Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Principal Systems Engineer

Plymouth, MN
Engineering and Sciences


Job Description

Job ID: GBK20181209-47511

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:

NGIS is seeking an experienced Principal Systems Engineer to be a technical lead on a cross-functional system engineering team at our Plymouth, MN location. This person will: lead the development of system and product requirements for safe, supportable, and secure weapon systems; be a key individual contributor to detailed design implementation and present findings and results to DoD review boards; implement changes to system and subsystem architecture models and run existing models and simulations to assess system performance; have a critical role in the training and development of more junior personnel.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create      system characteristics that define and align requirements for      safety, reliability, security, and sustainment.
  • Adapt to the needs of multiple      programs by effectively performing in lead or support roles when needed.
  • Skillfully develop and present      solutions to client programs and organizations.
  • Have the ability to work      effectively across organization and engineering discipline boundaries.
  • Have the ability to effectively      scope, bid, and plan work for themselves and others - CAM when needed
  • Develop accurate and effective      safety cases for consideration by domestic or foreign safety board review      and approval
  • Employ sound system engineering      principles to architect solutions for air worthiness, range safety, and      transition to deployment for critical weapon systems and capabilities.
  • Support the definition of      effective test approaches to prove reliable and predictable performance      through use of performance tests and HALT/HASS techniques
  • Have effective skills in hazard      analysis, failure modes effects analysis, and fault trees - or other      structured analytic techniques
  • Participate 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.
  • Leads aspects of system design,      analyses, interface verification, testing, and major failure/anomaly      resolution or mission operations.
  • Prepare and present materials      during System Requirement Review, System Functional Review, Preliminary      Design Review, Critical Design Review and System Verification Review.
  • Leads and prepares trade studies,      system sensitivity studies, design optimization studies, system      performance assessments, system design assessments, Operations Analysis      work such as mission analysis and timelines and conops development.
  • Enjoy sharing knowledge across teams and helping to develop others

Required Education and Experience:

Requires BS in Engineering

Must have a minimum of 7 years of Engineering experience in a matrixed organization, or Masters in Engineering and 5 years of experience, or a PhD and 2 years.

Preferred Experience:

Aerospace and/or Defense Industry experience strongly preferred.

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Defense