Sr. / Principal Software Engineer (Top Secret) – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA or Colorado Springs, CO), Dulles, VA

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Dulles, VA

Requisition ID: R10084411
Category: Engineering
Location: Dulles, VA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Top Secret
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: Days (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
Positions 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 Tactical Space Systems is seeking multiple Software Engineers to support Tactical Space Systems Division in their development and deployment of satellite ground software to customer resources while implementing Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines in an agile environment. The location for this role will be in Dulles, VA or Colorado Springs, CO.  This work will primarily occur in a SCIF environment so onsite work is required.

To be successful in this role, you should enjoy learning and learn quickly, be motivated by the opportunity to solve hard problems with challenging boundary conditions, work well with a motivated and mission-focused team, enjoy working with both speed and accuracy, and take great pride in your work and the work of the team(s).  You should have demonstrated experience in technical problem solving, to include decomposition, root cause analysis, solution development, implementation, and monitoring. Software Engineers will be a critical member of one or more Agile Scrum Teams. After hours or extended work week hours may be required.

What You’ll Have an Opportunity to:

Produce applications that span languages and toolsets including Python, Postgres, Ansible, cloud infrastructure provisioning, PKI, and static code analysis
Locate and remediate problems in code, testing, and deployment
Take program software to the next level by using automation frameworks
Learn cutting edge technologies that take full advantage of a cloud environment
Use tools like Jenkins and Ansible to set up automation steps that fast-track code from development, testing, and deployment
Be a part of the enabling technology at Northrop Grumman that puts satellites and spacecraft into space that catapults the Space Protection Mission to the forefront of capability and effectiveness

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

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Software Engineer:

Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related discipline plus 5 years of development experience (3 years with a master’s degree, 0 years with a PhD). Experience can be considered in lieu of degree
Experience with the design, build, and deployment of software products
Experience in producing software architecture documentation
US Citizenship with an active Top Secret clearance

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Software Engineer:

Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related discipline plus 9 years of development experience (7 years with a master’s degree, 4 years with a PhD). Experience can be considered in lieu of degree
Demonstrated expertise with the design, build, and deployment of software products
Experience in producing software architecture documentation
Clear understanding of secure coding practices and quality orientation
US Citizenship with an active Top Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications for All Levels:

Familiarity with Agile framework or Scaled Agile Framework
Familiarity with DevOps practices and how it compliments Agile software development
Experience working with Python preferably on Linux operating systems
Experience working with tools like Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, PostgreSQL, SonarQube
Familiarity with Cloud Infrastructure provisioning

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 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: $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.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

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