Principal Software Integration and Test, Space Satellite Systems, Top Secret Clearance

Requisition ID: R10009988

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles - VA, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking 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.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems is seeking a Principal Software Integration and Test Engineer. This position will be located in Dulles, VA  and will support Tactical Space Systems Division in their development and deployment of satellite ground software to customer resources. This position will require strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical topics to management and non-technical audience.

Maintain processes and procedures for the development and test of spacecraft software systems. Coordinate integration activities with supervisors, program engineers and various customer organizations. Document and disposition software discrepancies, pursuing root cause, and corrective actions. Design and develop tooling to aid in the integration and test process.

This position requires 10% CONUS Travel. This position does not offer the ability to telecommute.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Maintain processes and procedures for the integration and test of ground software
  • Coordinate integration activities with supervisors, program engineers and various customer organizations
  • Document and disposition software discrepancies and pursuing root cause and corrective actions
  • Design and develop tooling to aid in the integration and test process
  • Develop testing strategy and user acceptance testing plan
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead program level test events at Factory and at Operational Site
  • Develop and documents step-by-step test cases based on the software needs elicited by mission owners and software developers
  • Ensure proper version control and configuration management of all test object developed and test environments used
  • Collaborate  with development team to understand and assess operational impact to the users
  • Assist in the creation of test project status reports and metrics to provide weekly and/or monthly status to the management team
  • Evaluate the operational readiness of a software application prior to the release or production, ensuring system compliance with external interfaces in a common operating environment
  • Test a system in the actual or simulated environment that it designed for with users of the system in realistic operational conditions.


Basic Qualifications for a Principal Software Integration and Test Engineer

  • 5+ Years with Bachelors in Software or Systems Engineering or Computer Science or closely related discipline (or 3 Years with Masters or closely related discipline or 1 year with a PhD)
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in software and systems testing, experience in development and deployment of satellite ground software preferred
  • Experience writing operational test plans and test cases
  • Experience with full systems development lifecycle for software maintenance, development, and/or implementation projects
  • Experience in ensuring  full functional testing of new features being added every sprint, with a focus on operational impact and assessment
  • Demonstrated experience in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation and monitoring
  • Must be a US Citizen with an active Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain SCI

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with running commands/scripts via command line (bash or Linux of both)
  • Experience with Atlassian tools (JIRA, Confluence, and Bitbucket)
  • Experience with Container Management (Dockers and Kubernetes)
  • Experience in using risk-driven techniques to develop, maintain and execute operational test cases for mission unique software
  • Ability to interact with development team and operational users to assess current software gaps, develop testing strategies, and recommend solutions for testing operationally relevant objectives
  • Ability to assess overall operational effectiveness of a system to accomplish the specified mission, with consideration to functional stability, interoperability,  training, and capability to meet defined mission outcomes

Salary Range: 92000 - 138000

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 ( 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 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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