Systems Modeling & Simulation Engineer (Principal or Senior Principal Level)

Published on 11/24/2022Northrop Grumman - Redondo Beach, CA



RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems is looking for a Systems Modeling & Simulation Engineer to support the Systems Engineering organization in Redondo Beach, CA. Our work influences the investment decisions of our senior leadership and customer program offices. The Modeling and Simulation discipline itself is a mesh of many other fields (e.g. Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, etc.) and frequently collaborates across functional disciplines, offering a unique opportunity to obtain a broad understanding of many areas or to more narrowly focus on developing a deep expertise in any one of the relevant fields.

In this role, you will be a member of a small, cross-functional team. The team performs the following tasks: model development, scenario creation, designing focused vignette threads and performing analysis. The analysis includes a wide variety of system types and span multiple domains (friendly and adversary; ground, maritime, air and space). This drives the development of clean-sheet requirements, refine existing program system requirements, and influence the pursuit of future technologies and capabilities. You will work with air vehicle and subsystem engineers, as well as with program and customer leadership, to recommend candidate designs, and to develop Concepts of Operation (CONOPs) and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) at the system, mission, and campaign levels.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing new and/or integrate existing system simulation frameworks, performance models and algorithms, threat models and command and control models.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and translate friendly/adversary tactics into mission-level models such as AFSIM and Suppressor

  • Performs operational analysis and mission effectiveness analysis

  • Participate in Agile project framework

  • Models operational environments, performs trade studies via computer simulation, and recommends alternative architectures

  • Perform mission engineering activities to ensure continuity between desired operational capabilities and delivered system performance, through the Systems Engineering “V”

  • Ensure performance capabilities of new systems and architectures are traded against cost and mission requirements; develop mission relevant scenarios; assess operational effectiveness of existing and emerging systems and capabilities in representative operational environments

  • Solicit input from various stakeholders, synthesize data, and communicate results to various levels of leadership within the organization

  • Develops software to model behavior of systems in real-time and constructive simulations

  • Develops, integrates, and uses advanced graphical user interfaces and visualization tools

Basic Qualifications:

At a Principal Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 4 years of experience or 2 years of experience and Master’s Degree or 0 years of experience and PhD

At a Senior Principal Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 8 years of experience or 6 years of experience and Master’s Degree or 3 years of experience and PhD

At Either Level:

  • Experience or basic understanding of object oriented programming languages (C, C++) or scripting languages (Python, MATLAB)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance

Experience in at least one of the below:

  • Friendly/Adversary CONOPs and tactics

  • Modeling and Simulation of Radars, Missiles, Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS), air/ground/maritime/space platforms

  • Electronic Warfare (EW), Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Protection (EP), Electronic Countermeasures

  • Low Observables (LO)

  • Radio Frequency (RF)/Infrared (IR)/Electro-Optical (EO)/Acoustic Modeling & Analysis

  • Analysis of Survivability, Lethality, Vulnerability, Engagement at the mission level

  • Computer Networking & Communications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proposal development, writing or execution

  • Operational military background in any of the following:

  • Aircrew (Fighter/Bomber/RPA Pilot)

  • Electronic Warfare Officer/Weapons Systems Officer

  • Air Battle Manager/Naval Flight Officer

  • Intelligence or Communications Officer

  • Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university

  • Experience with system of systems modeling tools: AFSIM, Suppressor, or Brawler

  • Familiarity with AGILE, MBSE, and/or system architecture frameworks

  • Effective project management skills and good communication techniques

  • Experience with version control tools (Bitbucket, GitHub, or Gitlab, etc.)

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present and brief technical data to all levels of leadership within the organization and U.S. Government

A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret or Top Secret security clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (SAP)/SCI - some roles may be contingent upon this requirement

Salary Range: $104,600.00 - $157,000.00Salary Range 2: $129,700.00 - $194,500.00

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 .

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