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Principal / Senior Principal Embedded Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10077746

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is seeking Principal Embedded Software Engineers and Senior Principal Embedded Software Engineers with the desire to learn new technologies to join our innovative Software Technologies Organization to help develop, enhance and maintain software on cutting edge products and systems. Candidates will work on software systems for mission systems in all phases of the software development lifecycle, primarily in C/C++. 

This position is located in Linthicum, MD.

Summary of Role:

As a Principal and Senior Principal Embedded Software Engineer within the Software and Digital Technologies Organization 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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Identifying risks, suggesting mitigation, tracking defects, developing resolutions, and reporting status.

  • Develop and execute unit tests and build verification test plans, and track and report test status.

  • Conduct reviews of software related products, software designs, and additional technical documents.

  • Active participation in Integrated Product Teams (IPT), design reviews, and other reviews, as required.

  • Actively participate in the technical peer reviews to ensure system/software requirements are being met from an end-to-end system point of view.

The Software and Digital Technologies Organization is hiring for 3 different sub-organizations:

  • Software Technologies: Radars and Sensors for ground and air based platforms: Our organization has stable work spread across multiple customers and platforms.  This work covers Ship based countermeasures, battle space awareness, real time radar processing, aerial target detection and tracking, cognitive and adaptive electronic warfare, and much more!

  • Product Line Software: Develop distributed, real-time & embedded (DRE) OT software systems for general purpose and higher performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications right on your Windows or Linux desktop – no special hardware required.

  • Secure Processing: Defending the warfighting capability by “keeping secret things from getting out” and “keeping malicious things from getting in”.

We offer phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly collaborative workplace. 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. Does this sound like you?

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself! Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-

known for our inclusive environment, as well as our excellent work/life balance. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a 9/80 schedule, and a great 401K matching program.

This position may be filled at a higher grade based on the qualifications listed below.

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal or Senior Principal Level.

Basic Qualifications for the Principal Level:

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline; 3 years with Masters; 0 years with a PhD OR an 4 additional years in lieu of a degree

  • Experience working in C/C++

  • Proficiency in working with real time embedded software

  • Experience with full software lifecycle: specification, design, implementation, integration, debug and maintenance is required

  • Active DoD Security Clearance at the Secret Level (or above) is required for consideration

Basic Qualifications for the Senior Principal Level:

  • 9 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline; 7 years with Masters; 4 years with a PhD OR an 4 additional years in lieu of a

  • Experience working in C/C++

  • Proficiency in working with real time embedded software

  • Experience with full software lifecycle: specification, design, implementation, integration, debug and maintenance is required

  • Active DoD Security Clearance at the Secret Level (or above) is required for consideration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in real-time embedded software development knowledge of Radar, Electronic Warfare, or Space technologies

  • Experience in algorithmic application development and optimization

  • Experience with VxWorks and/or Linux Operating Systems

  • Experience with Visual Studio

  • Experience with Matlab

  • Experience with Coverity and/or KlocWork tools

  • Experience in Open Architecture Solutions

  • Experience with the Atlassian tool set, kubernetes, Model Based Engineering, and DevSecOps best practices


Salary Range: $99,800 USD - $149,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $123,800 USD - $185,800 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.