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Northrop Grumman (DoD SkillBridge) – Sr Staff Engineer Embedded Software

Requisition ID: R10070560

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: McClellan, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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: 1

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.

NG- Military Internship Program Description:  

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman’s 90,000 employees self-identify as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists.

The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29 .The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days. The Northrop Grumman Military internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels. SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members. 

Responsibilities for this internship position are:

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman – Military Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for SkillBridge.  During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program. 

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training.  Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly-trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission “Defining Possible” on Day 1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility: 

  • Has served at least 180 days on active duty

  • Is within 12 months of separation or retirement

  • Will receive an honorable discharge

  • Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS

  • Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months

  • Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship.

Job Description:

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Sr. Staff Embedded Engineer Software  based out of McClellan, CA in the Sacramento area or may consider as a Hybrid Remote/Onsite opportunity (if not local, will need to permanently relocate to the area). As a Sr. Staff Embedded Engineer Software at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter.  Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation.  The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

The sector strategic Independent Research And Development (IRAD) initiatives are seeking software developers and integrators who have experience in cloud-native technologies, architectures, and techniques, with a keen interest in learning how to apply these techniques and architectures to the embedded, edge and forward deployed systems. Ideally, experience in software development and integration for embedded systems is desired, but not required. In addition, the ideal candidate would have an understanding of the impact to software deployments and configurations on various processing platforms, with limited resources. Our team uses agile development methods to support multiple projects with a single engineering team, and is committed to using Dev*Ops processes for enabling systems of systems solutions. Our initiatives are seeking candidates who are self-starters, interested in investigating the art of the possible with cloud-native technologies, enabling new use cases.

What You’ll Get To Do:

The new team member will perform multiple roles depending on the phase of the project.  We design state of the art sensors incorporating the best products from the commercial industry, when possible. With ever-accelerating technological advances and growing system complexity, the job requires the ability to build, integrate, and optimize complex systems and services.  The job includes technical decision making, requirements analysis,  build/buy analysis, software and system design, software development, documentation, mentoring, and test and debug of software systems. You will perform analysis of system capabilities to resolve problems on program intent,  data processing requirements, programming techniques and controls; define interfaces, and prepares operating instructions.  As a lead you will ensure both system and software standards and DevSecOp practices are met.  In addition you will:

  • Drive a program to success

  • Design, develop, document, test and debug applications software and systems

  • Lead teams and mentor junior engineers

  • Follow software development standards for configuration management, software reuse, and Dev*Ops processes

  • Foster innovation while maintaining system design/requirements to maintain

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) and a minimum of 14 years related years of experience.  Master’s Degree and 12 Years or 9 Years and a PhD.

  • Experience with C/C++ and Java in a LINUX/UNIX environment

  • Experience leading teams

  • Experience with containers, container development and deployment

  • Understanding of all phases of software development.

  • US Citizenship is required in order to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of Cloud Native Compute Foundation evaluation categories

  • Understanding of DoD’s PlatformOne infrastructure offering, and Iron Bank container registry

  • Experience creating, deploying, dynamically adjusting containers for systems

  • Experience with kubernetes (K8s and k3s) and cloud-native operating systems

  • Experience with software factories and Dev*Ops

  • Experience with BitBucket, JIRA, Jenkins, Confluence, and other Atlassian tools

  • Experience with Python, BASH, and other scripting languages

  • Practical experience in an Agile / Dev*Ops environment 

  • Experience with object-oriented SW design

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Salary Range: $178,700 USD - $268,100 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.