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Staff Computer Systems Architect

Requisition ID: R10081438

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

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.

The AMERICA team within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for team members who want to solve interesting, complex problems, which protect our nation. Your talents and passion are most important to us. If you don’t know a language, program, or platform, we will teach you! Become a part of our enthusiastic teams where we have fun working together and take pride in our contributions to the nation’s safety.

AMERICA IRAD has an opening for a Staff Computer System Architect to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. The selected candidate will apply system architecture leadership regarding the design, development and analysis of next generation digital Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar systems. Key responsibilities include the design, development and management of real-time systems, networks, cyber security, data management, documentation, training, and system accreditation on multi-core servers and distributed systems. This position will be located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Essential Functions:

* Conducts multidisciplinary research and collaborates with customers and subject matter experts in the planning, design, development, and utilization of new innovative capabilities.

* Propose and develop solutions in support of NG Space System IRAD’s and contracts.

* Design and develop creative solutions to critical problems in the Missile Defense space.

* Use Atlassian tools to track, document, and manage work (JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence, etc).

* Contribute to high quality development output using agile methodologies, working in cross-functional teams.

* Work closely and collaboratively with like-minded professionals to solve problems and produce value for stakeholders.

* Lead in Daily Agile SCRUM meetings and supporting Bi-weekly SCRUM Cadence meetings.

* Design and define system architecture for new or existing complex computer systems. 

* Determine systems specifications, input/output processes, and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility and maintenance of system security. 

* Coordinate design of subsystems and integration of total system. Identifies, analyzes, and resolves program support deficiencies. 

* Develop and recommends corrective actions. May provide technical guidance for database administrators and software developers.

Basic Qualifications: 

* Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) with 14 years of aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience; OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 12 years of aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience; OR PhD in STEM with 9 years of aerospace, defense, or other product development industry experience.

* Active DoD Secret Clearance

* Knowledge, Skills and Ability: Apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. 

* Problem Solving: Work on unusually complex technical problems and provide solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious. 

* Discretion/Latitude: Works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range goals and objectives. Assignments are often self-initiated. Determine and pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results. Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of superior.

* Impact: Develops advanced technological ideas and guides their development into a final product. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve critical organizational objectives and effect the image of the organization technological capability. 

* Liaison: Serves as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs. Acts as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications.

Preferred Qualifications: 

* Understanding of radar systems, hardware and capabilities 

* Experience leading engineering activities, including identifying, planning and executing required activities across a matrixed, multi-functional team without being given clear direction

* Experience working in an Agile Team environment

* Experience in working in a controlled development environment with strong version and configuration management control.

* Experience facilitating and participating in process improvement efforts

* Excellent communication skills

* 15+ years’ experience with managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux installs to include

o Installing custom OS configuration onto bare-metal systems

o Applying DISA STIG configuration settings

o Managing custom software installations via RPM / Yum

* Integrating custom hardware components into servers

* Working knowledge of networking design and implementation such as subnet design, multicast implementations, bandwidth analysis, etc.

* Experience installing physical servers into datacenter racks

* Experience establishing accredited classified networks in DoD contractor spaces


Salary Range: $141,800 USD - $212,800 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.