Principal Engineer Software - Software Integration and Test AutomationSan Diego, CA

Requisition ID: R10162017

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: San Diego, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time

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.

This position description does not represent a current opening but may be used to identify candidates with skills and experience for positions within Northrop Grumman that frequently become available. Candidates who express an interest may be considered for future positions at Northrop Grumman.

If you want to put your talent, experience, and passions to use and be part of something greater, you are in the right place.

Join the team to develop the next generation of software for the next generation of platforms. Support development and integration of the latest technologies - AI/ML, Quantum computing, cloud, and digital design – to impact future generation aircraft. Become part of the team that will give our war fighters the advantage over our adversaries. Bring your bold new ideas, and pioneering spirit to our team to invent the future and have some fun along the way.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Software Integration and Test Automation Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Software organization onsite in San Diego, California, where we define possible.


Candidates will work on software supporting various space, aircraft, and ground systems in all phases of the software development lifecycle including design, development and test. You will work on significantly diverse assignments in a collaborative/team setting across all levels.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform software integration of multiple software components into a single system on the host environment.

  • Work in development, lab, and operational environments. Understand the differences between them insuring integration and testing of a components in complex system is happening are in the appropriate environment.

  • Perform integration and troubleshooting of software components across multiple networks interfacing with customer SMEs. Ensure that through documentation is created and maintained to allow others to integrate in the future.

  • Facilitate collaboration with software developers, system engineers, hardware engineers, and integration/test engineers to diagnose and identify the root cause of problems found during software installation, integration, acceptance test, and operational events.

  • Using in depth knowledge of the system directs development of workable interim solutions to provide a capable system while software or hardware changes are being implemented allowing testing and operational events to proceed.

  • Develop and execute software installation, integration, and acceptance test procedures.

  • Utilize familiarity of the full development life-cycle processes that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. You will use leadership characteristics in coordinating with multiple teams and managing tasks.

  • Develop clear and concise detailed quality technical documentation.

  • Submit detailed problem reports for errors found.

  • Availability to support travel 25%.


The individual we seek will be self-motivated, proactive, goal-oriented to help us grow our services, become even better at what we do and will possess the following qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of related engineering experience, or a Master's in STEM with 3 years of related engineering experience, or a PhD in STEM with 0 years of related engineering experience.

  • Experience in integration and testing of software and hardware component in unix and windows environments.

  • Must have experience with formal software life cycle development methodologies, requirements through test.

  • Ability to lead installation, integration and acceptance testing.

  • An active in-scope DoD Top Secret clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain program access.

  • Candidate must be able to obtain a Security+ certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management. Ability to brief technical presentations to stakeholders.

  • Familiarity with software network interfaces.

  • Experience in automation of installation, configuration and test.

  • Experience in Agile methodologies. Agile Systems Engineering Experience.

  • Demonstrated communication and technical writing skills.

  • Experience with Confluence and JIRA.

  • Security+ certification

  • Experience with scripting languages (developing, debugging and maintaining).

Thrive with Us

At Northrop Grumman we are invested in the growth and well-being off all our employees. We offer flexible work arrangements, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment.

Our Total Rewards Program offers a comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

We have a new Academy which is a onboarding and professional development / employee engagement tool we’ve designed to support employees and their teams. A newsletter is sent out each month to keep the division apprised of upcoming events. There are three areas of focus: Mission Education, Leadership Excellence , and Program Orientation.

We have Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

If you are ready to join us in defining possible, apply now.

Salary Range: $107,300 - $160,900

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.