Staff Software Engineer: Ground Segment Chief Architect (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles VA) Dulles, VA

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 Space Systems is seeking a Ground Segment Chief Architect to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Tactical Division. This technical and leadership role is located in Dulles, VA .

Position Description:

The Ground Segment Chief Architect will be responsible for leading the overall architectural design that stems from system requirements, decomposed across multiple levels aimed to represent the ground capabilities that have a major impact on the mission. In this role, you will be interfacing directly with the Software, Operations, Integration and Test teams, as well as program leadership to define and maintain the technical baseline. To be successful you should have a strong background in systems engineering and architecture, with expertise in the development and operation of ground segments for space systems.

This position is responsible for the following:

  • Lead the development of the overall ground segment architecture, interfaces, and operational concepts

  • Develop and maintain the ground segment technical roadmap, ensuring alignment with program goals and objectives

  • Work closely with program management, systems engineering, and other stakeholders to ensure the ground segment architecture meets program requirements

  • Drive the program through maturity and milestones to achieve the overall mission

  • Lead in the facilitation of technical meetings to establish the future state of the ground segment architecture

  • Collaborate with industry partners and other stakeholders to identify new technologies and capabilities for the ground segment

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including customer counterparts

  • Communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings at technical and program reviews and boards

  • Deliver presentations to customers, executive management and other program stakeholders

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field from an accredited university with 14+ years' experience (OR a Master's Degree with 12+ years' experience or a PhD with 9+ years.) Experience can be considered in lieu of degree

  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes

  • Knowledge of satellite communications and system operations

  • Experience writing and presenting technical information to customers and executive management

  • Experience with Agile development

  • Experience using the DOORS Requirements Management Database

  • Experience leading requirement development/testing/verification

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

  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance and ability to obtain and maintain program access within reasonable time to support business objectives

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment

  • Ability to resolve conflict and negotiate with positive outcome while maintaining good relationships with customers

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


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 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)

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

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.

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.