and writing technical proposals.

  • Excellent communication, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.

  • Familiarity with U.S Government Anti-Tamper (AT) processes and implementations

  • Experience with DoD System Security Engineering activities.

  • Experience with Risk Management Framework (RMF), Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) and requirements development.

  • Possess a current ISC2 CISSP certification.

  • Current DoD 8570 IAM level III, security certification (examples: CISSP, CISM, etc.).

  • Minimum 10 years of experience performing information systems security duties.

  • Demonstrated experience in networking and complex architectures to include cross-domain solutions.

  • Demonstrated experience with NIST 800-53 policies, WAN auditing reviews IAW DAAPM/JSIG requirements, & writing entire RMF Bodies of Evidence to obtain and maintain ATO for classified systems.

  • Mastery of RED/BLACK boundary definition, TEMPEST considerations, Crypto units, Cross Domain Solutions, and Controlled Interfaces within space systems.

  • RMF SSP including SCTM, RAR, POAMs, and relevant artifacts (Incident Response Plan, Contingency Plan, ConMon Plan, as appropriate).

  • Key & Certificate Management Plan (KCMP)

  • Program Protection Implementation Plan (PPIP) and Cybersecurity Strategy.

  • Ensuring systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with security policies and procedures as outlined in the system security authorization package (SSP, RAR, SCTM, ConMon Plan).

  • Championing automation efforts across all DevSecOps disciplines to routinely accomplish SCAP SCANs, developing and running NIST 800-53a Verification Procedures, and automating manual STIG checklists.


Salary Range: $112,600 - $169,000

Salary Range 2: $139,700 - $209,500

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.