Northrop Grumman iReturn Software Engineer in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector is seeking an Embedded Software Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Rolling Meadows, IL location.

The qualified applicant will join a cohort of employees re-entering the workforce after a career break of at least two years. This cohort will receive special on-boarding designed to provide an effective re-entry into the workforce. iReturn? provides experienced professionals with a 12-week "returnship" to prepare for a full-time career in one of several fields at Northrop Grumman through training, professional development and networking opportunities. Qualified applicants will join a cohort of employees returning to the workforce after a 2+ career break for this "returnship" program that focuses on giving you a seamless transition back into the workforce. This cohort program will run from September - December and prepare candidates for an effective re-entry into the workforce. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for full-time roles with the company.

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The selected candidate will be welcomed into a team aligned to support Embedded Software within the SWDT Engineering team.

The Software & Digital Technologies (SWDT) team at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a candidate to join a growing community of engineering professionals in the greater Chicago region at the Rolling Meadows, IL site. Our engineering community is composed of incredible people with different abilities, diverse thinking and varied backgrounds who find professional fulfillment solving sophisticated global security problems and supporting the development of new and emerging technologies.

The qualified applicant will support full life-cycle product development of Radio Frequency Electronic Warfare (RFEW), Infrared Counter Measures (IRCM) and Advanced Target & Surveillance (ATS) Systems. This includes RF countermeasures, IR countermeasures, airborne imaging and tracking, and various PC based applications. Applications include read-time control, target class/detect/tracking, data acquisition and analysis, signal processing, intelligence data cross-correlation, image processing, database management, and GUI development. The assignments possible within the role include requirements analysis and system architecture, coding, design and verification using state of the art tools and techniques and utilize the Agile development framework and Model Based Engineering.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field

  • 4+ years professional experience and a career break of at least two years.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to translate system performance and operational specifications into software requirements, design, and test specifications

  • Working knowledge in programming embedded software using: C and Object Oriented C+- Working knowledge in operating system concepts for embedded systems

  • Ability to test, debug and integrate on embedded systems

  • Working knowledge in using requirement management, configuration management and change management tools.

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.