Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr. Systems Engineer

Northridge, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: SAT20181709-47610

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.

Position Summary

The AARGM Program is implementing Lead Engineer positions for the Front End Assembly, Guidance Section, Control Section/All Up Round, and STE/Box 4/5 Test Equipment.  These positions will report to the AARGM Chief Engineer with responsibilities as follows:

  • Technical lead working closely with the assigned Section IPT Lead
  • Technical lead for non-conformances, engineering investigations, supplier technical issues, engineering changes, and government questions related to the assigned Section
    • Responsible to establish the company’s technical position integrating all necessary engineering disciplines
    • Assembles white papers and Powerpoint charts to status and inform the internal and external stakeholders
    • Provides leadership and guidance to all technical activities related to the assigned Section
  • Working with the IPT Lead, drive continuous improvement in both product and processes. Coordinate the evaluation of improvements proposed by team members
  • Function as the technical interface with AARGM-ER for the assigned Section


  • Demonstrated capacity and willingness to learn                          
    • High-energy approach to work assignments
    • Detail oriented
    • Self-motivated – willingly invests extra effort when needed
    • Proactively addresses problems
    • Regularly proposes improvements
    • Accepts ownership
    • Consistently produces quality products


    • Leadership trusts judgment on routine issues – errs on the side of involving leadership in making decisions
    • Requires limited direction on most assignments
    • Productivity meets expectations
    • Able to grasp concepts and details quickly
    • Meets commitments.  Requires few reminders for upcoming due dates.
    • Respected by peers
    • Practices concurrent engineering
    • Able to evaluate and present technical data 


    • Technical writing is clear and accurate
    • Capable of preparing and delivering logical presentations with some coaching
    • Presents clear problem statements, as well as recommended solutions
    • Able to represent parent organization at working-level meetings, internal and external
    • Shares appropriate information with peers and provides concise status to leadership
    • Verifies information before passing it on


  • Uses sound engineering principles in analyzing engineering problems and proposing solutions
  • Proposes good engineering decisions based on sound engineering judgment and/or supporting data
  • Able to break down problems into simpler, manageable pieces
  • Able to prepare a plan satisfying defined objectives and requirements


  • Knowledge of specific AARGM Sections is preferred but not required
  • Good working knowledge of the engineering change process


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: 25-50%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Defense