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Sr Principal Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10112399

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA   |  Bellevue, NE, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Interim Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

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, and 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.


With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today. #definingpossible

The DARC Program is currently seeking a Senior Principal Software Engineer to join our team.  The qualified candidate will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Space Surveillance & Environmental Intelligence Division within the Space Sector. 

As a Software Engineer you will be Designing, developing, documenting, testing, and debugging software applications and systems that contain logical and mathematical solutions for radar systems.


  • Software Model Based Design using Cameo, Rational, or similar product.
  • Write scripts (bash) to move data between components and will often have to debug a disconnected system (data cannot be moved off).
  • Write parsers to translate binary data into standard formats.
  • Develop code and logic to send/receive JMS messages to start/stop processors execution.
  • Debug and troubleshoot at a system level.
  • Perform analysis on systems to determine bottlenecks and latency issues.
  • Quickly prototype potential solutions by coding logic in C/C++.

Basic Qualifications Senior Principal Software Engineer:

  • 9 Years of related experience with a bachelor’s degree; 7 Years of related experience with a Master’s; 4 Years of related experience with a PhD;
  • Must have Active/Current or Interim Secret clearance or or higher to be considered** (Ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret Clearance)
  • Directing the design, implementation, and verification of real-time embedded software.
  • Linux and C/C++ programming experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with direct control of hardware devices and registers.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex software development or integration issues using innovative solutions.
  • Experience with project management utilizing the Scrum techniques of the Agile software development process.
  • Knowledge of Radar Systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM
  • Java, Metlab experience
  • Experience with Radar Signal Processing Experience
  • Parallel Programming background
  • Demonstrated experience in MBSE
  • Experience with Agile development and continuous integration and test
  • Demonstrated ability to implement process improvements, streamline activities, and develop efficiencies
  • Previous in-depth domain knowledge of program software design and code
  • Proficiency with DevOps technologies including Jenkins, Fortify, Ansible, Atlassian suite

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
  • 401k
  • Educational Assistance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health & Wellness Resources
  • Employee Discounts

This position reports to Colorado Springs, CO, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Bellevue, NE, NE, USA.

Salary Range: $112,000 USD - $176,900 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.