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Principal Software Developer/ Sr. Principal Software Developer

Requisition ID: R10086310

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Stafford, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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
  • 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 prospective candidate will perform software development and maintenance using Java, C and scripting languages in Linux and Windows environments.  The successful candidate will assist with all or part of the following: requirements analysis, application design, code development, testing, code maintenance, software install and documentation.


In support of the GRASP project located in Stafford, VA.  Occasional travel CONUS/OCONUS may be required.  The candidate will work as part of a mixed team of Government and contractor personnel.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor's + 5 years of exp: Master's + 3 years of exp; PhD + 0 years of exp
  • Bachelor's + 9 years of exp; Master's + 7 years of exp; PhD + 4 years of exp
  • Demonstrated skills may be substituted for a formal degree.
  • Professional programming experience developing or maintaining software in Java, C or scripting languages such as bash, python or Csh.
  • Successful candidates must be well organized, a good communicator, and capable of multi-tasking and possess strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in Windows and RHEL environments.
  • TS/SCI clearance and willing to get a CI polygraph
  • Willing to complete Security+ certification within 3 months of hire.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Although not required, experience with the following technologies would be a plus: Java Swing; multi-threaded and distributed Java applications; Java Web application (e.g., Tomcat) servers or Java Applications servers (e.g. JBoss and/or Wildfly are highly desired); relational databases (JDBC, SQL, and MySQL); JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) experience (JDBC, JNI, JNDI, JMS, Servlet/JSP, EJB/JPA); Web service experience (e.g., RESTFul Web services)
  • Web (Brower based) GUI front end development (HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Angular)
  • Configuration Management experience working with software version control tools (Jira’s Bamboo, Stash, GIT, Subversion)
  • Linux and / or Windows system administration experience would be a plus

Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $129,700 USD - $194,500 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.