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Northrop Grumman Principal / Sr. Principal Software Automation Test Engineer (Top Secret or Higher) in Chantilly, Virginia

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Do you enjoy learning about new technologies and how they can be used to provide cutting edge services to our customers? Are you a test engineer who focuses on quality, takes pride in finding defects, and understands the importance of delivering defect-free applications? Do you have a knack for building automation into your testing process to streamline the test cycle? Are you someone who embraces and encourages agile software development? If so, then join Northrop Grumman as a Senior Software Test Engineer.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an experienced Principal or Sr. Principal Software Automation Test Engineer to become a contributing member of a team engaged in critical software development team for the Intelligence Community. This is a challenging hands-on technical opportunity for a Test Engineer to join a high performing team of professionals developing and testing leading-edge software systems including mobile applications and wireless technologies. We are looking for a Test Engineer who has a background of working closely with other members of a technical development team. The Test Engineer should be familiar with software development life cycle processes and with various software testing methods. This position will be located in Chantilly, VA.

What you'll be doing in this position:

  • Work as a member of an agile software development test team in a dynamic, fast-paced environment learning new tools and processes

  • Test new software applications in various environments (e.g., Windows, Linux, Android) and verify software integration with wireless services and custom hardware technologies

  • Validate software requirements through functional, usability, performance, security, compatibility, ad-hoc, internationalization and regression tests

  • Develop, maintain and execute test plans and procedures for software systems

  • Participate in cross-functional team meetings, decision-making and technical discussion

  • Review user stories, backlog items, analyze testability of requirements and provide feedback

  • Apply analytical and problem solving skills to clarify user stories and determine appropriate testing scenarios to validate the iterative development of products against functional and technical specifications

  • Identify and track software defects during sprint cycles

  • Timely identification of issues and effectively communicate impact to software developers, project managers, and appropriate parties to facilitate issue resolutions

  • Demonstrate software capabilities at the completion of sprints to key stakeholders to ensure solutions meet customer requirements

  • Work closely with development teams to define new product functionality

  • Conduct test case reviews and ensure all test activities are properly executed and documented according to our client's standards

  • Configure hardware and software test equipment

  • Troubleshoot and isolate system failures

  • Clearly identify and document defects, and collaborate with the development team to prioritize bugs until resolution

  • Articulate open issues and risks in a timely manner to management and make recommendations

This position maybe filled at a level 3 or 4 aligned with the Basic Qualifications shown below.


What qualifications you'll need to have:

  • An active Top Secret clearance or higher is required.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI and Polygraph clearance is required.

  • Level 3: Bachelors in Science and 5 years of experience. Or, Masters with 3 years of experience, or 0 years with PhD. An additional 4 years of relevant experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

  • Level 4: Bachelors in Science and 9 years of experience. Or, Masters with 7 years of experience, or 4 years with PhD. An additional 4 years of relevant experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

  • Experience with test automation to include design, development and debugging of tests

  • Experience with various aspects of software and/or hardware testing

  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and self-manage multiple project tasks

  • Proficiency with computer hardware and software systems

  • Experience translating requirements and user stories into functional test plans

  • Ability to troubleshoot and isolate software/systems failures

Our preferred qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph Clearance

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to write well-articulated test plans and facilitate product demonstrations

  • Development Test experience working with integrated product teams

  • Experience with SmartBear TestComplete

  • Experience with testing mobile applications on Android devices

  • Experience with agile management software, such as Team Foundation Server (TFS)

  • Experience with installing virtual machines and familiarity with Agile Scrum methodologies

  • Familiarity with computer security measures and proficiency with UNIX command lines

  • Self-starter with the ability to pick up and learn new products with little supervision, as well as provide leadership on assigned projects

  • Ability to provide testing best practices to other team members

  • Experience with providing test estimation to management and project teams

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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