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Staff Systems Engineering Architect

Requisition ID: R10076695

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Staff Systems Engineering Architect based out of San Jose, CA.

What you’ll get to do:

As a Staff Systems Engineering Architect you will lead and develop next generation ground system solutions. In addition you will get to:

  • Determine customer needs and develop approaches, implementations, components, interfaces, identify standards and constraints, civil requirements, and security needs.

  • Survey the industry for awareness of customer needs and alternative systems.

  • Lead architecture design that stems from system requirements, decomposed across multiple levels, aimed to represent the ground capabilities, that have a major impact on the mission.

  • Interface directly with the Software, Hardware, Operations, Integration and Test teams, as well as program and project leadership to define and maintain the technical baseline.

  • Lead trade studies, technology development, and subcontractor teams as well as lead technical and cost proposals, and write white papers describing the offerings. 

  • Drive the program through maturity and milestones to achieve the mission, ensuring everything is synchronized. 

  • Work closely with Chief Engineer, Sr Program Managers and Program Director to support proposals, CONOPS and overall architecture.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 14 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 12 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 9 years of relevant experience with a PhD

  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes

  • Experience writing and presenting technical information to customer and internal management audiences

  • Experience with Agile development

  • Experience using the DOORS Requirements Management Database

  • Familiarity with Model-Based Systems Engineering (SysML/UML) and concepts

  • Experience leading requirement development/testing/verification

  • Experience working with Atlassian tool suite (i.e. JIRA, Confluence, etc.)

  • Extensive System Engineering experience supporting all phases of project life cycle, inclusive of technical experience tied to other roles, and must have the ability to be a technical leader

  • Active DoD Top Secret and SCI clearance

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Understanding of Ground System architecture including Spacecraft Command and Control (C2), TT&C, and industry establishments (FORGE, EGS, Cornerstone, Raptor, AMP).

  • Experience with Agile development particularly as a product owner

  • Experience with data analysis or modeling (e.g. with MATLAB/Python

  • Experience applying  Model-Based Systems Engineering (SysML/UML) concepts to support architecture design/development 

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, common ground approaches, implementations, components, standards, interfaces, constraints, civil requirements, and security needs

  • Knowledge of satellite communications and distributed system operations.

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal/written communication and team building 



Salary Range: $161,000 USD - $241,400 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.