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Lead Software Engineering -- Application Software (Top Secret) (Herndon, VA)

Herndon, Virginia; Rochester, New York

Job ID 11906
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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title: Software Engineering – Application Software (Top Secret)

Job Code: 11906

Job Location: Herndon, VA or Rochester, NY

Job Description:

L3Harris Technologies is looking for a self-starting, team-oriented Senior Software Engineer to join our dynamic development team in supporting a government customer.  This is an AI/ML program providing cutting edge geospatial, AI capabilities at speed and scale to the warfighter. The successful candidate will have the ability to work both independently with little supervision as well as engage with a team to achieve overall project objectives.

Essential Functions:

  • Working onsite with a team of local and remote engineers.
  • Utilize software engineering principles, processes, and industry best practices with the ability to apply them in daily work
  • Work with team lead to help decompose the work needed to implement new features or address defects within the operational software.
  • Complete all development work to “Done Done” acceptance criteria.
  • Ensure proper level of unit testing is completed as part of development work.
  • Operate as a member of a Kanban team following Agile practices (backlog grooming, planning).
  • Help drive new software capabilities to closure in a diverse ecosystem of both development and operational environments.
  • Ensure that products/projects delivered meet customer requirements and specifications.
  • Drive process improvements to aid in team coordination and maintain delivery schedule.
  • Communicate with leadership on status, issues, milestones, and successes.


  • Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility and willing to obtain a CI Poly once hired.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technologies, or related discipline and minimum 9 years of prior relevant experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 7 years of prior related experience. In lieu of a degree, minimum of 13 years of prior related experience.
  • 3+ years of experience in developing Python applications.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
  • 6+ years of experience with Python or similar high-level language on Unix/Linux.
  • Docker experience.
  • Experience with software development life cycle (SDLC) and modern SW best practices including disciplined source control use, code reviews, unit testing, and establishing “done done” criteria for work.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team, adhering to Agile development processes.
  • Experience with Linux.
  • AWS and AWS SDK experience.
  • SOAP/REST API experience.
  • Experience working with Python packages.
  • Ability to work in Python in Windows and Linux development environments.
  • Image Science experience.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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