Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Principal Designer

Beltsville, MD
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20181105-45644

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.


Printed Circuit Board Designer with 20+ years design experience in all aspects of printed circuit board layout and development.  Must have a solid working knowledge of all types of circuit designs and methodologies including thru-hole, SMT, single sided, double sided, and HDI micro-via, rigid/flexible multi-layer PCB’s. 

Design experience must include designs utilizing analog, digital, high-speed, mixed technology, RF, IF, and power supply board types for space, and/or military applications.  Must be familiar with current PCB design for manufacturing (DFM), design for assembly (DFA) and design for testing (DFT) processes/materials, IPC/military design specifications and drawing/documentation package requirements.  Candidate must be proficient with Mentor Graphics (PADs) and the Power PCB toolsets, especially using PADs Router HSD/Advanced Rules.  Candidate must be a team player able to work closely with engineering and support personnel during the design and build process.  Candidates with the skills to implement designs using Cadence and/or Altium PCB design tools and work experience at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is a plus but not required.

In addition to performing PCB layout functions, the candidate must have experience coordinating the everyday activities of a PCB layout.  These activities include estimate generation, attending design review meetings, and mentoring of other designers, and liaison to both manufacturing and engineering disciplines.  Candidates must be able to develop internal design and instructional processes/guidelines.

Candidate will work in Beltsville, Maryland supporting programs for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

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.

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: +10 Years
Education: High School/GED
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space