Principal Computer Systems Architect (Active Top Secret Required; Moderate Travel Required; Beale AFB CA)Beale Afb, CA

Requisition ID: R10145832

  • Category: Information Technology

  • Location: Beale AFB, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 50% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions 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 has an opening for a Principal Computer Systems Architect to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Systems Engineering organization. This role requires up to 50% ability to travel.

In this role, you will lead and maintain the smooth operation of training systems development laboratory.

Essential Functions would include the following:

  • Design and define system architecture for new or existing complex computer systems and supporting labs

  • Determine systems specifications, input/output processes, and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility and maintenance of system security.

  • Coordinate design of subsystems and integration of total system.

  • Identify, analyze, and resolve program support deficiencies.

  • Develop and recommend corrective actions.

  • Consult with software baseline engineers to ensure successful system total design.

  • Plan, evaluate, and coordinate installation and/or reconfiguration of Commercial of the Shelf (COTS) hardware and propriety software builds.

  • Maintain technical expertise in all areas of networks and computer hardware and software interconnection and interfacing, such as routers, multiplexers, firewalls, hubs, bridges, gateways, etc.

  • Prepare or ensure that appropriate network documentation exists, including operational instructions.

  • Provide regular monitoring and network analysis regarding short- and long-range planning for in-house systems.

  • Coordinate third-party maintenance for network equipment.

  • Design network or portion of network that include selection of hardware and software packages.

Additionally, the team will appreciate your:

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

General frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. You will apply your skill and ability to perform moderately complex professional tasks.

Problem Solving Skill

Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of increasing scope and complexity


Your overall work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy.


You will contribute to the completion of significant milestones associated with specific projects. Failure to achieve results or inadequate work product will impact the overall program schedules and allocation of additional resources.

Liaison Skill

Primarily internal company contacts. Infrequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts on routine matters.

While we offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, this specific role also may require occasional odd shifts, weekend work, as well as up to 50% travel. Other benefits include phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Educational assistance is available to employees who want to continue to learn and develop skills/knowledge. Our educational assistance program supports employee development by providing resources such as:

  • Free Education Advice: Call 855-222-2398 to speak with an experienced advisor to tailor an educational program to your career goals and needs.

  • Tuition Savings at Accredited Schools: Access a network of accredited schools in a variety of locations (and online) to take advantage of reduced tuition costs and waived fees.

  • Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline and 5 years of relevant military / professional experience in a computer engineering field OR a master's degree in a STEM discipline with 3 years of relevant military / professional experience in a computer engineering field, or a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline with relevant military / academic / professional experience in a computer engineering field.

  • Must have an active DoD Top Secret (or higher) clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain IAT Level 2 Security Certification (Security+, CySA+, CCNA Security, GICSP, GSEC, SSCP) or an IAT DoD Level 3 Certification (CASP, CCNP-Security, CISA, CISSP, GCED, GCIH)

  • Must be willing to work outside of normally scheduled times, after hours support, and extended workdays. This can include a flex schedule that would include holidays, late-night shifts, and weekends dependent on needs.

  • Must be able and willing to meet medical requirements for worldwide travel. Must have a valid U.S. passport, and be willing to accept customer furnished quarters for a period up to 120 days away from primary work location and comply with mobility requirements such as chemical warfare training and immunizations that may include anthrax and smallpox.

  • Must be willing to travel up to 50%.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A current IAT Level 2 security certification.

  • DoD 8570 IAT Level I Certification (Security+).

  • Experience performing Information Systems Security duties.

  • Experience with the following operating systems and applications:

  • Microsoft Office, Access, and Visio.

  • Integrated Maintenance Data System

  • Unix/Solaris Operating Systems and Principles

  • Windows Server

  • Wide Area (WAN) and Local Area (LAN) networking

  • Group policy design, testing and implementation.

  • Oracle RAC and DB

  • VMware Virtualization

  • Cisco IOS

  • Red Hat Linux

  • Assured Compliance Assessment Solutions (ACAS)

Salary Range: $102,400 - $153,600

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.