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Senior Principal Engineer Software – Software Integration & Test Automation

Requisition ID: R10048318

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: San Diego, CA, USA   |  Emerado, ND, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Interim Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 5

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.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come.  Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe.  We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future and have a lot of 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 Part Of History, They Are Making History.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Senior Principal Software Integration & Test Automation (SI&TA) Software Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Software organization.  This role is located in San Diego, California or Emerado, North Dakota.

In this role you will support all aspects of the of the software engineering lifecycle, with particular focus on automated software testing, hardware/software integration, systems administration and lab management, and modeling and simulation software development. You will work with multi-disciplinary teams, such as with Systems Engineering, Real-time & Embedded Software, Test Automation, DevSecOps and Systems Test, in an Agile software development environment. 

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead integration and troubleshooting of software components across multiple network domains
  • Support program statement of work by applying fundamentals of software engineering to all phases of the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Coordinate and collaborate directly with software development and other engineering discipline teams to develop, write, document, and execute software requirement verification and integration, tests, including identifying and tracking issues through resolution
  • Support software integration with hardware components in systems integration labs and other integrated test environments
  • Participate in all aspects of the software development lifecycle activities and the Agile process for critical mission system software products
  • Prioritize automating system tasks (preflight and postflight operations, network health and status checks, configuration management procedures, and software updates) to further improve the team’s efficiency and productivity
  • Diagnose and identify the root cause of problems found during software installation, integration, acceptance test, and operational events
  • Triage, identify and isolate defects and issues in all environments and retesting
  • Review and provide feedback on test designs, policies, and processes
  • Work on an Agile scrum team to execute and automate infrastructure maintenance and user services
  • Utilize software development skills to design, code, and implement tests: unit, integration, regression
  • Perform detailed design, code, and testing of those requirements at the domain level as well as support of system and operational testing
  • Analyze software and system requirements allocated to computer software configuration items (CSCI)
  • Create, design, maintain and expand infrastructures to support software test automation utilizing COTS automation frameworks
  • Support tool development to support streamlining of current processes and development of continuous test integration environment
  • Collaborate with cross-discipline teams to develop innovative solutions to resolve challenging problems
  • Ensure that thorough, clear, and complete documentation is created and maintained to support current and future integration activities
  • Submit detailed problem reports for any anomalies identified during testing
  • Prepare for and conduct presentations and demonstrations to customers, program leadership, and other stakeholders

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 9 years of related engineering experience or a Master’s degree in STEM with 7 years of related engineering experience, or a PhD in STEM with 4 years of related engineering experience
  • Demonstrated experience with at least one of the following automated test frameworks: Cucumber, Google Test, TestComplete, AQT, Atlas, EggPlant, Unit Test Factory, RTC, ATF, Python
  • Experience with at least one of the following programming languages: Python, C/C++, or C#
  • Experience with Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD) and Object-oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Familiar with Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Continuous Integration Tools: Familiar with one of the following (Jenkins, Bamboo, GitLab CI, etc.)
  • Code Coverage Tools: Familiar with one of the following (SonarCube, Clover, etc.)
  • Experience in Agile Software methodologies – Scrum or Kanban
  • Experience with Atlassian tools such as Jira, Git, Subversion, Confluence, etc.
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux operating systems
  • Must have United States Citizenship
  • DoD Interim Secret clearance to start and ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance
  • Must be able to travel at least 10% of the time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the application of software integration and automated test processes, tools, procedures, and metrics
  • Proficient with at least one of the following languages C, C++, Python
  • Familiarity with communication protocols (MIL-STD-1553)
  • Experience in complete software development lifecycle
  • Experience in Agile Software methodologies – Scrum, Kanban, etc.
  • Experience with software development in real-time embedded systems for military applications
  • Experience in using integrated development environment tools (e.g., Rhapsody) and real-time operating systems (e.g., Integrity)
  • Demonstrated understanding of application and embedded software integration procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with software test automation at multiple requirement levels
  • Demonstrated experience with at least one of the following automated test frameworks: Cucumber, Google Test, TestComplete, AQT, Atlas, EggPlant, Unit Test Factory, RTC, ATF
  • Cloud and container experience (e.g., installing and troubleshooting Docker or Kubernetes deployed software) 
  • Demonstrated advanced level understanding of application and embedded software integration procedures
  • Experience with VMWare infrastructure
  • Certification from VMWare, Windows (MCSE), and/or RedHat with Satellite Administration
  • Administration and troubleshooting of Linux (RHEL / CENTOS) 6/7/8 servers and workstations
  • Administration and troubleshooting of Windows Server 2008 / 2016, and Windows 7 / 10 systems
  • Administration and troubleshooting of VMWare vSphere systems (VCSA and ESXi) systems
  • Automate system maintenance tasks with scripting tools (PowerShell, Python, Ansible, etc.)
  • Experience with cybersecurity compliance through the use of security frameworks and remediation tools (SCC SCAP scanner, STIG Viewer, and Nessus)
  • Familiarity with software network interfaces
  • Experience in automation of installation, configuration, and test scripts
  • Experience with Atlassian tools such as Confluence and JIRA
  • Active, current Security+ certification
  • Experience with writing and using scripting languages to support hardware/software integration, debugging, and maintenance
  • Active in scope DoD Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • Active in-scope Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret Clearance
  • Special Access Program (SAP) clearance
  • United States Passport, and ability and willingness to frequently travel overseas

This position reports to San Diego, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Emerado, ND, ND, USA.


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.