Lead Software Test EngineerCheltenham, GBR

Requisition ID: R10159265

  • Category: Information Technology

  • Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  • Clearance Type: Highest Level of Government Clearance

  • Telecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 2

Job description template

Job title: Lead Test Engineer

Requisition ID: [X]

Location: [Cheltenham

Citizenship required: Yes

Clearance type: DV

Hybrid / on site

Travel required: Infrequently

Relocation Assistance: Maybe

Positions available: 2

Hours: Fulltime

Salary: £54,000 - £81,000

Define Possible at Northrop Grumman UK

At Northrop Grumman UK, our mission is to solve the most complex challenges by shaping the technology and solutions of tomorrow. We call it Defining Possible.

This mind-set goes beyond our customer solutions; it’s the foundation for your career development and the impact we have within the community. So, what’s your possible?


This is more than just a job; it’s a mission.

As a Lead Test Engineer, you play a pivotal role in ensuring the quality of the applications we create. You will be self-driven and organised and will have the chance to work on a variety of exciting projects with complex challenges within a unique space. You will be at the forefront of delivering core solutions that have real world impact. Test is changing and we understand that everyone has their strengths so whether you lean more into core Test Automation and QA (Cypress, Selenium, Robot etc.) or Test Infrastructure (Kubernetes, Docker etc.) we would like to hear from you.

For C&I jobs, use: Our UK Defence business is a Sovereign software and systems centre of excellence. As well as developing and supporting UK wide and internationally deployed multi-domain command and control systems, our work is critical to the modern backbone of the Royal Navy. We pioneer – with fierce curiosity, dedication, and innovation, we seek to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

“My purpose is to lead a team of engineers, rise to the challenges presented, push the boundaries and define possible together.”– Chris Rayner, Engineering Authority at Northrop Grumman UK.


  • Design & develop robust and scalable test frameworks using modern technologies and best practices.

  • Get involved in the entire software development life cycle from requirements gathering to design, implementation, test and deployment.

  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams including product, development & UX.

  • Mentor and guide junior engineers contributing to the overall team’s growth.


We can offer you a range of flexible, hybrid and remote working options to suit you, including optional compressed working schedule with every other Friday off. Our benefits including private health care, career development opportunities and performance bonuses. For a comprehensive list of benefits, speak to our recruitment team.

We are looking for:

  • Experience as a QA/Test Engineer with a strong focus on automated tooling (Cypress, Selenium, Robot, Cucumber, Molecule, JMeter).

  • Familiarity with CICD, containerisation, deployment technologies & cloud platforms (Jenkins, Kubernetes, Docker, AWS, Terraform, Ansible).

  • Excellent communication, collaboration & problem solving skills, ideally with some experience in agile ways of working.

Security clearance:

Due to the nature of our projects, you must be British for this clearance type.

For this role you must already hold highest level of UK Government security clearance / relevant UK Government security clearance in line with the job role. Our requirement team is on hand to answer any questions and we will guide you through the process: .

Why join us?

  • A mission to believe in Every day we contribute to building a more secure and connected world, expanding our reach from land, sea, and air to space and cyberspace. From engineering data and intelligence solutions, to developing maritime navigation and control systems and innovating command and control systems for the UK and NATO, what we do together matters.

  • A place to belong and thrive Every voice matters at our table meaning you can bring your authentic self to work. From our Employee Resource Groups backed by thousands of employees, to sponsoring Cheltenham Pride and our partnerships with Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers, Forces Transition Group, Mind, and Women in Defence – we are passionate about growing and supporting our inclusive community where everyone can belong.

  • Your career, your way - Shape your career journey with diverse roles, mentorship, and development opportunities that fuel your curiosity, channel your expertise and nurture your passion. Looking for flexibility? Balance your professional career with your personal life, health and wellbeing benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development. Speak to our team to find the balance that’s right for you.

Ready to apply?

Yes – Submit your application online. Your application will be reviewed by our team and we will be in touch.

Possibly, I’d like to find out more about this role – Reach out to our team for more information and support: .

No, I don’t think this role is right for me – Our extensive UK growth means we have exciting, new opportunities opening all the time. Speak to our team to discuss your career goals.



Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and encourages individuals from all backgrounds and all abilities to apply and consider becoming a part of our diverse and inclusive workforce.