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Principal Software Engineer / Sr Principal Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10049271

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SAP
  • 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

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Software Engineer / Sr Principal Software Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. Position is located in Melbourne, Florida.  

Essential Functions:   
Exciting position offers the opportunity to directly create, implement and evaluate software for displays in a cockpit environment. Not your average sustainment role! Come in from the beginning where the architecture and framework are being developed from the ground-up! 

The Software Engineer will develop, modify and maintain customized or standardized applications using software engineering best practices and standards, and participate in the full life-cycle of software development, to include requirements development, modeling and design, application development, unit to CSCI testing, integration, formal system testing, release, installation, and maintenance.  The candidate will interface on occasion with the customer and excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills are essential.  

Benefits: 
We offer flexible work arrangements, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. 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.

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! 

This position can be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications

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

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Software Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years of software engineering experience OR a Master’s Degree and 3 years of software engineering experience

  • Experience developing software/writing code in C/C++ and/or Java

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance (with a background investigation within the past 6 years or enrolled into Continuous Education).

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Basic Qualifications for a Sr Principal Software Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 9 years of software engineering experience OR a Master’s Degree and 7 years of software engineering experience

  • Experience developing software/writing code in C/C++ and/or Java

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance (with a background investigation within the past 6 years or enrolled into Continuous Education).

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in aeronautical displays development

  • Experience in OpenGL

  • Knowledge of Linux systems with basic commands

  • Experience with Vehicle management software or equivalent VXWORKS
  • Experience with Software tools like: Eclipse, Git, Rhapsody, DOORS, Atlassian Tools (Jira, Bitbucket, Confluence, Crucible, Bamboo)
  • Experience with Agile development.
  • Experience with Google Test
  • Experience with scripting in Python and Bash
  • Experience developing software for safety critical embedded systems

  • Experience integrating and debugging software on hardware

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-1553

  • Familiarity with software requirements tools such as DOORS and Rational Rhapsody


Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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.