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Northrop Grumman Principal / Senior Principal Software Safety Engineer in Woodland Hills, California

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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization 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!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Principal / Senior Principal Embedded Software Safety Engineer based out of Woodland Hills, CA. The selected candidate will join a diverse and talented Software Engineering team in the architecting, design, implementation, and integration of safety critical software applications for our advanced Avionics and Navigation systems. If you are selected to join our team, you will have the opportunity to work with software engineers using state-of-the-art Model Based Engineering (MBE) development tools and processes to develop safety critical products for advanced aircraft and navigation systems applications.

The individual being sought is someone that has extensive software and/or safety experience who is capable of supporting our Software Engineering development team through implementation of a Software Safety Process. The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman's Software Engineering Team and will be responsible for software safety architecture, requirements, design, code, and test review of aircraft navigation systems and cockpit design. Responsibilities also include supporting safety analysis and software safety analysis of avionics systems. This in turn will support additional safety techniques such as: hazard analysis, fault tree analysis, risk assessments/resolution, mishap investigations, software process safety, and safety assessment process.

This position will require the candidate to take the lead on a software safety critical programs for software safety efforts. This includes the ability to determine and specify all software design requirements for a system safety program, as well as support the software safety results/assessment to customers. This is an exciting, challenging and highly specialized field that is in need of an experienced, talented, energized and innovative individual that wants to pursue further growth as a lead Software Safety Engineer in both a technical and leadership capacity

This position may be filled at a higher level based on the qualifications below.





To Be Considered for a Principal Software Safety Engineer:

  • Bachelor's in Computer Science or related discipline with 5 years of Software Engineering experience or a Master's in Computer Science or related discipline with 3 years of Software Engineering experience, or a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline .

To Be Considered for a Senior Principal Software Safety Engineer:

  • Bachelor's in Computer Science or related discipline with 9 years of Software Engineering experience or a Master's in Computer Science or related discipline with 7 years of Software Engineering experience, or a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline with 4 years of Software Engineering experience.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Military and/or Industry Standards such as: MIL-STD-882, DO-178B/C, DO-254, ARP-4754, ARP-4761, Joint Services Software Safety Engineering Handbook (JSSSEH), ISO 26262 (Automotive), EN 50128 (Railway), 21 CFR Part 820 (FDA), etc.

  • Experience developing embedded real-time safety-critical software systems using processes that employ DO-178C guidance and criteria.

  • Experience in translating software requirements into software design, producing software code from designs, and testing and debugging software code.

  • Able to work in an open collaborative environment as a member of a software development team and to have demonstrated the ability to independently determine and develop solutions to complex difficult problems.

  • Familiarity and experience with detecting and eliminating common software failure mechanisms.

  • Experience in software data and control coupling functional thread analysis.

  • Experience with robust software partitioning design and verification.

  • Experience using software configuration management tools such as IBM Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest and GitHub.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with outside customers and organizations.

  • Experience in the use of high level programming languages such as C/C++, Java, and Ada95.

  • History of demonstrated leadership capabilities, excellent presentation skills and ability to work independently.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Object-Oriented development and UML based design development tools such as IBM Rhapsody.

  • Some experience using modeling tools such as MATLAB, MathWorks Simulink, or ANSYS SCADE and using requirements management tools such as DOORS is desirable.

  • Experience with Software test tools such as LDRA, and Vector Cast and test languages such as Python is a plus.

  • Aviation/Avionics certification/experience is a plus.

  • Experience in Proposal Writing and creating Basis of Estimates (BOEs) for new business capture efforts is a plus

  • Extensive experience with requirements development, system/software architecture, Hardware/Software design, software code implementation, test, verification and validation such as those used in primary flight displays, flight control computers, etc.

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your benefits will include the following:

  • Health Plan

  • Savings Plan

  • Paid Time Off

  • Additional benefits

  • Education Assistance

  • Training and Development

  • 9/80 Schedule at Many Sites

Additional Northrop Grumman Information:

Northrop Grumman has approximately 90,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 27 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.

Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.

Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world.

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.

Job Category : Engineering