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Principal Engineer Software/Sr. Principal Engineer Software

Requisition ID: R10111279

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Cavalier AFS, ND, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • 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

Northrop Grumman's Space Systems Sector organization is seeking applicants for a position on the Sustainment and Modification of Radars (SMORS) program. This position will work in an Agile environment and serve as a software engineer supporting the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS). This individual will join our team in Cavalier, ND.

The engineer selected to this position will:

  • Develop in C++ and Java
  • Develop code for a live mission system that is a critical contributor to our nation’s security, and that of our allies.
  • Have experience applying Agile principles.
  • Have an understanding of Scaled Agile Framework.
  • Have experience working on an Agile team.
  • Provide support to the PARCS DevOps Environment.
  • Participate in software implementation to include static code analysis, unit-level testing and documentation.
  • Perform/support rapid software defect root cause analysis and solution development.
  • Position may require up to 25% travel.

Position Summary / Responsibilities
Designs, develops, documents, tests and debugs applications software and systems that contain logical and mathematical solutions. Conducts multidisciplinary research and collaborates with equipment designers and/or hardware engineers in the planning, design, development, and utilization of electronic data processing systems for product and commercial software. Determines computer user needs; analyzes system capabilities to resolve problems on program intent, output requirements, input data acquisition, programming techniques and controls; prepares operating instructions; designs and develops compilers and assemblers, utility programs, and operating systems. Ensures software standards are met.

This requisition may be filled at either a level 3 or a level 4, depending on the candidate’s experience as laid out in the basic qualifications detailed below as well as the interview assessment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • LEVEL 3: 5 Years with Bachelors ; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD; 9+ years may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • LEVEL 4: 9 Years with Bachelors ; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD; 13+ years may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Must have Active DoD Secret security clearance to be considered (Position requires U.S. Citizenship)
  • Experience developing real-time Object-Oriented Software architectures, with C++ or/or Java, preferable to have experience with both.
  • Experience with full Agile lifecycle experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in STEM discipline
  • Able to deliver successful results based on general objectives with minimal guidance.
  • Experience with software defect root cause analysis and solution development.
  • Familiarity with Missile Defense, Missile Warning and Space Situational Awareness missions.
  • Familiarity with Phased Array Radar technology.
  • Experience utilizing model based systems engineering and software design methodologies (SYSML/UML).
  • Familiarity with Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) technology and programs.
  • Familiarity with the PARCS Mission Data Processor.
  • Experience in the use of Atlassian tools.
  • Experience interacting with Government Stakeholders.
  • Certification using Agile development methodologies, preferably Scaled Agile Framework.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, RedHat Linux, and Solaris operating systems.
  • Experience developing network based applications in a pub/sub or messaging environment.
  • Experience with Real Time Operating systems.
  • Experience with Emulation/Virtualization technologies.
  • Experience with Configuration Management and the ability to create install packages and deployment techniques.
  • Experience with applied automated testing techniques including unit and integration testing.
  • Strong ability to debug and trace existing baseline for system troubleshooting and impact analysis.
  • Understanding of standard software development lifecycle and supporting technical stack.
  • Able to work in a group environment.
  • Ability to efficiently and independently multi-task in an extremely demanding and deadline-driven environment.
  • Strong organization skills and an ability to prioritize assigned work in order to meet deadlines.
  • Must be detail-oriented with good written and verbal communication skills.

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

Salary Range: $85,600 USD - $128,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $106,200 USD - $159,200 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.