Principal/Sr. Principal Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10020745

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

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems (NGDS) is looking for you to join our team as a Principal/Sr. Principal Software Engineer based out of Huntsville, Alabama on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) Poland contract, a US Army foreign military sale to Poland for its medium-range air and missile defense program. IBCS integrates disparate radars and weapons to construct a far more effective IAMD enterprise. IBCS delivers a single integrated air picture with unprecedented accuracy and broadens surveillance and protection areas. By implementing IBCS, Poland will transform its IAMD capabilities in a manner consistent with the U.S. Army.
Join Northrop Grumman as we provide innovative systems, products, and solutions for autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.


  • Perform test planning, monitoring and test execution activities
  • Devise the test objectives, organization test policies, test strategies and test plans.
  • Able to estimate the testing to be done and acquire necessary resources.
  • Schedule the test for execution and then will monitor, measure, control and report on the test progress, the product quality status and the test results, adapting the test plan and compensating as needed to adjust to evolving conditions.

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal level or a Sr Principal.

Basic Qualifications for Principal level:

  • Must have High school diploma or GED and 9 years applicable experience in software engineering.  Will also consider 5 Years software experience with Bachelors in Science, OR 3 Years with Masters.
  • Experience in performing test planning, monitoring, test integration (software installs, etc), and test execution
  • Active Secret Security Clearance investigated within the last 5 years

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal level:

  • High school diploma or GED and 13 years applicable experience.  Will also consider Bachelor's degree and at least 9 years of experience as a Software Engineer, 7 years with a Master's degree, or 4 years with a PhD.
  • Experience in performing test planning, monitoring, test integration (software installs, etc), and test execution
  • Active Secret Security Clearance investigated within the last 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience creating and documenting technical documents, test plans/procedures, analyzing results and creating reports.
  • Excellent decision-making and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an IPT environment
  • Windows/Linux or Networking certification preferred (i.e. Linux+, MSCE, CCNA)
  • Security+ certification preferred
  • Experience testing SW for performance and functionality based on requirement specification and ability to identify and document exact sequence of activities desired
  • Experience with automated testing

Salary Range: 95000 - 115000
Salary Range 2: 115000 - 150000

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.