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Staff Engr Sys Architect w/ Active Clearance

Requisition ID: R10020976

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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: 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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.  From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality.  Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration.  Our combined efforts means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world.  With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future. 

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is currently seeking a Staff Weapon Systems Architect w/ a current/active clearance to support our Advanced Programs group.

This position can be located in either Tucson, AZ or Northridge, CA. Relocation assistance is only available to those who are willing and able to work from our Northridge, CA location. Relocation assistance is NOT available for the Tucson, AZ facility.

In this role, the selected candidate will be the Program Deputy Chief Engineer. In this role as a Staff Engineer / Deputy Chief Engineer, the selected candidate will join a staff of Chief Engineers that support program execution of ongoing development activities, and new business capture.

In this position you will:

  • Architect new weapon systems to grow the Advanced Programs portfolio of programs.
  • You will partner with design and implementation engineers to achieve efficient, effective, and innovative Engineering solutions, including subsystem and supporting technology development, achieving program success and looking for opportunities to leverage common design and products enabling rapid development and affordable solutions.
  • Generate, manage and review technical and cost proposals for technology and product development pursuits.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide technical project management and leadership a cross functional team engineers developing advanced systems designs and concepts.
  • Introduce and develop new technologies for concepts and designs of advanced systems
  • Develop architectures and concepts for autonomous systems and subsystems including flight sensors, flight computers, communications, propulsion, payloads and air vehicles

Basic Qualifications:

  • HS diploma/GED and a minimum of 18 years of related experience. Will consider a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (or related discipline) and 14+ years of experience in aerospace systems engineering or related field or 12 years with a MS degree or 9 years with a PhD
  • Current active Secret clearance or higher.
  • Secret Clearance Periodic Re-investigation within the last 5 years
  • Demonstrated technical leadership skills
  • Well-versed, skilled and disciplined in system engineering processes.
  • Background in aerospace systems; basic understanding of aircraft systems, missile systems, avionics, software systems, and their design drivers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in hardware/software integration of embedded systems
  • Working knowledge of Low Observable technologies
  • Familiarity with operational and system survivability analyses and methodologies


Salary Range: $134,700 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

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.