Principal Engineer RF Microwave Design Manhattan Beach, CA

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems sector is seeking a Principal Engineer RF Microwave Design to join our team of creative and diverse engineers. The position will be located in Manhattan Beach, CA and will be part of the Electronics and Payloads' RF and Mixed Signal Products Department - an organization of 160 plus engineers and technicians that develops components which include microwave and millimeter wave, low noise amplifiers, high linearity mixers, power amplifiers, multipliers, bandpass filters, modulators, frequency sources, high-speed/high-resolution ADCs, DACs, power-management ICs, custom mixed signal ICs, and SoCs for a variety of space and air programs. The candidate will support the P093 Program's RF Integrated Product Team. This role requires the candidate to have an active Sensitive Compartmental Information (SCI) Clearance.

The successful candidate will be able to perform the following essential functions with minimal guidance from team lead:

  • Conduct electrical design trades

  • Analyze Flight test data for various levels of hardware design and integration

  • Conduct worst case analyses and documentation

  • Finalize electrical design, support prototype and final hardware build & test

  • Develop and present design reviews for internal and external customers

  • Coordinate up and down levels of hardware integration and across multi-disciplines to deliver Flight hardware

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

This position's standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution and 5 years of experience in an Engineering Environment; OR a minimum of 3 years of experience with a STEM master's degree; OR, 0 years of experience with a STEM PhD. degree

  • Experience designing, analyzing and/or testing RF modules, boards, and/or units

  • Technical experience with Cadence Design System, ADS, SystemVue, Sonnet, HFSS or other relevant CAD tools

  • Must have an active Sensitive Compartmental Information (SCI) Clearance and ability to work in a classified closed environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience working with a team of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary engineers

  • Ability to lead hardware from design phase through Flight delivery

  • Experience with electronics lab test equipment and test software

  • Technical proficiency with Cadence Design System, ADS, SystemVue, Sonnet, HFSS or other relevant CAD tools


Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

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.

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