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Principal Systems Engineer – Naval Services

Northrop Grumman
New Malden, London (Greater)
Closing date
19 Jan 2022
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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.

A key member of the Systems Engineering function, this role ensures programme work is delivered on time, budget and to the required scope through robust plans. The Defence Systems Engineering Team provides support across the three programme areas (Surface Ships, Submarines and Naval Services), helping drive the other functions through the Project Lifecycle from Customer needs to Validation (and closeout).

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct/lead all systems engineering activities including requirements management, verification testing and design assurance.

  • Produce/review project technical documentation to project schedule.

  • Prepare for and successfully deliver key design reviews (PDR/CDR) in accordance with the Systems Engineering procedure and programme schedule.

  • Technical management of suppliers, ensuring requirements and design baselines are maintained.

  • Reviewing and challenging technical documentation received from Customer and suppliers.

  • Support/Lead reviews with the Customer and key suppliers.

  • Ensuring adequate integration with other engineering functions involved in the delivery of the programme (Hardware, Mechanical, Software, V&V, ILS, IA, Safety etc.).

  • Ensure all responsibilities are delivered in accordance with Company Standards of Conduct and contractual processes.

  • Have awareness of and comply with Company Standards of Conduct and all relevant statutory requirements.

  • Carry out any other reasonable management request.

Management, Tracking & Reporting

  • Lead the team to deliver the planned outputs to time, cost and quality, prioritising work, resolving issues or escalating as necessary

  • Drive the decision-making processes for exceptional activities or circumstances and deviations

  • Support risk reviews, programme reviews and design reviews

Design, Development & Qualification

  • Drive industry best practice for engineering designing, development, integration, verification, validation and qualification

  • Ensure designs comply with approved management plans, using approved design methods, competent personnel, effective delivery systems and design processes

  • Engage effectively with the Governance Team on Programme constraints, challenges and changes

  • Ensure deliverables are appropriately reviewed and checked by competent persons via single discipline and inter-discipline checks

Review and Audit

  • Involve the Governance Team early enough to guarantee time for Programme Reviews

  • Conduct periodic self-assessment, review and audit of design standards, methods, competencies and processes & procedures in the quality system

General Operational / Team Leader Duties

  • Attend departmental meetings as required

  • Remain compliant with all applicable Business Management / Command Media Processes and procedures

  • Support the functional lead in developing and growing a professional and engaged team

  • Understand and apply all policies, processes and procedures around people management, compliance and governance

Competency/Skill requirements

  • Adept at problem-solving, able to develop solutions to a variety of complex problems

  • Good attention to detail

  • Organised, adept at workload management and prioritising appropriately to meet deadlines

  • Flexible and responsive to changing priorities

  • Proactive team worker, equally self-motivated and able to work autonomously

  • Good interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with all audiences/stakeholders and present relevant information clearly at all levels of the organisation

  • Fluent in written and spoken English

  • Strong customer focus

  • Engaging ‘can do’ attitude

  • Has well-developed influencing skills

  • Proficient user of MS office

  • Competent in PowerPoint (and face-to-face presentation delivery) able to present relevant information

  • Good technical writing skills

Additional Information:

  • All candidates must be eligible to hold and maintain UK Government Security Clearance.
  • Looking for flexibility? At Northrop Grumman UK we have hybrid working arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about what may be possible.

Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.


Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 85,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

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