Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr Software Assurance Engineer

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20181211-48745

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

We have an opening for a Sr Software Assurance Engineer with a Top Secret clearance.

Job Description

Software Assurance is a unique function within Northrup Grumman spacecraft programs, highly interactive and requiring a diverse background in overall spacecraft functions and subsystems, and strong knowledge of the software development life-cycle process including software planning, design, implementation, verification, validation, acceptance and delivery. The ideal candidate for this position will have a good understanding of the software life cycle, process and product compliance, ISO and CMMI audits, nonconformance system, and a detail oriented approach to identify and capture noncompliance and risks throughout the software’s development life cycle and maintenance. Excellent people and technical skills are required to coordinate with various subsystems, conduct compliance analysis and audits, implement corrective actions, and interact with management, customer and subcontractors.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a software assurance plans based on contractual and compliance requirements
  • Provide input/participate in program reviews such as Software Requirements Reviews, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Test Readiness Review, etc.
  • Review and approve software work products for internal and external delivery 
  • Oversee software requirements development and ensure requirements traceability from system level, to design, component, test, and back 
  • Plan, perform and report product and process compliance audits
  • Ensure software product compliance to polices, processes, and standard requirements (e.g. ISO, CMMI, IEEE, NASA, SAE, etc.)
  • Identify non-conformances and root cause; successfully implement corrective and preventive actions 
  • Chair Software Configuration Control Boards, review software changes and approved implementation using related software problem tracking tools (e.g. TRAC, Razor, Jira, etc.)
  • Witness software/firmware verification testing, software patches and software validation to ensure compliance to requirements and procedures
  • Interact with customer representatives, subcontractors and with Northrop Grumman Software Engineering, System Engineering, Integration & Testing Engineering, and System Safety Engineering to ensure product’s compliance and to resolve issues
  • Support Independent Verification and Validation board activities, ensure activities are implemented as planned; review issues and verify proper documentation, implementation and resolution 
  • Perform software safety and reliability assurance per applicable program plans
  • Perform software subcontractor oversight, gap analysis and approve subcontractor deliverables
  • Develop and deliver required metrics, presentations and reports to internal and external customers

Additional Responsibilities may include

  • Software build releases
  • Software lab testing
  • Writing test scripts
  • Writing Test Procedures and other technical documents

Required Qualifications

  • BS in Engineering & 4 years or Master in Engineering & 2 years
  • Strong understanding of fundamental engineering principles, practices, and theories
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of various software development life cycles
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of DOOR or similar requirements tracking tools
  • Strong knowledge of nonconforming product tracking tool (e.g. Failure Review, Software Problem Reporting, etc.)
  • Knowledge of related software assurance standards (e.g. ISO, CMMI, IEEE, NASA, SAE, etc.)
  • Understand C/C++ programming
  • Exposure to Matlab and Simulink


  • Excellent writing communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt to new challenges and ideas
  • Exceptional customer responsiveness
  • Ability to follow established processes and procedures
  • Be detail oriented and thorough
  • Ability to successfully work multiple concurrent tasks
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Must be self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Capable of working on multiple levels of compliance requirements
  • Work well under pressure and adapts well to unplanned tasks
  • Ability and willingness to continuously learn and implement new processes
  • Dedicated to teamwork and be ability to work very well in a team environment


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 Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space