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Staff Information Systems Architect – IT Shop – Space/ Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10063419

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

We have an opening for an Information Systems Architect to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be in filled at our Dulles, VA office.

Essence of the Role:

Each program within the Tactical Space Systems Division (TSSD) has a team of technical engineers who are highly focused on spacecraft design, development, and operations. TSSD uses a variety of operating systems, technologies, and hardware – Linux, Windows, VxWorks, etc. The architect’s role is intended to facilitate these teams’ computing needs while conforming to compliance requirements determined by Northrop Grumman and client (DoD, NASA, etc.) cybersecurity teams. The architect is expected to be skilled and experienced with various network, cloud, and security technologies.  It is anticipated that this expertise will be applied to system designs encompassing operations, security policies, and reliability engineering.

The list of IT Shop Architect activities includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leading a team of IT Shop Support Personnel
  • Leading efforts to modernize and update infrastructure in support of program needs
  • Developing a deep understanding of TSSD computing infrastructure and mission
  • Developing a technology roadmap with evolving computing strategies, platforms, and tools
  • Understanding of Northrop Grumman Enterprise Services tools available to TSSD
  • Facilitating development and operations teams’ day-to-day activities
  • Helping new programs come on-board
  • Supporting evolving cybersecurity needs for programs
  • Developing an Information Systems Security Plan (ISSP)

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 15 years of experience or a master’s degree with 13 years
  • 5+ years of hands-on RedHat Linux system administration with strong scripting experience
  • 5+ years of hands-on Windows system administration on server level products and desktop administration tools
  • 5+ years of virtualization/hypervisor experience with experience in VMWare vSphere or Nutanix cloud computing environments
  • 5+ years of networking environments with a heterogeneous set of computing platforms (different OSes, network technologies, firewalls)
  • Demonstrated work in cyber security compliance as it applies to computing systems
  • Current RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) certification
  • Current CISSP, certification
  • US citizenship with the ability to obtain a clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • Current RHCA (RedHat Certified Architect) certification
  • Current Secret / Top Secret clearance
  • Strong python scripting skills

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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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

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 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.