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Principal Engineer Software

Requisition ID: R10064800

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

The Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) Advanced Processing Solutions Business pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines the leading edge of exotic new technologies, and drives advances in the sciences. One of our most challenging new fields is Transformational Computing, which combines the unique properties of superconductivity and quantum mechanics to develop radical new energy-efficient computing systems. Our team is chartered with providing the skills to transform computing beyond Moore’s Law, advancing development of computer architectures, processing/memory subsystems, and large-scale high-performance computing systems. You will work in a fast-paced team environment alongside a broad array of scientists and engineers to make these processing solutions a reality and deliver remarkable new advantages to the warfighter.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector (NGMS) is a leading global provider of secure software-defined, hardware enabled mission systems. Our company is pioneering capabilities in a wide variety of sectors that keep our nation and our allies’ safe from undersea to space and cyberspace. NGMS is seeking Software Engineers with demonstrated ability to lead development of new technologies to support our innovative Transformational Computing team to help develop software in support of emerging supercomputing technologies.

The software engineers will be developing and supporting the next-generation supercomputing capabilities including simulations, algorithms, test automation, and data management and analysis capabilities.  As a Principal Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman, you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Using 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 selected individual requires mid-level software development skills and will be responsible for assisting design teams in all phases of the software development lifecycle including design, development, and test. Candidates should have a solid foundation with best practices in software design, Continuous Integration / Continuous Deliver (CI/CD) tools and processes, and object-oriented programming.  Candidates should be familiar with the Agile methodology of software development.

All job functions require close teamwork across functional disciplines and integrated product teams in a fast-paced environment. This program area is expanding which offers the potential for future growth opportunities (technical lead, software architect, etc.) for candidates who successfully demonstrate exceptional performance and leadership. This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

This position requires work onsite at our Linthicum, MD location.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or comparable degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the software development (3 years with a MS degree; 0 years with PhD)
  • Experience with a wide range of object-oriented programming languages such as Python, Java, C++, Matlab, etc.
  • Ability to learn, contribute to, and debug large codebases and propose ways to optimize and employ best practices
  • Experience with the agile software development lifecycle
  • Experience developing and communicating software architecture constructs
  • Eligibility for a TS/SCI Clearance; U.S. Citizenship is a pre-requisite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Capable of effective communication in a highly technical environment
  • Experience with full stack web development and RESTful web services
  • Experience with relational and/or noSQL databases
  • Experience with UI design and development
  • Experience with test automation and instrument control
  • Experience with continuous integration tools such as GoCD, Jenkins, Artifactory and version control tools such as Git
  • Experience with server tool deployments and maintenance
  • Experience with creating design artifacts such as UML and SysML
  • Active TS/SCI Clearance


Salary Range: $97,000 USD - $140,000 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.