Sr. Principal Software Quality Engineer

Requisition ID: R10011178

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows - IL, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking 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 Mission Systems Sector is seeking a Software Quality Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Rolling Meadows, IL.

We are looking for a high-caliber individual with a background in software development, software systems engineering, software quality assurance and process improvement to join the Quality & Mission Excellence organization.

The candidate selected will monitor and improve mission/quality assurance system elements that assure program execution and customer satisfaction. The Software Quality Engineer will support one or more programs and lead process improvement projects.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The Software Quality Engineer will ensure compliance with all Quality related contractual requirements, and sector/division policies and procedures, while contributing to the program’s effective process implementation.

Tasks will include:

  • Independently assessing and conducting process and product audits.
  • Assuring the quality of system and software engineering and test verification activities.
  • Reviews requirements, design, code, test procedures, supports test events and performs verification and validation.
  • Reviews include applicable specifications, tools, techniques, and methodologies.
  • Performs or directs verification of software requirement allocations, traceability, and testability.
  • Participate in technical reviews, including risk reviews, and engineering checkpoint reviews.
  • Ensures that project and process control documentation are compliant with requirements, objectives and/or contract.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of software mission assurance principles, the discipline to enforce them, and will possess strong communication skills and the ability to work closely and effectively with program personnel.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related STEM field.
  • 9+ Years of related experience in supporting systems analysis, systems integration, software analysis, software development, software test processes, or program management with Bachelors in Science OR 7+ Years with Masters OR 4+ Years with PhD
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and self-motivation
  • Ability to obtain a D.O.D. Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in embedded software development
  • Software development management or project management experience
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification
  • Working understanding of the specific CMMI and AS9100 Standards impacting program performance.
  • Experience in Agile development
  • An active D.O.D. Secret clearance


Salary Range: 108900 - 163300

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.