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Principal Engineer Systems Tester

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

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.

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 work connects and protects millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

As a Principal Engineer Systems Tester, you will perform 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.

We are seeking applicants for a position on the Sustainment and Modernization of Radar Sensors (SMORS) program as an Associate Engineer Systems Test. This position will serve as a Test Engineer focused on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) / PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP). This position is located in Colorado Springs, CO.

What You'll Get to Do:

  • Lead site test activities with less experienced test personnel and site personnel
  • Establish milestones and monitor adherence to master plans and schedules, identify program risks and obtain solutions to include allocation of resources
  • Support the development of system test solutions in accordance with project technical, schedule and cost constraints
  • Prepare and execute comprehensive system/element level test plans, procedures and test events
  • Participate in system/element level test planning and test readiness reviews
  • Document test requirements and methodologies in the requirements management system
  • Train less experienced personnel on the system test processes and procedures
  • Review system engineering documentation to ensure test plans and methodologies meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, consistent and complete
  • Participate in trade studies to support the selection of preferred design solutions, commercial hardware or software components, and preferred course of action alternatives in project development/product delivery
  • Support the development of system integration plans, procedures and scenarios used in the conduct of software/hardware system integration testing
  • Participate in engineering peer reviews as a document originator or reviewer to ensure technical quality and engineering rigor is appropriate Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline with 5 years of systems or test engineering experience; or 3 years' experience with a Master's degree in STEM related discipline
    • Active Secret clearance
    • Experience in with Unix/Linux operating systems
    • Experience in using a discrepancy management tool, such as Jira, Bugzilla, etc.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
    • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time Preferred Qualifications:
      • Familiarity with Agile software development methodology
      • Familiarity with ground-based radars such as Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) and/or Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP)
      • Experience with test automation
      • Experience in writing scripts using scripting languages such as Korn Shell, Bourne Shell, Python, Perl, bash, tcl, etc.
      • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, team oriented environment
      • Self-starter - efficient in achieving goals and proactive in pursuing subsequent tasks
      • Familiarity with MS Office suite of tools (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
      • Security + Certification
      • Experience in using a requirements management tool, such as DOORS Salary Range: $95,100 USD - $142,700 USD

        Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

        The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

        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.

Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Colorado Springs , Principal Engineer Systems Tester, IT / Software / Systems , Colorado Springs, Colorado

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