Sr Staff Computer System Architect - Top Secret (AHT)Palmdale, CA

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 effort 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.

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all the while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman may be the place for you.

As a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to customers worldwide, Northrop Grumman offers an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities and technologies. Here at Northrop Grumman we are comprised of professionals that bring different perspectives, are curious about the world, accepting of each other, and understand that the more ideas, backgrounds, and experiences we bring to our work then the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our talented workforce we look for professionals that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.

Job Description

The Sr 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 Sr 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:

  • Must have at least 18 years of applied experience with a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) OR 16 Years with Associate's Degree, 14 Years with Bachelors in Science; 12 Years with Masters, 9 Years with PhD.

  • Must have a current active DoD Top Secret/SCI with ability to maintaining.

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

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

  • Experience with VMWare implementation, migration, and maintenance.

  • Experience with Cisco, Brocade, and Palo Alto 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.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program (SAP/SAR) clearance within 365 days of required paperwork submission.

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: $178,800 - $268,100

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.

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