Senior Principal Instrumentation & Data Network Engineer Melbourne, FL

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Sr. Principal Instrumentation & Data Network Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Evaluation organization. This role is located in Melbourne, FL .

In this role, you will support the Instrumentation and Data Systems team in a lead role, you will be responsible for the development, design, and integration of a complex and secure test data acquisition network architecture for a next-generation development program. You will develop a local and cloud-based data processing and dissemination architecture using hardware and software solutions to support the recording of hardwire measurands, optical, and common bus protocols (Ethernet, 1553, 1394, ARINC 429, CAN, etc.) for laboratory, ground, and flight test activities across multiple sites.

Working in concert with a Network Architect and lab infrastructure leads to incorporate program integration requirements, you will develop network architecture diagrams, rack design drawings, and hardware selection for installation. You will support data collection configuration of the Flight Test Instrumentation system, coordinate test activity, and communicate instrumentation and system test data issues and status across IPTs. In addition, you will support test readiness reviews, test planning working groups, and pre- and post-test briefings.

Experience in network operating systems, network and computer hardware selection, design software, as well as database development for measurand and test data is important. Knowledge of telemetry, onboard recording, Data Acquisition System equipment by Safran/Heim, Zodiac, and TTC/Teletronics/Curtis-Wright and ground stations is preferred. You will prepare system specifications, Request for Quotes (RFQ's), and Statement of Work (SOW's) which satisfy test and system requirements plus support test activities, anomaly resolution, and process improvement initiatives. Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills are key.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform all aspects of network management from initial network design through test, implementation, and maintenance

  • Optimize data collection and dissemination to existing software tools and data reduction suites

  • Ensure network performance and data delivery capabilities meets System Test, vehicle subsystem Responsible Engineer, and customer requirements

  • Troubleshoot network, data collection, and system issues

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor's of Science degree in a Science, technology, Engineering, or Math ( STEM) discipline AND 9 years of related professional/military experience OR a Master of Science degree in a STEM discipline AND 7 years of related professional/military experience OR a STEM Ph.D. AND 4 years of related professional/military experience

  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation)

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance prior to the commencement of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with network design and testing methodologies using routers, switches, firewalls, and encryption devices, and performing system validation and verification on complex networks

  • Possess a current DoD 8570 certification at IAT Level II or higher (Security+, GSEC, SCNP, SSCP, CISSP, CISA, GSE, SCNA, CCNP, or CCNA)

  • Ability to objectively assess architectural limitations or shortcoming in such areas as scaling, speed, and throughput

  • Familiarity with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) using SysML

  • VMWare or other virtualization experience

  • Develop and document technical processes and procedures as needed

  • Interact, meet, discuss, and troubleshoot issues with vendors; evaluate vendor products, services, and suggestions

  • Maintain security audit and logging information and adhere to strict Information System security guidelines on all classified network hardware as directed by the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) and Communication Security (COMSEC) requirements

  • Work under minimal direction and independently determine and develop approach to solutions

Salary Range: $112,000 - $168,000

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.

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.