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Principal Embedded & Real Time Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10112691

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: San Diego, CA, USA   |  El Segundo, CA, USA  |  Redondo Beach, CA, USA +2 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Embedded & Real Time Software Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Software organization.  This role can be located in San Diego, Redondo Beach or El Segundo, CA.

In this role you will design, develop, integrate, and test software for our end-user customers and businesses.  Specifically, you will be responsible for the design, development, and administration of embedded and real time systems.  You will work with multi-disciplinary teams, such as with Systems Engineering, Test Automation, DevSecOps and Systems Test, in an Agile software development environment. 

Essential Functions:

  • Work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative team settings across all levels.
  • Participate in the full software development life cycle including requirements, design, implementation, qualification, and delivery of software products to our customers.
  • Operate in an embedded technology development environment working with real time operating systems for use in flight and mission critical systems.
  • Work in Agile Scrum teams to develop software products for multiple software baselines.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 5 years of related professional engineering experience; OR a Master’s degree in STEM with 3 years of related professional engineering experience, or a PhD in STEM with no experience.
  • Experience with the full Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Experience with at least two of the following programming or scripting languages: C, C++, and Python.
  • Experience with Agile software development, embedded system programming, software integration and testing.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) Secret clearance.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Object Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD).
  • Experience with developing software used for one of the following real-time applications: flight critical software, Safety critical software, medical software, or mission critical software.
  • Experience with two of the following tools: Jira, Crucible, Bitbucket, Subversion, Bamboo, Jenkins, SonarQube, Fortify, or Coverity.
  • Experience with one of the following real time operating systems: Wind River VxWorks, Green Hills Integrity, or Realtime Linux.
  • Experience with multiple serial bus data interfaces, including communicating and managing the health of external devices.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.
  • Basic understanding of PowerPC or ARM assembly.
  • Basic understanding of Device Drivers and their configuration.
  • Can identify moderate execution defects by only reading code.
  • Understanding of how their software component will fit into a larger software system/architecture.
  • Able to document, capture, and present software architectural components in modeling or diagramming tool.
  • Familiarity with OS partitions and isolation architectures.
  • Understanding of the Software Requirements process and their Verification and Validation.
  • High level understanding of architectural requirements for airworthiness certifications.
  • Strong understanding of layered software architectures (e.g., Application, System, I/O).
  • Strong understanding of the following concepts:
  • Software hardware interfaces and where they exist in the architecture.
  • Event driven (Interrupts), polling and synchronous software architectures.
  • Ability to collaborate with systems engineers, hardware designers and integration/test engineers to develop and maintain complex software systems.
  • Experience with leading a small size (1-5) technical team with technical decision making.
  • Active Secret DoD Clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret Clearance.

This position reports to San Diego, CA, USA, however, you are able to work from any of the additional 2 locations listed above.


Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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.