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Northrop Grumman Sr Principal Engineer Systems Test in Unknown City, Kansas


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: No relocation assistance available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

PLM Software Test Automation Engineer

Location: Baltimore, MD


Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS), a leader in software defined, hardware enabled systems for national defense applications, is developing a next-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system for Engineering and Manufacturing product and process data. This system will be the foundation of our digital transformation and the future of advanced Engineering and Manufacturing capabilities and automation within the company, including Model-Based Engineering and Additive Manufacturing.

As a member of the test team you will be developing automated tests based on standard tools to improve defect avoidance, test throughput, and customer confidence. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing test automation for all levels of testing, including unit, system integration, functional, and regression on a variety of platforms. The Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software Test Automation Engineer will support the deployment of Teamcenter throughout Northrop Grumman Missions Systems as the PLM Solution.

This position could be located at any of our NGMS locations such as Baltimore, MD, San Diego, CA, Rolling Meadows, IL, or Woodland Hills, CA based on successful candidate’s ability and qualifications. Depending on qualifications, this position could be supported through full-time telecommuting.


  • Provide design and development support for Playwright Selenium-based Test Automation Framework (TAF).

  • Conduct trade studies for test automation framework selection.

  • Participate in development of automated test scripts and configurations in a Teamcenter environment.

  • Contribute to training manuals and maintenance guidelines for the TAF.

  • Integrate automated tests to existing DevSecOps pipelines.

  • Support and improve DevSecOps capabilities.

  • Perform root cause analysis, debug problems in the Teamcenter environment, and work with the appropriate technical teams to develop, test, and implement remedies to prevent escapes.

  • Evaluate, define, configure, and institute automated test tools, processes, and infrastructure to support Mission PLM development work.

  • Execute testing across the entire PLM environment, including COTS software, configured COTS software, and full custom software including multiple integrations and middleware.

  • Advocate for Test-driven development.

  • Manage automated tests and test applications.

  • Provide testing status, generate reports, track metrics, and create test closure reports.

  • Implement appropriate test techniques for test design and implementation.

  • Adhere to the defect management process.

  • Archive and organize test results and artifacts using configuration management tools.

  • Keep current with advances in test practices and methodologies.

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of software testing methodologies, tools and processes.

  • Proficiency with the Selenium or Playwright automation framework, developing/extending automation library, Selenium Web Drivers, cucumber, and behavior driven development.

  • Abilities to write scripts and test utilizing a headless browser for myriad browser types and versions.

  • Good experience of test management tools such as TFS or JIRA.

  • Working knowledge of multiple Software Development Life Cycles (SDLC) and industry standard development methodologies.

  • Experience with defect tracking tools and test case management systems.

  • Knowledge of performing test activity in an Agile environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with DevSecOps automation tools such as Jenkins, Yaml, and Ansible

  • Experience with Agile development methodology, processes, and tools.

  • General understanding of the Software Lifecycle Process, end user support, and process documentation.

  • Familiarity with Azure Dev Ops and Git or similar tools.

  • Experience with complex Product Lifecycle Management Systems, especially Teamcenter applications related to Engineering and Manufacturing.

  • Proficiency developing and deploying automated test suites.

  • Knowledge of continuous integration/continuous deployment methodologies.

  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.

  • Familiarity with TMMI Maturity framework.

Salary Range: $107,000.00 - $160,000.00

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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ .

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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With careers across all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space – our 90,000 employees work as one to defend and define the future. Northrop Grumman careers and internships are as varied as your interests, with a lifetime of potential that will give you every opportunity to do your best work. Working together with people from many backgrounds, personal passions and disciplines, we share a drive to push the boundaries of science, technology and engineering to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide.