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Staff Software Engineering Lead (Alice Springs, AU)

Requisition ID: R10025689

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Polygraph
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Rotating Shifts (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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for launch systems capabilities serving national security, military, civil and commercial customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman SSSD is seeking an Staff, Software Engineering Lead looking to work as a member of an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) leadership team at a field site located in Alice Springs, AU.

Role Description:
The Software Engineering Lead is the technical project manager and programmatic execution lead for the local Software Engineering Department.  The Software Engineering Department is comprised of engineers with mission software applications experience and software integrator who can work in a structured, configuration controlled environment, primarily focused on the support and maintenance of real-time mission software applications. The Software Engineering Lead oversees a team that is responsible for evaluating operational software problems and providing immediate solutions to restore service.  


The Software Engineering Lead's responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee and lead the task execution of the Software Engineering Department personnel to include: setting performance and quality standards, support to factory installations and recaps, tool development, DR identification and tracking, anomaly resolution support   

  • Champion team members in acquiring and maintaining an operational certification and meeting Flexible Operations scheduling and proficiency requirements

  • Prioritize software engineering team tasks and resources to ensure successful execution of program delivery and installation schedules and that real-time mission availability is maximized

  • Lead and maintain the software mission applications OJT program and mentor team members to advance their technical knowledge and skill sets

  • Implement and reinforce software coding standards, best practices, processes, and policies

  • Utilize Agile processes and tools that include Jira, Confluence, and Git to manage departmental projects and tasking

  • Collaborate with factory specialists and applications developers on new installs, existing software baseline management, and DR resolutions

  • Work with the Site Operations Manager, Operations Support Department Lead and Operations Engineering Lead as part of the Operations Leadership team

The successful candidate must pass a comprehensive physical and psychological examination prior to beginning this assignment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited institution with fourteen (14) years of relevant experience; OR 12 Years with Masters; OR 9 Years with PhD.

  • Experience with C++, Java, Perl and/or Python programming languages

  • Proficiency with VMS and/or LINUX/UNIX operating systems

  • Ability to read, understand, interpret, and communicate technical documentation/information, both written and orally, to a diverse group of stakeholders

  • Active Top Secret/SCI or DoD Top Secret with an SSBI and counterintelligence polygraph examination

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading people, projects, or teams with the ability to mentor and develop junior engineers


Salary Range: $141,800 USD - $212,800 USD

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.