Sr. Principal Software Engineer: Ground Software Lead (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA) Dulles, VA

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.

We have an opening for a Software Engineer Lead to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.

The Tactical Space Systems Division 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!

Description :

The Ground Software Lead will be responsible for providing technical and operational support to multiple program software development scrum teams, the Ground Segment Simulation Environment Team, as well as the Release Management Team/Software Quality Assurance Team. You will have responsibility for program activities related to software development, simulation, testing, software quality, configuration management, and delivery of related technical requirements as it relates to contractual cost, schedule, and performance commitments. The position requires a high degree of collaboration skills with the ability to provide insight into the status of multiple efforts at various levels of leadership within Northrop Grumman and with customer(s).

Responsibilities :

  • Provide overall leadership and direction to the sub leaders and team members (15-20). Includes coaching team members, resolving conflict, and optimizing team level performance

  • Coordinate/interface across program to define, develop and test the Ground Software

  • Measure and report program performance through development and adherence to budget baselines utilizing Earned Value Management (EVM)

  • Development and adherence to master plans and schedules

  • Integrated program demand planning (staffing, clearances, etc.)

  • Manage risk, issues, and opportunity processes. Identify potential risks and opportunities that could impact program performance and take proactive action to resolve issues regarding cost and schedule

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including customer counterparts

  • Communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings at technical and program reviews and boards

  • Deliver presentations to customers, executive management, and other program stakeholders

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of Ground system processes and procedures

You will work in a dynamic team environment, ensuring personnel follow well-defined processes. You must have the ability to complete tasks with minimal direction and oversight, and mentor junior engineers. To be successful, you must have excellent leadership and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.

Basic Qualifications :

Sr. Principal Engineer

  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance with prior SCI/SCI eligibility

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 9 years of relevant work experience; Master's Degree in STEM with 7 years of relevant work experience; PhD in STEM with 4 years of relevant work experience; experience can be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Experience leading a team of software/quality engineers in software development deliverables and processes

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience working with internal and external customers

  • Previous software experience in a Python/C++/Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment

  • Experience with ground software design, code, and configuration management

  • 5+ years of previous management experience as a Technical Lead is a plus

  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skills

  • Cost Account Management experience

  • Subcontract management experience

  • Understanding of DevOps ideas and principals

  • Agile SW development methodology

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $129,700 - $194,500

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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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