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Principal Software Engineer: C++, Python (Top Secret) – Space / Satellite (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10089110

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Sector is seeking a Software Engineer to support Tactical Space Systems Division in their development, integration, deployment, and sustainment of satellite ground software. This position is located onsite on our Dulles, VA campus and requires a Top Secret/SCI clearance with SAP. After hours or extended work week may be required.

What You’ll Get to Do

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Full stack development at the OS, platform, and mission unique software layer
  • Developing client and server applications and services using service or object-oriented architectures, message bus-based data exchange that include first-of-a-kind capabilities
  • Applications will span languages and toolsets including C++, Python, Java, Postgres, Ansible, cloud infrastructure provisioning, PKI, and static code analysis execution and finding remediation
  • Developer will be expected to be a self-starter capable of making decisions with overall project budget and schedule in mind
  • Support Operations ground software and associated configurations.  This will involve troubleshooting both software errors and hardware affecting the operation of ground software
  • Support Acceptance Test events, including running tests
  • Test Automation
  • Configuration of ground segment software
  • Resolution and remediation of software defects
  • Software Enhancements as directed by customer change requests or mission needs
  • Ground software support during launch and launch rehearsal events
  • Support the installation of new ground segment software in operational, development and test environments

Basic Qualifications

Principal Engineer

  • 5+ Years of experience with Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or closely related discipline (or 3 Years with Master’s or PhD). Experience can be considered in lieu of degree
  • Linux experience
  • C++, Python
  • Bash Scripting
  • US citizenship with Top Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with MAESTRO ground software
  • Ansible
  • Agile
  • DevOps
  • Demonstrated experience in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation, and monitoring
  • Significant experience with designing, building, and deploying of software products
  • Experience in producing software architecture documentation

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

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


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.