Principal Engineer Software / Sr. Principal Engineer Software

    • Newark, DE

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking a Principal Software Engineer / Sr. Principal Software Engineer for our Elkton, Maryland or San Jose, California locations.

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 Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers. The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA.


Job Description:
Northrop Grumman is seeking a Principal Software Engineer to develop software and embedded systems and National Instruments / Labview test environments. Based on specifications and goal - oriented objectives, design, develop, create and modify control algorithms and test environments, and verify compliance to system level requirements. Coordinates with members of multi - functional teams to develop innovative solutions for production test systems, ground support equipment and flight hardware.

Qualifications:

This position can be filled at either the Principal Software Engineer or Sr. Principal Software Engineer level, depending on years of experience and qualifications.



Basic Qualifications Principal Software Engineer:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Software development, Mechanical Engineering (with a controls specialization), Electrical Engineering (with a controls specialization), or Controls Engineering (or similar degree / experience) from an accredited college with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience; or 3 years professional experience with a related Master's degree or PhD in Engineering & 0 years .
  • Strong skillsets in programming in C / C++.
  • Strong experience with National Instruments Labview data acquisition systems and programming.
  • Experience developing real time control systems for measurement and test in the Labview environment.
  • Defines development test plans and methods to ensure a robust design is achieved and validates the design against customer, internal and regulatory / government requirements.
  • Has strong analytical skills and the ability organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks.
  • Is able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Comfortable in a fast paced, rapidly changing, short turn-around environment.
  • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively to cross-functional team members. Has strong writing skills and is proficient at documenting design and analysis reports as well as test reports.
  • Position may require occasional travel to meet with various customers, in both government and industry, and to interface with suppliers.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.


Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Software Engineer:
  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Software development, Mechanical Engineering (with a controls specialization), Electrical Engineering (with a controls specialization), or Controls Engineering (or similar degree / experience) from an accredited college with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience; or 7 years professional experience with a related Master's degree or PhD in Engineering & 4 years .
  • Strong skillsets in programming in C / C++.
  • Strong experience with National Instruments Labview data acquisition systems and programming.
  • Experience developing real time control systems for measurement and test in the Labview environment.
  • Defines development test plans and methods to ensure a robust design is achieved and validates the design against customer, internal and regulatory / government requirements.
  • Has strong analytical skills and the ability organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks.
  • Is able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Comfortable in a fast paced, rapidly changing, short turn-around environment.
  • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively to cross-functional team members. Has strong writing skills and is proficient at documenting design and analysis reports as well as test reports.
  • Position may require occasional travel to meet with various customers, in both government and industry, and to interface with suppliers.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.

Preferred Skills:
  • Applies research to the planning, design, development and testing of control laws and control systems for use in space and military applications. Is able to develop design solutions to meet difficult performance requirements.
  • Develops detailed specifications from high level design goals and performs analysis of the hardware, system environment and design goals to enable selection and implementation of the desired system topology.
  • Presents assigned work at program technical reviews, proposals, or other technical meetings.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills to work effectively within a development team to understand system level interdependencies and design constraints.
  • Experience with the use of various FPGAs and the development of HDL code within the corresponding IDE.
  • Experience working in a cross functional environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering, test engineering, production engineering, etc.) to translate customer requirements and functional block diagrams into realized control models. Review and update control system requirements to meet system level performance objectives. Conduct trade studies and identify and present alternate design options.

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location. Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor

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.

A leading global security company, Northrop Grumman provides innovative products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber security, and complex logistics to government and commercial clients.

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