Principal Engineer Software and Algorithm DeveloperAurora, CO

Requisition ID: R10158253

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions 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 Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector is looking for you to join our team as a Principal Software Engineer and Algorithm Developer based out of Aurora, CO.

What You’ll get to Do: We are looking for a Software Engineer experienced in Java (as your primary and most skilled in Object-Orientated programming language) who wants to work in a highly mathematical mission domain and code base in the area of National Security. The ideal candidate has a strong academic and professional background in computer science and mathematics. Prior experience in software development and algorithm development demonstrating application of mathematics (defined as undergraduate-level calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and statistics) is a must. This opening is for a specific program.

However, long-term wise our Aurora campus has numerous programs in all phases on the development and operational lifecycle, from smaller single scrum team efforts to larger multi-team efforts, some that leverage remote teams from other Northrop Grumman sites. Many of our programs are using a micro-service event driven architecture using Docker Containers, Kubernetes, Helm charts and AWS services. Programs also in Operations have maintenance and sustainment engineering needs on existing deployed baselines which may require troubleshooting and programming in C++/C. Many programs have a mixture of other languages in use such as Python or JavaScript. Needs exist for front-end developers, back-end developers, and full-stack developers. We are flexible and career growth focused permitting staff to either deepen skills on one program, or seek other internal opportunities over time to broaden skills, experiences, and mission exposure.

About our organization: As a Principal Software Engineer, you'll be joining our growing Aurora Software and Digital Engineering department which has 200+ Software Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Systems Administrator, Database Administrator, and Network Engineer peers from entry-level to the most senior chief engineers and architects. Principal Software Engineers frequently get into informal (example: Subject Matter Expert) and formal technical leadership roles within their programs, as applicable and per interest. We have plenty of opportunity for career advancement into higher level technical roles or leadership positions. Our Software Department is part of a larger organization that includes Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test staff as well as a Hardware Engineering unit. This larger organization influences cross-program collaboration, professional development and training, as well as engagement and inclusion activities such as lunch-n-learns, campus events, and leadership mixers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and/or Math with 5+ years of software development experience; 3+ years with a Master's: An additional 4 years of relative experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Experience developing in mathematical code bases or in algorithm development

  • Experience as a back-end developer

  • Experience developing on teams using Agile methodology, process, and tools

  • Experience designing, developing, and troubleshooting in Java

  • Experience using object oriented design

  • Experience using version control software

  • Current Top Secret security clearance required to apply

  • Ability to obtain a SCI clearance (required to start)

  • Ability to obtain a Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI-Poly) (not required to start - candidate will be submitted for CI Poly after start)

Offers are contingent upon receiving the Top Secret (TS) / SCI clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

It is preferred that a given candidate has some of the preferred qualifications below. No expectation of all.

  • Experience designing, developing, and troubleshooting in C++, C, Python, and/or JavaScript

  • Experience designing, developing, and troubleshooting in virtualized environments (VMs, AWS Cloud Instances)

  • Experience with software development on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

  • Experience with Dockerization and Container Management (Dockers and Kubernetes)

  • Experience with Atlassian tools (Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket

  • Experience with AWS Service

  • Experience with software system integration, testing, and deployment, including but not limited to automation

  • Experience with DevOps and/or Site Reliability Engineering

  • Current Top Secret/SCI security clearance

  • Current Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI-Poly) completed within the last 5 years

Salary Range: $102,400 - $153,600

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.