Staff Computer Systems ArchitectLinthicum, MD

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 CIO is seeking a Staff Computer Systems Architect (Level 5) subject matter expert to join its dynamic team of technical professionals in Linthicum, MD. Please note that the selected candidate will be required to work on-site, full-time, at our Linthicum, MD campus; this is not a remote position.

The Staff Computer Systems Architect designs and defines system architecture for new or existing complex computer systems, determines systems specifications, input/output processes, and works parameters for hardware/software compatibility and maintenance of system security. Additionally, the Staff Computer Systems Architect coordinates the design of subsystems and integration of total system, identifies, analyzes, and resolves program support deficiencies, develops and recommends corrective actions, and may provide technical guidance for database administrators and software developers.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designing instruction sets and commands for a massively parallel, distributed, high-performance computer system.

  • Designing data flow pathways for moving data within a massively parallel system efficiently and reliably.

  • Developing detailed models of the high-performance computer system capable of accurately projecting performance.

  • Optimizing parallel computing architectures for performance, power, and area on purpose-built machines.

  • Analyzing and optimizing traffic patterns in complex, high performance computer networks.

  • Working with Systems Engineering and Network Engineering teams to ensure that the architecture meets requirements and is implemented correctly.

  • Interacting with customers, both internal and external, to convey architecture principles and concepts.

  • Efficiently and effectively communicating the design and architecture to digital designers for implementation, simulation, and synthesis.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree with 16 years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree with 14 years of related experience, or Master's degree with 12 years of related experience, or PhD with 9 years of related experience. A High School diploma or equivalent (GED) and at least 18 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a completed degree.

  • Current DoD Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph required on Day 1; maintaining the required security clearance will be a condition of continued employment.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain access to the program as a condition of continued employment.

  • Currently valid Security+ CE, CASP, CISSP, or similar DoD 8570 security certification required on Day 1; certification must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining Classified Windows/Linux Domains.

  • Experience with VMWare implementation, migration, and maintenance.

  • Experience with NetApp and/or Nutanix implementation, migration, and maintenance.

  • Experience with system design and architecture.

  • Experience operating under and managing systems within current applicable information systems compliance standards.

  • Deep understanding of network protocols and technologies, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze high level needs utilizing use cases/scenarios and relate them to the requirements.

  • Well-versed, skilled, and disciplined in system engineering processes.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.

  • Background in information technology and cyber.

  • The selected candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program (SAP/SAR) clearance (if required by the customer) within 365 days of required paperwork submission as a condition of continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience managing a wide array of senior technical engineers and managers.

  • Demonstrated experience in technical judgment with significant impact to program success.

  • Demonstrated experience negotiating with customers to convert program needs into testable system requirements.

  • Experience working as part of an Agile development environment as a Product Owner or Architect.

  • Extensive experience developing and utilizing detailed computer architecture simulations.

  • Experience creating detailed plans of execution and schedules for complex projects.

  • A Bachelors, Master's, or PhD degree in a STEM field is highly desirable.

  • Current CISSP security certification and CCNP network certification or similar.


Salary Range: $157,500 - $236,300

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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.