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Principal Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10112405

  • 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 is currently seeking Software Integration and Test Developer.  In this role you will support all aspects of the of the software engineering lifecycle, with particular focus on automated software testing, hardware/software integration, systems administration, and modelling and simulation software development. You will work with multi-disciplinary teams, such as with Systems Engineering, Test Automation, DevSecOps and Systems Test, in an agile software development environment. The ideal candidate would be someone with a strong integration engineering experience, and inclination towards solution architecture. Your primary responsibly will be developing and coding unit test cases.  You will be working in tandem with the Software Integration Test Lead.  


  • Deploys and tests the system manually to make sure that the automated tests are doing a good enough job.
  • Work with the teams to integrate new features.
  • Be the lead of the integration team (members taken from the scrum teams)
  • Understand and demonstrate system use cases using the deployed software
  • Know and maintain configuration of our operational system.
  • Monitor resource usage on real and virtual computers
  • Drive discussions to upgrade computing resources for the operational system, whether real or virtual
  • Identify opportunities for additional test automation and champion their implementation
  • Monitor and improve deployment procedures. These should be automated and bulletproof but getting to that point will take some time and effort
  • POC for test team to validate bug reports
  • Provide training and support for user community (testers and tech writers)

Basic Qualifications Principal Software Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree with 5 years of related experience, or a Master’s degree with 3 years of related experience; an additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Must have Active/Current or Interim Secret clearance or higher to be considered** (Ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret Clearance)
  • Experience troubleshooting and resolving complex HW/SW integration problems
  • Experience providing test services and process compliance initiatives
  • Experience in software development deliverables and processes
  • Knowledge of embedded systems design and implementation
  • Familiar with Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Continuous Integration Tools: Familiar with one of the following (Jenkins, Bamboo, GitLab CI, etc.)
  • Code Coverage Tools: Familiar with one of the following (SonarCube, Clover, Junit, etc.)
  • Experience in Agile Software methodologies – Scrum or Kanban
  • Knowledge of Radar Systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM
  • Java experience
  • Experience with Radar communications
  • Integration experience
  • 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
  • Experience in complete software development lifecycle
  • Experience with software development in real-time embedded systems for military applications
  • Experience in using integrated development environment tools (e.g., Rhapsody) and real-time operating systems (e.g., Integrity)
  • Demonstrated understanding of application and embedded software integration procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with software test automation at multiple requirement levels
  • Demonstrated experience with at least one of the following automated test frameworks: Cucumber, Google Test, TestComplete, AQT, Atlas, EggPlant, Unit Test Factory, RTC, ATF
  • Cloud and container experience (e.g., installing and troubleshooting Docker or Kubernetes deployed software)
  • Demonstrated advanced level understanding of application and embedded software integration procedures
  • Experience with VMWare infrastructure

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: $90,400 USD - $142,700 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.