Sr. Principal Engineer Systems - Survivability Full Scale Model Integration and Testing

    • El Segundo, CA

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautic Systems (NGAS) is seeking a Survivability Systems Engineer IV for the Manned COE West A team. This position will be located in El Segundo, California. Survivability test and evaluation efforts include: the development, usage, and maintenance of the methodology and procedures to verify aircraft, component RF signature, or electrical material properties. This includes the integration of various designs, seam types, and suites of materials and testing of technology applications of new and existing aircraft. Providing detailed knowledge of Structural design, Subsystem design, Production constrains and capabilities as well as specific problems and experiences will be required in this role. Additional skillsets will include project management, supplier management and contracting, and logistics management.

A Survivability System Engineer IV knowledge, skills, and abilities showcases extensive technical expertise with a full knowledge of other related disciplines. The position requires system thinking and working knowledge of development life-cycle processes. The ability to communicate (written and oral) effectively is critical with the responsibility of clearly presenting technical approaches and findings. High level problem solving is required with the ability to develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. At this level work is performed without appreciable direction. A successful candidate exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment, with the end result of completed work being reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective, for desired results. The Survivability System Engineer IV guides the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives. The engineer represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Additionally the engineer interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations. The candidate will support collaborative coordination cross-IPTs to accomplish the goal of an operationally validated integrated system.

Duties will include:

  • Lead development of integration plans and verification methods interpreting requirements, event traces, interface descriptions, and schematics descriptions
  • Conduct formal integration and support capabilities based system level testing of fully integrated test models
  • Evaluate integration and test anomalies and lead investigations across functional teams as required in their adjudication
  • Attend technical interchange meetings with program and customer personnel
  • Provide technical leadership across program functions demonstrating ownership of system design and mentorship for junior team members
  • Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems.
  • Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's of Science with 9 years of related experience OR a Master's of Science with 7 years of experience; OR a PhD with 4 years of experience.
  • Experience in survivability design and analysis, verification and validation, system integration, or survivability materials development and qualification
  • Experience mentoring engineers in the design, development, verification or validation of RCS materials, components and/or systems
  • Active DoD TOP SECRET clearance, within 4 years of last investigation
  • The ability to maintain a DoD clearance and special access program clearances is required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experiences in Applied Electromagnetics or RF survivability design
  • Familiarity with Systems Engineering and Design processes
  • Experience testing space/US military products
  • Familiarity working with military specifications/standards
  • Ability to develop task specific test tools
  • Demonstrated communication and technical writing skills
  • Proven ability to brief on highly technical topics
  • Candidates with experience in signature integration, RF survivability design, analysis, and testing are highly desired
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous experience working in the SAP/SAR environment
  • Existing SAP/SAR program access
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