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Computer Systems Architect (Staff Level)

Requisition ID: R10057564

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Unknown City, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Services (ES) organization is seeking a Cloud Architect at the Falls Church, VA Corporate office. The Cloud Architect (CA) will be responsible within the ES organization for supporting the NG multi-cloud strategy for Enterprise Cloud Services Group (ECSG) as part of the Digital Infrastructure Multi-Cloud program.  This includes supporting the activities for secure cloud development, adoption and integration at an enterprise level with a focus on the mission and customer needs of all NG sectors, external partners, programs of record and Department of Defense (DoD) stakeholders. 


This individual will be a subject matter expert (SME) with Cloud (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) strategy, security, edge nodes, containerization and consulting experience, capable of visualizing what it means to go from legacy computing environments to utilizing the best, world-class secure Cloud computing offerings available for delivery at an enterprise scale.  


The ideal candidate will have the capability of building maturity models to lead ES and its sector customers to realize their strategic roadmaps, security needs and key objectives for an accelerated enterprise Multi-Cloud computing solution to serve all of NG customers, teams and employees.  


A key aspect of the ECSG position is to coordinate the execution of a ECSG operating model to support cloud activities across the sectors.   


The CA will take responsibility to drive the processes, onboarding, tools and product capabilities necessary to identify, startup, develop, plan and execute secure multi-cloud/cloud offerings for the purposes of impacting business outcomes across NGC. The CA will also collaboration and team with other technical SMEs, business stakeholders, and functional organizations across NG. 


Responsibilities include: 

Aid the development of a well-informed Cloud strategy, manage the adoption process and implementation strategies. 

• Promotes adaptive design and modern engineering practices across the enterprise portfolio, facilitating the reuse of ideas, components, services, and proven patterns. 

• Responsible for evaluating and recommending best-of-breed Cloud architectures for the enterprise, to include providing expertise architecting, designing, engineering and migrating legacy infrastructure and applications to the Cloud; using industry best practice Agile-DevSecOps and containerization methodologies or strategies. 

• Provide expertise with Cloud-to-Cloud migrations. 

• Regularly evaluate cloud infrastructure, applications, and software. 

• Work closely with IT security to monitor and refine the corporation’s security framework. 

• Offer guidance in infrastructure movement techniques including bulk application transfers into the cloud. 

• Responsible for ensuring that all Cloud solutions comply with industry and Government mandated security protocols and best-practices; working closely with our Information Security Service line. 

• Responsible for ensuring technical project deliverables are completed accurately and on time. 

• Responsible for escalating issues, problems, risks, and constraints to the appropriate levels for clarification and resolution. 

• Responsible for design and engineering of Cloud Based Infrastructure solutions based on AWS or Azure Cloud 


• Responsible for communication with senior/executive leadership. 

• Responsible for keeping abreast of new and emerging technologies. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Provide thought leadership for creating strategies that drive enterprise transformation activities with particular focus on governing, creating, and maintaining enterprise-wide architecture practices. 

• Maintain a holistic perspective of the organization’s strategy, processes, and information and technology assets. 

• Look years ahead to consider the long-term consequences for the enterprise when choosing a technical direction, proposing a technology investment, proposing harmonization of the environments, proposing simplification opportunities, or advising a business leader on strategic issues. 

• Catalogs, develops, coordinates, communicates, maintains, and enforces overall Enterprise Architecture Models, Representations, Initiatives, Capabilities, and Standard Components used by the Enterprise to perform all business and technology related activities. 

• Integrate across major enterprise initiatives, identifying and resolving inefficiencies, conflicts, and gaps and promoting cross-portfolio planning. 

• Interact with corporate and sector CIOs, and other senior leaders, serving as an expert advisor in the development, implementation, and maintenance of enterprise-wide architecture practices. 

• Support sector strategy function including investment planning and prioritization process. 

• Experience architecting automated, fault-tolerant, scalable Cloud environments adhering to best practices. 

• Maintain Cloud Infrastructure in Optimal Configuration from both technical and budgetary perspectives 

• Experience refactoring or rebuilding on premise applications/infrastructure and migration to Public Cloud (AWS and Azure initially) 

• Deploy, test and document development, pre-production, and production environments 

• Train and mentor Architects and Engineers - Provides guidance and coaching to solution and system architects, ensuring consistency with enterprise architecture tenants, Lean-Agile and tenets, user experience mindset, and cybersecurity requirements 

• Assist in preparing cost analysis based on expected usage 

• Improve the operational capabilities of enterprise infrastructure 

• Own communication with stakeholders at all levels - Internally "sell" the architecture process, its outcome, and ongoing results through effective communication and influencing skills. 

• Support the investigation of reported and suspected outage issues, documenting issue, resolution, maintaining a knowledge base of known issues  

• Gain an understanding of the existing technical environments and workloads that are targeted to migrate to the cloud, taking note of any potential gaps or risks. 

• Perform Analyses of Alternatives for selection of new tools to replace toolsets that are not supported in the cloud, not optimized for the cloud or do not take advantage of newer leading-edge technology available in the cloud. 

• Work with the team to build out prototypes of application environments in the cloud as a proof of concept, while building insight into what works and what doesn't work as well. 

• Make recommendations on how to achieve additional cost savings taking advantage of cloud-enabled technologies. 

• Perform testing of cloud-based infrastructure, to include performance testing, high availability testing, disaster recovery testing, etc. 

• Support the Stand-up software development lifecycle tools, such as source control, issue management, knowledge base, service desk support, etc. 

• Support the build-out of development, QA, and production environments within the cloud 

• Work closely with the development team to establish build environments which take advantage of continuous integration, continuous deployment, etc. to reduce the overall time for code to be deployed to production. 

• Lead technical discussions, work collaboratively with others, and communicate effectively with customers and team members. 


Basic Qualifications 

• BA/BS degree with a minimum of 14 years of relevant IT professional experience; 12 years of experience with a MS degree, 9 years of experience with a PHD. 

• At least 5 years of Cloud design, execution and supporting of Cloud based solutions. 

• Demonstrated knowledge of Cloud computing technologies and current computing trends. 

• Hands-on experience designing and/or implementing cloud-based and/or cloud-native solutions in production workloads. 

• Experience working in a DevSecOps environment with teams. 

• Working knowledge and experience with Kubernetes and Containers 

• Experience communicating complicated cloud reports to management and other IT development partners. 

• US Citizenship 


Preferred Qualifications:  

 • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. 

• Experience using Amazon Web Services, including using AWS native services (Cloud Formation, S3, etc.). 

• Understanding of Agile (SAFe), DevSecOps and Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is strongly desired. 

• AWS or Microsoft Technical Cloud Certification (e.g. Associate level) desired for all personnel 

• At least 3 years in enterprise Cloud deployments desired 

• At least 4 years of development experience desired • understanding of Linux and Windows operating system 

• Advanced troubleshooting skills 

Classified program and international experience a plus 

• Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or related field. 

• Multiple Cloud platforms (Commercial and Government) – AWS, Azure, Google, IBM 

• Capability in architecture design, system evaluation, system analysis, and infrastructure assessment 

• Experience with AWS CloudWatch and other automation services 

• Experience with Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) tools 

• Experience Maintaining account documentation, such as architecture diagrams and portal links. 

• Master’s degree preferred 


• Agile (SAFe) experience preferred 


  • 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.  


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.