Principal Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10024617

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Warner Robins - GA, 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: 2

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 Defense Systems is looking for an energetic, self-directed, and focused Principal Software Engineer to join our Test Solutions team located in Warner Robins, GA. The Test Solutions team consists of Systems, Hardware, Software, and Test Engineering professionals working as a team to rapidly develop emerging technologies while performing modern upgrades to legacy Test Solutions.

What you’ll get to do:

The selected candidate will get the opportunity to work Research and Development (R&D) programs with an experienced and energetic team to rapidly develop and deploy various test solutions. This candidate will develop, integrate, test, and deliver test solutions to both internal and external customers for testing various avionics, radar and electronic warfare programs. The candidate will have the opportunity to take ownership of difficult problems and drive to a solution while working in a supportive team environment. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to accelerate their understanding of hardware and software integration in the context of an overall systems view. 

Your responsibilities also include:

  • Develop software using software engineering best practices and standards

  • Participate in the full life cycle of software development, to include requirements development, application development, modular testing, integration, formal system testing, release, installation, and upgrades

  • Apply technical expertise in solving complex integration problems  

  • Interact frequently with Program Management, external suppliers and/or government customers

Basic Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering from an accredited university with at least 5-years of systems or software engineering experience OR a master’s degree in one of the above listed majors with at least 3-years of systems or software engineering experience OR a PhD in one of the above listed majors

  • Experience developing software in C/C++

  • Must currently hold or be able to obtain and maintain a U.S Department of Defense (DoD) Secret level security clearance within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs

  • Must have excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in C/C++ object-oriented programming within a Windows environment

  • Experience developing custom displays and user interfaces

  • Familiarity with Rapid Application Development (RAD) development environments (QT, .NET, C++ Builder)

  • Familiarity with software configuration management tools (JIRA, Bitbucket, etc.)

  • Familiarity with LABVIEW, TestStand, and/or Python

  • Familiarity with Software integration and test techniques

  • Familiarity with integration of avionics interfaces (Ethernet, Fiber Channel, Firewire, MIL-STD-1553B, ARINC-429, etc.)


Salary Range: 87600 - 131400

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.

Did you know?

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.