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Software Quality Assurance Engineer /Principle Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Requisition ID: R10058047

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, 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: 4

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.

We have an opening for a Software Quality Assurance/Principle Software Quality Assurance Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Aeronautics organization. This position will be located in Melbourne, Florida.

In this role, you will become part of Northrop Grumman's Aeronautics Systems (AS) Division. We are looking for a high-caliber individual(s) with a background in software mission assurance, software quality, configuration management or audit compliance of software aeronautics programs. In this role, you will monitor, audit, and assure software product development compliance to contractual requirements, company standards of excellence, and customer satisfaction.

Excellent people and technical skills are required to coordinate with subcontractors, various subsystems and interact with management to conduct audits and implement corrective actions. Implement software mission assurance as an integrated part of the AS Mission Assurance Organization, while working with Dev Ops, Systems Engineering, and Simulator Software to identify and resolve process and product compliance issues.

To be successful in this role you should have a good understanding of software development life cycles that align with ISO, AS9100, and Agile.  

A detail oriented approach to identifying and capturing noncompliance and risks throughout the software’s development life cycle and maintenance will serve you well in this role.

This position may be filled at a higher level

Job Responsibilities

  • Review customer, system and software requirements to ensure the flow down of requirements is complete and unambiguous
  • Review and verify design documents meet appropriate standards
  • Review source code and provide technical feedback and solutions alternatives
  • Participate in contractual reviews and audits, program/IPT meetings, and configuration control board meetings
  • Perform process audits of software development processes to assure compliance to established policies, procedures, work instructions, and program specific plans
  • Examine the products associated with the preparation and configuration control of software test environments to assess the team’s readiness to enter formal testing
  • Witness execution of software qualification and system acceptance tests to ensure tests are executed in accordance with approved test procedures, requirements are fully verified, and that all test procedure and software anomalies are documented and tracked to closure
  • Evaluate and ensure software suppliers possess the capability and capacity necessary to execute and deliver procured software with unquestionable quality
  • Facilitate thorough root cause analysis on major findings and ensure appropriate corrective and preventive actions are developed and implemented in a timely manner
  • Conduct data analysis, data integration, and data management
  • Interpret customer technical, software, and mission assurance requirements and ensure those requirements are integrated into program plans, specifications, and product documents
  • Ensure program contract requirements are flowed down internally and to subcontractors
  • Interface with software subcontractors in the verification of product design, quality, and reliability
  • Ensure compliance with contract program, quality, organizational, and industry alert requirements
  • Provide oversight in discrepancy review and software failure investigations as well as cause and corrective action determinations. Analyze and interpret trends and execute improvements on key metrics
  • Ensure Software Risk Management activities are executed according to standards and procedures
  • Provide Lab support and lab verification in preparation for Software Certification testing
  • Develop and deliver metrics and reports as needed

Basic Qualifications: Software Quality Engineer

  • 2 years of experience with Software and/or Quality Assurance and a Bachelors in a STEM field (ideally Engineering;) or 0 years of experience with a Masters;
  • Able to read and understand Software Code (C++, C#, Python, Java)
  • Application of technical expertise including complete understanding of software assurance fundamental engineering principles, practices, and theories
  • Ability to understand and work with multiple enterprise-wide systems and software problem tracking tools (e.g. DOORs, Jira, Confluence, BitBucket.)
  • Experience with ISO and AS9100 standards requirements
  • Advanced experience in applying waterfall, spiral, and Agile life cycles
  • Knowledge of Root Cause and Corrective Action tools
  • Active in scope Secret ClearanceAbility to obtain Program Access (PAR) PRIOR to starting

Basic Qualifications: Principle Software Quality Engineer

  • 5 years of experience with Software and/or Quality Assurance and a Bachelors in a STEM field (ideally Engineering;) or 3 years of experience with a Masters;
  • Able to read and understand Software Code (C++, C#, Python, Java)
  • Application of technical expertise including complete understanding of software assurance fundamental engineering principles, practices, and theories
  • Ability to understand and work with multiple enterprise-wide systems and software problem tracking tools (e.g. DOORs, Jira, Confluence, BitBucket.)
  • Experience with ISO and AS9100 standards requirements
  • Advanced experience in applying waterfall, spiral, and Agile life cycles
  • Knowledge of Root Cause and Corrective Action tools
  • Active in scope Secret ClearanceAbility to obtain Program Access (PAR) PRIOR to starting

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent writing communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt to new challenges and ideas
  • Exceptional customer responsiveness
  • Ability to follow established processes and procedures
  • Be detail oriented and self-driven
  • Ability to successfully work multiple concurrent tasks
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated and have a positive mindset
  • Capable of working on multiple levels of compliance requirements
  • Work well under pressure and adapt well to unplanned tasks
  • Ability and willingness to continuously learn and implement new processes
  • Dedicated to teamwork and be ability to work very well in a team environment


Salary Range: $64,600 USD - $97,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $79,700 USD - $119,500 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.