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Consulting Chief System Architect

Requisition ID: R10076031

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 Defense Systems in Huntsville, AL is currently seeking a Chief Architect to lead development and implementation of system architectures and technology roadmap for Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) Program and related product line initiatives. IBCS integrates various radars and weapons to construct and deliver a single integrated air picture with high accuracy and broad surveillance and protection areas.

The IBCS Chief Architect designs and develops system architectures and defines key capabilities and performance requirements for new and existing systems. Your responsibilities include:

  • Develop thorough definition of system external interfaces including various sensors and effectors
  • Evaluate system expansion and upgrade opportunities and define the system implementation approach and operational concept
  • Align with enterprise standards, processes, procedures, and supervise the quality and implementation of designs
  • Provide technical leadership for system architecture approach and governance definition that enables program-wide execution of digital engineering
  • Support digital thread and integration definition to support overall engineering process and workflow definition & execution
  • Collaborate with customer counterparts to ensure customer understanding of model content and help communicate concerns and issues back to the program

This position will be hired as Consulting Engineer System Architect (Level 7) and reports to the Operating Unit Engineering Manager.  The position is located in Huntsville AL.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree, or related technical discipline, and 20 years of applicable experience. 18 years of relevant experience with a Masters degree; 15 years with a PhD
  • Current active Secret clearance
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in systems and product development and understanding of system engineering principles and processes
  • Minimum 10 years of experience as a technical leader for complex hardware and software integrated systems
  • Experience with basic systems engineering toolset and languages (e.g. DOORS, Rhapsody, Cameo, UML, SysML)
  • Demonstrated technical leadership skills, decisiveness, and ability to make sound technical judgements with limited information
  • Experience with proactively identify issues and solutions to those issues, and drive issues rapidly to closure.
  • Experience with Agile development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) mission and systems
  • Sensor and Effector Domain knowledge as it relates to Battle Management Systems
  • Strong interpersonal communication and technical writing skills to enable effective personal interaction and collaboration with a multi-disciplined team and customers

Salary Range: $174,000 USD - $262,000 USD

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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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.