Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Software Quality Assurance Engineer - Security Clearance Required

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20182506-46316

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 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Groups has an opening for a Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Dulles, VA. Active TS/SCI with Full Scope Polygraph is required.

Job Description

Software Quality Assurance is a unique function within the Space Systems Group, working on spacecraft programs, highly interactive with multiple subsystems, and knowledgeable of the overall 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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Implement a software assurance      plans based on contractual and compliance requirements
  • Support 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 customers,      subcontractors and engineering, ensuring product’s compliance and to      resolve issues
  • Develop and deliver required      metrics, presentations and reports to internal and external customers

Required Qualifications

  • BS      in Engineering or a related field 
  • Knowledge      of Software Quality Assurance standards
  • Knowledge of various software      development life cycles
  • Excellent      written and oral communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and      problem solving skills
  • Strong      computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge      of software nonconforming product tracking systems
  • Familiar with C/C++ programming     


  • 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: 3-5 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space