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Embedded Software Engineer / Principal Embedded Software Engineer (Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10067655

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Azusa, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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: 4

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 Space Systems Sector in Azusa, CA seeks an Embedded Software Engineer (Level 2) or Principal Embedded Software Engineer (Level 3) to join our team. We are seeking someone who has the ability to report on-site daily. We can accommodate partial telework, but this is dependent upon business/program need. Due to this it will not always be a consistent hybrid schedule.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems 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!


As a selected candidate you can support the design, development, documentation, testing, integration, and debugging of software written in various computer languages. You can ensure software standards are met. Understanding the importance of collaborating with a diverse team and across disciplines in an often-dynamic environment is a philosophy you share and demonstrate. At this point in your career, you are developing great problem-solving skills. You work under general direction and can refine many task details independently. Determining and developing technical solutions to complex problems is something you enjoy and even thrive on. Continual skill development and knowledge expansion is part of your life. You live to solve challenges! Our mission to protect people, property, and democracy through the sensors we build is important to you.

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! Initiatives for diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to you and you value the differences in your teammates and your teammate’s perspectives. You understand that such diversity leads to the optimal solutions to meet our customers’ needs and you want to share your own voice in that process.

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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • For a Level 2 Embedded Software Engineer, a bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field with 2 years of related software engineering experience, OR a master’s degree in a STEM field.
  • For a Level 3 Principal Embedded Software Engineer, a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and 5 years of related software engineering experience, OR a master’s degree in a STEM field and 3 years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience developing software in object-oriented programming languages such as C++ or ADA.
  • Active and current DoD Secret clearance or higher.

Preferred Qualifications Either Level:

  • Experience with developing software in Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) for embedded applications (VxWorks or similar)
  • Knowledge of Agile development concepts, methodologies, and associated tools (Jira/Atlassian tools)
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and analytic skills
  • Thrive on colleague interactions and collaborations
  • Some experience with unit testing (googletest or similar framework)
  • Some experience with scripting languages such as Python or Ruby
  • Some experience with configuration management and version control tools
  • Some experience with software design using tools such as Cameo or Rhapsody
  • Some experience with Static Code Analysis (SCA) tools (Fortify, Understand, SonarQube)
  • Some experience with containerization (Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift)
  • Some experience with Linux operating system development and test experience

There is no expectation that you will know everything we have listed although the higher the band the more may be expected. We’d love the opportunity to meet you and have a conversation. Let us facilitate the process to achieve your goals and dreams as a professional engineer!


Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.