Systems Modeling & Simulation Engineer (Principal or Senior Principal Level; Active Secret Clearance Required)Redondo Beach, CA

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Systems Modeling & Simulation Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Systems Engineering organization. This role is located in Redondo Beach, CA.

Our team's work influences the investment decisions of our senior leadership and customer program offices. The Modeling and Simulation discipline itself is a mesh of many other fields (e.g. Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, etc.) and frequently collaborates across functional disciplines, offering a unique opportunity to obtain a broad understanding of many areas or to more narrowly focus on developing a deep expertise in any one of the relevant fields.

In this role, you will be a member of a small, cross-functional team. The team performs the following tasks: model development, scenario creation, designing focused vignette threads and performing analysis. The analysis includes a wide variety of system types and span multiple domains (friendly and adversary; ground, maritime, air and space). This drives the development of clean-sheet requirements, refine existing program system requirements, and influence the pursuit of future technologies and capabilities. You will work with air vehicle and subsystem engineers, as well as with program and customer leadership, to recommend candidate designs, and to develop Concepts of Operation (CONOPs) and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) at the system, mission, and campaign levels.

You will also be responsible for developing new and/or integrate existing system simulation frameworks, performance models and algorithms, threat models and command and control models.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and translate friendly/adversary tactics into mission-level models such as AFSIM and Suppressor

  • Performs operational analysis and mission effectiveness analysis

  • Participate in Agile project framework

  • Models operational environments, performs trade studies via computer simulation, and recommends alternative architectures

  • Perform mission engineering activities to ensure continuity between desired operational capabilities and delivered system performance, through the Systems Engineering "V"

  • Ensure performance capabilities of new systems and architectures are traded against cost and mission requirements; develop mission relevant scenarios; assess operational effectiveness of existing and emerging systems and capabilities in representative operational environments

  • Solicit input from various stakeholders, synthesize data, and communicate results to various levels of leadership within the organization

  • Develops software to model behavior of systems in real-time and constructive simulations

  • Develop, integrate, and usesadvanced graphical user interfaces and visualization tools

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Educational assistance is available to employees who want to continue to learn and develop skills/knowledge. Our educational assistance program supports employee development by providing resources such as:

  • Free Education Advice: Call 855-222-2398 to speak with an experienced advisor to tailor an educational program to your career goals and needs.

  • Tuition Savings at Accredited Schools: Access a network of accredited schools in a variety of locations (and online) to take advantage of reduced tuition costs and waived fees.

  • Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

This position can be filled at either the Principal or Senior Principal level based on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

At a Principal Level:

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 5 years of related professional / military experience in Systems Engineering OR a Master's Degree and 3 years of related professional /military experience in Systems Engineering OR a PhD and related academic / professional /military experience in Systems Engineering

At a Senior Principal Level:

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline and 9 years of related professional / military experience in Systems Engineering OR a Master's Degree and 7 years of related professional /military experience in Systems Engineering OR a PhD and 4 years of related professional /military experience in Systems Engineering

At Either Level:

  • Experience or basic understanding of object oriented programming languages (C, C++) or scripting languages (Python, MATLAB)

  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).

And experience in at least one of the below:

  • Friendly/Adversary CONOPs and tactics

  • Modeling and Simulation of Radars, Missiles, Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS), air/ground/maritime/space platforms

  • Electronic Warfare (EW), Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Protection (EP), Electronic Countermeasures

  • Low Observables (LO)

  • Radio Frequency (RF)/Infrared (IR)/Electro-Optical (EO)/Acoustic Modeling & Analysis

  • Analysis of Survivability, Lethality, Vulnerability, Engagement at the mission level

  • Computer Networking & Communications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proposal development, writing or execution

  • Operational military background in any of the following:

  • Aircrew (Fighter/Bomber/RPA Pilot)

  • Electronic Warfare Officer/Weapons Systems Officer

  • Air Battle Manager/Naval Flight Officer

  • Intelligence or Communications Officer

  • Master's Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university

  • Experience with system of systems modeling tools: AFSIM, Suppressor, or Brawler

  • Familiarity with AGILE, MBSE, and/or system architecture frameworks

  • Effective project management skills and good communication techniques

  • Experience with version control tools (Bitbucket, GitHub, or Gitlab, etc.)

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present and brief technical data to all levels of leadership within the organization and U.S. Government

Salary Range: $107,300 - $160,900

Salary Range 2: $133,000 - $199,600

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 most positions.