Principal or Sr Principal Systems Engineer (San Diego)San Diego, CA

Requisition ID: R10163107

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: San Diego, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

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

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 2

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.

This requisition may be filled at either the Principal Systems Engineer (level 3) or the Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (level 4) based on requirements listed below.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems is looking for well qualified Systems Engineers to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Systems Engineering organization. This position is located in San Diego, CA.

The selected candidate will be responsible for coordination and collaboration with diverse engineering design teams to provide imaginative, technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems in establishing and managing the technical baseline in support of programmatic milestones. The candidate will be executing system integration tasking across the entire lifecycle of a system and integrating new capabilities on the RQ4 platform. This role will entail supporting cradle-to-grave integration and leadership across all SE disciplines including requirements development, use case development, capability (hardware and software) development, integration planning, lab integration, test planning, formal test, verification and fielded test and mission support.

The position requires system thinking and extensive knowledge of development life-cycle processes. Candidate must exhibit strong communication skills (written and oral) and support coordination cross-IPT toward the goal of an operationally validated integrated system.


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

Essential Functions:

  • Support cross-IPT development of system level requirements and use cases

  • Implement requirements verification methodology and traceability

  • Support development of interface definitions and integration plans

  • Conduct formal integration and support capabilities-based system level testing of fully integrated complex software and hardware subsystems

  • Evaluate integration and test anomalies and assist disposition and correction of issues as found

  • Perform requirements verification and selloff

  • Provide support to flight test and fielded assets

This requisition may be filled at either the Principal Systems Engineer (level 3) or the Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (level 4) based on requirements listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • For Principal Systems Engineer (level 3) consideration- Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 5 Years experience OR Master's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 3 Years experience

  • For Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (level 4) consideration – Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline with 9 years of engineering experience; MS degree in STEM discipline with 7 years of experience in engineering. PhD degree in a STEM discipline with 4 years of engineering experience

  • Experience in at least one aspect of aerospace Systems Engineering, including requirements decomposition, test planning, requirements verification, integration, and requirements management

  • Must have at least an Interim Secret clearance to start for consideration

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a final DoD Secret Security Clearance

  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain Program Access (PAR) within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business needs

  • Familiarity and understanding of system requirements (validation and verification) and interface control documents (ICDs), and statements of work (SOW)

  • Experience in troubleshooting system issues and identifying root cause corrective actions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with JIRA software tool (and/or similar) for issue tracking and resolution

  • Experience in software development, including interfacing with systems engineering and integration and test

  • Experience in Integrated Functional Capability (IFC) process

  • Experience with USAF programs

  • Experience with International or FMS customers

  • SIL Integration and Troubleshooting

  • Experience in integrating hardware and software in a lab environment as well as interface management

  • Experience with technical configuration management (CM or Technical Baseline)

  • Experience with root cause investigations, fielded issue investigation, and operational missions

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