Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Senior Principal Systems Engineer in El Segundo, California

Senior Principal Systems Engineer

Locations:El Segundo, CA

Categories: Engineering and Sciences


Job Description

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Job ID:KKS20170711-42196

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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Job Summary

This position entails the development and support of Mission software products for Northrop Grumman National Security Space division. This includes performing the systems engineering development of products, including conducting trade studies, establishing requirements, and defining interfaces to existing software modules. The position will require capability to develop software routines and code to support wider mission architecture products – primarily in MATLAB and Python. Some familiarity with C/C++ offers additional capability. Position will be customer focused, and presentation of complex software in an operational setting will be regular responsibility. Position requires knowledge of Spacecraft systems, Space/Ground architectures, and some familiarity with Orbital mechanics. Position will also require addressing program studies for existing programs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Creates system requirements and manages both requirement changes in the Requirements Management databases under self direction using established guidelines for a small project.

  • Creates and manages both original and revised specification/interface definition documents for a project and expedites documents through signature approval process.

  • Creates and manages the requirements verification methods and database provided to the customer, to ensure data products are current, as the system design/build matures, that it satisfies each system requirement.

  • Creates and modifies project level management tracking reports.

  • Participates and supports proposal-writing efforts for Systems Engineering for a portion of a project.

  • Provides data to and manages risk management (identifies potential risks and develops mitigation strategies)and trade study processes for a portion of a project.

  • Creates and manages changes to Functional/Logical/Physical Model of System Architecture descriptions under self direction using established guidelines.

Acts as CAM and performs EVMS tracking for a significant portion of a large project.

Education and Experience


Requires BS in Engineering & 10 years or Masters in Engineering & 7 years or PhD in Engineering & 5 years.

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 U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:+10 Years