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Northrop Grumman Principal Engineer/ Sr. Principal Engineer - Engineering Technical Operations in Redondo Beach, California

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for launch systems capabilities serving national security, military, civil and commercial customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

SSSD has an opening for a Principal Engineer/ Sr. Principal Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California and support the Engineering Technical Operations organization.

The selected candidate will be expected to:

  • Support integration of strategic activities and organization initiatives for executive level review and briefings

  • Support engineering reviews on programs to ensure successful engineering execution via metrics, identification and tracking of issues and risks

  • Support and lead hiring & staffing initiatives for both UR&R and experienced employees to ensure common processes & tool usage, and integrate & analyze data as needed to support performance tracking and reporting

  • Support and lead initiatives as needed, including but not limited to:

  • gathering, integrating, synthesizing, and reporting on data and other engineering metrics

  • managing employee development and engagement activities and resources including STEM outreach; site, facilities & infrastructure efforts

  • communications to Division/Sector Leadership and to the broader engineering population

  • Ensure utilization and maintenance of common tools and processes for functional homeroom

As a part of the engineering leadership team, the Technical Operations organization serves as a capability to run the "business of engineering" within the division, aligned to division goals and success. The ideal candidate for this role will be a member of the engineering team who seeks to understand, learn, and leverage greater business acumen through this role, and the capability to innovate, while challenging traditional ways of doing business with a commitment to ethics and integrity.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules: For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work

For more details, please view Northrop Grumman Benefits.


This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below

Basic Qualifications:

  • BQ for Principal Engineer: Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline with 5 years of experience in Engineering and/or Aerospace industry; OR Masters degree in a STEM discipline 3 years of experience in Engineering and/or Aerospace industry

  • BQ for Sr. Principal Engineer: Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline with 9 years of experience in Engineering and/or Aerospace industry; OR Masters degree in a STEM discipline 7 years of experience in Engineering and/or Aerospace industry

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret and SCI clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and knowledge of NG Space Sector / Strategic Space Systems Division

  • Active SCI clearance

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experience with leading or supporting engineering projects and teams

  • Proven ability to produce reliable metrics and drive performance

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 Category : Engineering