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Staff Software Engineer (C/C++)

Requisition ID: R10013352

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Cincinnati - OH, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Polygraph
  • 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: 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.

Join Northrop Grumman – Xetron, part of Mission Systems sector, focused on the development of new capabilities for our military and intelligence customers around the globe. Remember when you were eager about getting to work because of the excitement of the challenge, the importance of the solution, and the fun you had with your team? Xetron is that kind of place!

As a small Operating Unit of the larger Northrop Grumman Corporation located in Cincinnati Ohio, Xetron is a rare example of a company with a small business culture operating collaboratively with its larger business entity. This unique relationship offers employees the ability to literally know everyone at the site at a personal level while still working on technologies and products that are beyond state-of-the-art. You’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise with team members at all levels.

We are seeking senior level, cleared or clearable Software Engineers in a variety of technical disciplines who are self-motivated and energetic with a background in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related technical discipline. A security clearance is not required to start.

Essential Functions:

The successful candidates will participate in a broad range of technologies with exposure to a variety of technical disciplines (as described below) that provide critical solutions to U.S. government agencies and the Department of Defense. Many of the problem-sets our customers expect us to solve do not have known solutions, so ingenuity is essential. We are pushing the boundaries and defining what is possible in low-power RF collection sensors, novel signal and data processing algorithms and custom communication systems.

This position involves developing solutions to national security threats with products that may involve custom software development on a variety of platforms from embedded processors to x86 Linux servers, creating command and control protocols to RF and communication hardware and developing high-performance software algorithms to process large quantities of data in near real-time. The position requires solid software development skills including a familiarity with C/C++ development in a Linux environment and scripting languages. Knowledge of computer networking, modern software development environments, embedded programming, and software configuration management tools is a plus.

Technical disciplines include:

  • Application development (C++, including STL)

  • Linux kernel mode programming (C, Assembly)

  • Network programming (C/C++)

  • Network protocols (ICMP, TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, SSL, SFTP, etc.)

  • Database programming (SQL)

  • Build tools (CMake, make)

  • Software version control (Git)

  • Linux shell scripting

  • Message queues (ZeroMQ)

  • Development libraries (Boost, Qt)

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and 14 years of relevant work experience OR M.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and 12 years of relevant work experience OR Ph.D and 10 years of relevant work experience. NOTE: 4 years of relevant work experience can be substituted for the degree.

  • US Citizenship and ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

  • Demonstrated software programming experience in C/C++ in a Linux environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI security clearance

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field

  • Experience in software development to include any of the following: Kernel mode, embedded, command and control, web applications, network applications

  • Experience with a debugging or system analysis tool (i.e. gdb, valgrind, Wireshark, JTAG debuggers)

  • Experience developing software for multiple operating system environments

  • Experience with virtual machine technology

  • Development of lower level networking protocols such as TCP/IP and UDP

  • Experience with software middleware, Inter-Process Communications (IPC), Remote Procedure Calls (RPC), message queues, network socket programming, serial protocols, threading and synchronization.

  • Secure programming knowledge and experience (format string vulnerabilities, buffer overflows, etc.)Familiarity with common source control tools (Git) and automated build system workflows (Jenkins, Go, etc.)

This position offers the option of a 9/80 work schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.


Salary Range: 141440 - 212160

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.


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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.