Chief Architect/Engineer – Digital Transformation

Requisition ID: R10005032

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach - CA, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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: 2

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Chief Architect/ Engineer - Digital Transformation to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

As a Chief Architect / Engineer for Strategic Space Systems Digital Transformation, you provide strategic architecture and technical baseline leadership to project leads and our programs on large and complex digital transformation, product lifecycle systems integration projects for spacecraft and space electronics product development. You must understand the business imperatives tied to these strategic projects. You provide technology leadership and are the technical expert on strategic projects, drive the release strategy and guide the delivery of strategic projects aligned to business strategy on innovative model based everything (systems engineering, design, analysis, data management, procurement, manufacturing, integration, & test) and Dev* Ops. You maintain awareness of dependencies between enterprise, sector, and division projects and their delivery vision, while ensuring engineering excellence. You build the strategy for digital transformation teams to architect, design and deliver the next generation product development lifecycle for space.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain a roadmap for digital program initiatives (Model Based System Engineering, Model Based Design, Dev*Ops, Industry 4.0, Model Based Manufacturing), consistent with SSSD’s strategy, and in collaboration with functions, programs and BU’s

  • Design, develops, and maintains system architectures and the technical baseline for cross team / cross product development projects developing the digital thread through the Space product development lifecycle

  • Defines key capabilities and performance requirements for a digital thread through the product development lifecycle.

  • Define design and technology maturity constraints of the system based on specifications.

  • Develop thorough definition of system external interfaces.

  • Define system implementation approaches and operational concepts.

  • Ensure requirements are met and evaluates performance with SSSD leadership.

  • Own and drive business cases (value capture + investments) for one time and recurring initiatives that are aligned with the SSSD roadmap

  • Align SSSD specific performance management metrics across business units and programs to understand progress against digital efforts and manage monthly readout sessions

  • Role model cultural and Agile best practices and drive openness to external perspectives

  • Lead transformational change across SSSD functions, business units, and programs to a digitally connected product development lifecycle

  • Lead the SSSD Digital Transformation Technical Working Group to enable DT synergy across the organization

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for:

Medical, 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, some roles offer 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 view Northrop Grumman Benefits.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in STEM with 14 years of experience in engineering and/or operations; Masters Degree in STEM with 12 years of experience in in engineering and/or operations ; PhD in STEM with 9 years with of experience in in engineering and/or operations

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate with technical and non-technical stakeholders

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret and SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with interfacing with engineering and operations tools to support a digital thread through the product development lifecycle (Preferred: Cameo, DOORs, STK, Mentor Expedition, Cadence, Atlassian, Catia, CREO, Enovia, Teamcenter, SAP, Solumina, Eyelit)

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing comprehensive change management plan

  • Experience collaborating across organizational boundaries to understand best practices or to share learnings from local initiatives

  • Proven knowledge of successful design, architecture and development

  • Possesses a deep understanding of benefits/drawbacks of different integration approaches

  • Experience in model based product development

  • Active Top Secret and SCI security clearance


Salary Range: 171200 - 256800

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.