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Principal/Senior Principal Computer Systems Architect – Top Secret

Requisition ID: R10076063

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Beale AFB, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal/Senior Principal Computer Systems Architect at Beale AFB, CA.

The selected candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations and adapt to change.  The candidate must exhibit strong leadership characteristics in coordinating with multiple teams and managing tasks. The role will be a hybrid of significantly diverse assignments in a collaborative/team setting across all levels. Candidate must be able to collaborate closely with system engineers, hardware designers, integration/test engineers, and program leadership. Candidate should be able to review, update, or develop engineering design drawings specific for the test environment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Level Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s Degree with 3 years of relevant experience.

  • Senior Principal Level Bachelor’s Degree with 9 years of related experience; OR a Master’s Degree with 7 years of relevant experience; OR a PhD with 4 years of experience.

  • Experience in Cisco networks, VLANS, L2 switching, port channels

  • Experience with VMware Horizon 7/8 and VMware 6/7

  • Moderate knowledge of scripting

  • Must have Security+ certification OR be able to obtain it within 6 months of hire

  • Candidates must have a current DOD Top Secret level security clearance (or higher) with an original adjudication, or a periodic reinvestigation date, completed within the last 6 years to be considered.

  • Must have the ability to obtain, and maintain a Special Access Programs (SAP/SAR) level clearance as a condition of continued employment. This SAP/SAR must be obtained within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include work outside of normally scheduled hours, extended shifts, holidays, and weekends as needed.

  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.

  • Proven ability to brief technical presentations to stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated technical writing skills.

  • Moderate experience in Cisco networks, VLANS, L2 switching, port channels.

  • Moderate knowledge of Windows Server, Windows Key Management Services.

  • Experience in standing up new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments, including configuration, maintenance, and installation of supporting Windows and RHEL virtual desktops.

  • Knowledge of Evertz and Thinklogical audio/video distribution systems.


Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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.