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Sr. Principal Software Engineer – Software Architect

Requisition ID: R10060167

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Morrisville, North Carolina, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Senior Principal Software Engineer to support a Ground program in a software development lead capacity.  This position can be filled at any of our Morrisville, NC, Aurora, CO, Fairfax, VA, Linthicum, MD, or Redondo Beach, CA offices.

What you’ll get to do?

A new Ground program is on contract to deliver the ground segment for a restricted space program. This work will span command and control, mission planning and scheduling, mission processing, and system infrastructure. We have anticipated future growth to deliver additional ground capabilities.

As the Software Development Lead on this program, you will

  • Play a critical role in designing the software architecture for the Ground Segment to be implemented across multiple Independent Product Teams

  • Own, maintain, clearly communicate and enforce SW Development processes

  • Facilitate coordination across multiple SW teams

  • Support leadership meetings and program boards such as ERB, CCB and customer working group

  • Support creation and maintenance of the software roadmap/schedule of future development work

  • Lead SW responses to impact RFCs, ECPs and study efforts

  • Manage SW staffing and Interview SW developer candidates

  • Gather and Report SW development process metrics

Ultimately, you will support the program through maturity and milestones to achieve the mission, ensuring everything is synchronized across all software development activities.  

The successful candidate will have broad Software Engineering lifecycle knowledge, with the ability to digest changes and present them to the technical and management teams in concise briefings. Candidate is expected to operate independently with little oversight in a dynamic environment, to be highly self-motivated, and to coordinate software implementation across IPTs, and to communicate the software architecture to the customer. The individual is expected to handle diverse assignments with efficiency, finding unique solutions and working in a very collaborative and fast paced environment that continues to grow in size.

Basic Qualifications for Senior Principal Software Engineer:

  • 9 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 7 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 4 years of experience with a PhD
  • Working knowledge of software engineering principles and processes
  • Demonstrated experience quickly learning new concepts and approaches
  • Active DoD Top Secret/SCI and willing to submit to a polygraph

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI clearance with Poly
  • Familiarity with space vehicle ground segment design
  • Experience with Agile development
  • Effectively communicate and present to project and program management, other technical managers and customers
  • Familiarity and direct experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering languages (SysML/UML) and concepts
  • Excellent technical writing and team building skills

Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $188,600 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

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.

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.