Sr Principal Engineer Software

Requisition ID: R10019581

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville - AL, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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, 25% 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.

Job Description:

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector is seeking a Senior Principal Software Engineer / Programmer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Huntsville, AL; where technology and teamwork come together to create world-class training products. The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman's very successful Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Virtual Training Systems (VTS) Team, responsible for delivering training products geared for a military audience on a multitude of Defense sector programs. The VTS team develops Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) that includes game-based training, virtual, and constructive training. This includes interactive and immersive environments that are on the cutting edge of technology, providing learning experiences that foster creative engagement and problem solving in a risk-free, dynamic realm of interactive encounters.

The Senior Principal Software Engineer will join the software development team that designs, develops, documents, tests, and debugs our application software systems containing logical and mathematical solutions for military 3D game-based training. The Software Engineer determines computer user needs; analyzes system capabilities, output requirements, input data acquisition, and programming techniques; and ensures software standards are met. The Senior Principal Software Engineer must be highly familiar with commercial and/or open source game engines and the techniques they use including shadow casting, object occlusion, LODs, ambient occlusion, animation blending, shaders, batching, skeletal support, particle systems, and networking.

Job Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

The successful candidate must minimally meet the following requirements:

  • High school diploma and 13 years applicable experience. Will also consider 9 Years applicable experience with Bachelors in Science or related Technical degree; 7 Years applicable experience with Masters; 4 Years with PhD.
  • Strong technical skills. Must be active learner of hardware and software applications
  • Ability to quickly grasp and communicate technical subjects clearly and concisely
  • Strong interviewing and listening skills; must be able to ask the right questions of the subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Strong usability and testing skills; must take an active role in validation of documentation
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work and adjust to changes in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Must be a team player
  • Must be self-managing and self-motivated
  • Advanced C++/C#/Java coding skills, experience with Unity3D programming, experience with ESRI GIS software

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with any of the following preferred qualifications will receive preferential hiring consideration:

  • Experience with Unity 3D development
  • Experience with ESRI GIS software
  • Experience with 3D simulations / gaming technology
  • Strong interviewing and listening skills; must be able to ask the right questions of the subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Strong usability and testing skills; must take an active role in validation of documentation
  • Good organizational skills

Salary Range: 114300 - 171500

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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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.