PLM Software Test Lead (Principal or Sr.Principal)

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS), a leader in software defined, hardware enabled systems for national defense applications, is developing a next-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system for Engineering and Manufacturing product and process data. This system will be the foundation of our digital transformation and the future of advanced Engineering and Manufacturing capabilities and automation within the company, including Model-Based Engineering and Additive Manufacturing.

As a member of the PLM Process and Architecture Team you will be participating in the development effort for the PLM system architecture in close collaboration with Enterprise Services/IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, and senior business leadership to deliver an integrated PLM system that meets cost, schedule, and quality requirements.

The Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software Test Lead will support the deployment of Teamcenter throughout Northrop Grumman Missions Systems as the PLM Solution. As a technical lead, the selected candidate will work collaboratively with development teams and key business representatives to enable the vision of the Northrop Grumman digital transformation and drive change implementation. The Software Test Lead will evaluate test automation suites, develop and maintain unit, system integration, regression, and user acceptance test methodologies, and facilitate testing with development teams and test engineers. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing automation scripts and reporting results to senior level management prior to solution deployment.

This position could be hired as a Principal or Sr. Principal level, based on the candidate's years of experience and education. The role can be performed at any of our NGMS locations such as Baltimore, MD, San Diego, CA, Rolling Meadows, IL, or Woodland Hills, CA based on successful candidate's ability and qualifications.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

• Evaluate, define, configure, and institute automated test tools, processes, and infrastructure to support Mission PLM development work.
• Oversee contractors assigned to stand up the test infrastructure.
• Execute testing across the entire PLM environment, including COTS software, configured COTS software, and full custom software including multiple integrations and middleware.
• Coordinate testing efforts, define time estimates for each test phase, and create test schedules.
• Author automated tests and test applications.
• Provide work direction to test engineers participating in system testing.
• Train test engineers and test participants on test suites and test.
• Work with business partners to solicit internal users as testing resources when required.
• Create the Mission PLM test strategy and develop test plans for a variety of test levels.
• Represent the testing group with senior level management.
• Provide testing status, generate reports, track metrics, and create post-release summaries.
• Design and generate high quality, cost effective test cases.
• Execute test cases using black box techniques and automated testing where applicable.
• Record and track defects.
• Manage the testing environment. Keep the virtual lab updated with test machines and hardware needed to support the testing effort.
• Evaluate software changes for impact on testing, ensuring that effort is made to minimize cost of change.
• Archive and organize test results and artifacts using configuration management tools.
• Keep current with advances in test practices and methodologies.

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Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications for Principal Level:

• 5 Years of technical experience with a Bachelors of Science or 3 Years of technical experience with a Masters degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or other related fields.
• Demonstrated knowledge of automated software testing suites and methodologies.
• Experience leading technical teams with diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to support testing needs of teams developing complex solutions in the Teamcenter environment.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Level:

• 9 Years of technical experience with a Bachelors of Science or 7 Years of technical experience with a Masters degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or other related fields.
• Demonstrated knowledge of automated software testing suites and methodologies.
• Experience leading technical teams with diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to support testing needs of teams developing complex solutions in the Teamcenter environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with complex Product Lifecycle Management Systems, especially Teamcenter applications related to Engineering and Manufacturing.
• Proficiency developing and deploying automated test suites.
• Experience with Agile development processes and tools.
• General understanding of the Software Lifecycle Process, end user support, and process documentation.
• Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
• Experience with Agile and SAFe methodology.

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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