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Principal Engineer/Sr. Principal Engineer Software

Requisition ID: R10068749

  • 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: No
  • 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.

 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector is looking for you to join our team as a Principal Software Engineer/ Sr. Principal Software Engineer in Morrisville, NC or Fairfax, VA to support a new Ground system.

What You’ll get to Do: We are looking for an experienced Software Engineer familiar with Python who wants to work on an agile development team using a modern development practices.  You will be working on mostly new development for a micro-service event driven architecture using Docker Containers, Kubernetes, Helm charts and AWS services. You may also be required to perform maintenance and sustainment engineering for existing baselines which may require programming in C++/C. This role is for a Mid-level SW developer who will be responsible for application management subsystem (data routing, data formatting, real time control interfaces). Must be willing to support SE and I&T activities leading up to major design milestones.

This is a great opportunity for a flexible self-starter to work in a dynamic environment with real world technical content supporting a number of tools and systems. Plenty of opportunity for career advancement into leadership positions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Software Engineer: 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD.
  • Sr. Principal Software Engineer: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or other STEM related degree with 9 + years of software development experience; 7 years with a Master's; 0 years with a PhD; or 14 years of software development experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with Agile software development using Python and/or C++ software development in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment
  • Knowledge of object oriented design and software lifecycles
  • Experience with version control software
  • Candidate must have a current TS/SCI and be willing to take a poly

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with supporting operational systems
  • Experience with supporting distributed systems
  • Experience with working in Virtualized Environments (VMs, AWS Cloud Instances)
  • Experience with Atlassian tools (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket)
  • Experience working with AWS Services
  • Experience with Dockerization and Container Management (Dockers and Kubernetes)
  • Previous exposure to working with ground systems (scheduling, tasking, antennas, working with hardware interfaces)
  • Current Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI-Poly) completed within the last 5 years


Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $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 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.