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Computer Systems Architect

Requisition ID: R10035977

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Falls Church, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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 Enterprise Services is seeking a Staff Computer Systems Architect to drive the acceleration of the Chief Information Office's digital transformation strategy, architecture and innovations in collaboration and partnership with the enterprise Digital Transformation Office (DTO).

The successful candidate will define the sector digital capability roadmap, strategy and architecture to enable the deployment of advanced enterprise digital capabilities across the Engineering, Manufacturing, Program Execution/Capture, Global Supply Chain and Business Management functions.

The candidate will also translate business needs into capability requirements and help drive organizational change management. A critical element of the role will be to technically align and/or integrate enterprise and sector/division digital capabilities and develop a single sector architecture and roadmap that best achieves business outcomes for the sector.

This position will report into the CIO's Technology Office.

Position Summary

  • Lead the creation and execution of solution architectures, implementation plans and roadmaps for digital transformation efforts across the various functions and domains.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with the DTO, sector, divisions, industry and suppliers to achieve innovative solutions and strategies for Defense Systems digital capabilities.

  • Drive strategy and execution towards a common set of tools and Authoritative Sources of Truth (ASoTs) across the sectors, functions and domains.

  • Assist with prioritization, budgeting, and resource planning of IT work to support the sector Digital Transformation.  Drive deployment and adoption of information technology solutions across Defense Systems and the integration of enterprise and sector/division capabilities. Maximize the alignment of Enterprise Services with sector operating models, strategies, and investments as well as with the DTO.

  • Drive improvements in IT operational excellence and cost control for digital capabilities within Defense Systems. Monitor customer satisfaction levels with service delivery and engage resources to assist as required to meet and exceed service level objectives.

  • Communicate the enterprise technology strategy to partners, management, industry and employees.

  • Demonstrate the highest levels of leadership integrity, openness, compliance and honesty in all business interactions.


Additional Responsibilities/Duties include:

  • Participate in management decisions regarding digital capability governance.

  • Maintain current information about technology standards and compliance regulations.

  • Identify technology opportunities and risks for the sector.

  • Monitor technology and industry trends that could impact the Defense Systems Sector.

  • Provide leadership to Defense Systems Sector stakeholders in a fashion that supports the company’s culture, mission and values.

  • Work in a consultative fashion with other sector functional leaders such as advanced development, production and operations as an advisor of technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Conduct research and case studies on leading edge technologies, including alignment and assessment of implementation challenges.

  • Support customer proposal development to pull through digital capabilities into our sector program offerings and operations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree, or related technical discipline, and 14 years of applicable experience.  12 years of relevant experience with a Master’s degree; 9 years with a PhD.

  • Experience developing and deploying architectures to support one or more of the following capabilities: Integrated Development Environments (IDE), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Model-Based Engineering (MBE), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

  • Proven Ability to provide strategic direction regarding Information Technology products, processes, applications, and technology.

  • Experience with IT/OT architectures for manufacturing shop-floor environments.

  • Demonstrated experience managing projects including budgets and schedules.

  • Experience with developing proposals and project statements of work for external bid and competitive differentiation.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently prioritize, plan, and execute work tasks in a rapidly changing, fast-paced environment while maintaining high quality results.

  • Demonstrated ability to pro-actively identify issues and solutions to those issues, and drive issues rapidly to closure.

  • Prior experience with identifying systemic technical and service delivery challenges affecting the service delivery; engage constructively to identify solutions.

  • Active DoD Secret clearance with the ability to obtain DoD Top Secret clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in product development, product design, engineering, manufacturing engineering, production quality, procurement, or product support.

  • Experience with cyber security concepts and architectures for unclassified and classified environments.

  • Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) concepts and tools (e.g., Cameo)


Salary Range: $156,000 USD - $234,000 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.