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Principal / Test Engineer: Software Integration and Test Automation (Top Secret) – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10096018

  • 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: 3

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 Systems has multiple openings for Software Integration & Test Automation Engineers to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Software organization.  This role is located in Dulles, Virginia.

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 lab management, and modeling and simulation software development. You will work with multi-disciplinary teams, such as with Systems Engineering, Real-time & Embedded Software, Test Automation, DevSecOps and Systems Test, in an Agile software development environment.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Support program statement of work by applying fundamentals of software engineering to all phases of the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Coordinate and collaborate directly with software development and other engineering discipline teams to develop, write, document, and execute software requirement verification and integration, tests, including identifying and tracking issues through resolution
  • Support software integration with hardware components in systems integration labs and other integrated test environments
  • Participate in all aspects of the software development lifecycle activities and the Agile process for critical mission system software products
  • Work on an Agile scrum team to execute and automate infrastructure maintenance and user services
  • Utilize software development skills to design, code, and implement tests: unit, integration, regression
  • Perform detailed design, code, and testing of those requirements at the domain level as well as support of system and operational testing
  • Analyze software and system requirements allocated to computer software configuration items (CSCI)
  • Create, design, maintain and expand infrastructures to support automation
  • Support tool development to support streamlining of current processes and development of continuous test integration environment
  • Collaborate with the team in order to quickly develop innovative solutions to resolve challenging problems
  • Ensure that thorough, clear, and complete documentation is created and maintained to support current and future integration activities
  • Submit detailed problem reports for any anomalies identified during testing

This position can be filled at the Engineer or Principal Engineer level.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 2+ years Software Engineering experience or a Master’s degree.  Experience can be considered in lieu of degree
  • Some experience with at least one of the following programming languages: Python, C/C++, or C#
  • Some experience with Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD) and Object-oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux operating systems
  • US Citizen with current DoD Top Secret clearance and SCI eligibility

Principal Software

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; 3 years with a Masters; 0 years with a PhD. Experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Some experience with at least one of the following programming languages: Python, C/C++, or C#
  • Some experience with Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD) and Object-oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux operating systems
  • US Citizen with current DoD Top Secret clearance and SCI eligibility

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management
  • Experience in complete software development lifecycle
  • Experience in Agile Software methodologies – Scrum, Kanban, etc.
  • 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, RTCF, ATF
  • Cloud and container experience (e.g., troubleshooting Docker or Kubernetes deployed software)
  • Demonstrated advanced level understanding of application and embedded software integration procedures
  • Familiarity with software network interfaces
  • Experience with Atlassian tools such as Confluence and JIRA
  • Active, current Security+ certification
  • Experience with writing and using scripting languages to support software integration, debugging, and maintenance
  • DoD Top Secret clearance/SCI

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: $77,100 USD - $115,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $95,000 USD - $142,400 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.