Chief Data Architect (Staff Level; Top Secret Clearance Required; San Diego CA)San Diego, 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Chief Data Architect to join our team of diverse, qualified individuals within our Systems Engineering organization in San Diego, CA.

You will combine the attributes of a technology visionary, strategist, and a results-oriented technical project lead of specific strategic initiatives across the disciplines of data science, architecture, storage, analytics and dissemination. This role will need your collaborative leadership style, and the ability to drive technical maturation/evolution across a portfolio of programs, contracts, and Operating Units that will often have varied and/or conflicting needs. Your success will see you act as the Subject Matter Expert for all aspects of data acquisition, harmonization, processing, storage, analysis, and dissemination across varied data formats, technologies and distribution/network protocols.

Essential Functions:

  • Technical leadership and Product Ownership for all phases of the product lifecycle, with specific, immediate needs including the development of offsite storage and extensible data dissemination solutions.

  • Provide enterprise-level strategic direction and supports expansion of the mission set, focusing on the conversion of raw data into actionable information.

  • Advise the leadership team on analytics value opportunities.

  • Ensure the right solutions are being developed, with direct insight from, and collaboration with, end-user/customer counterparts.

  • Directly lead the technical execution of their capabilities/products, including ownership of the requirements and design, and serves as the primary PoC for reach-back.

  • Provide technical leadership over any/all suppliers/subcontractors.

  • Support risk mitigation and opportunity generation.

  • Decompose the Solution Backlog, and prioritizes Epics and User Stories. Is the approval authority for the completion of Features and Epics.

  • Lead knowledge share/management activities for all disciplines of data acquisition-analysis-dissemination.

  • Develop and lead the establishment of data standards.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, 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.

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor's of Science in a STEM discipline AND 14 Years of related professional/military experience in Systems Engineering, OR a Master's Degree AND 12 years of related professional/military experience in Systems Engineering, OR a PhD with 9 years of related military/professional experience in Systems Engineering.

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

  • Must have previous technical project lead experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree, or other relevant, advanced, technical degree

  • Demonstrated experience being a technical project lead and Product Ownership accountable to the outcome of the solutions developed

  • Demonstrated understanding of data acquisition, storage, processing and analysis technologies, including big data challenges and solutions

  • General understanding of network protocols and data dissemination strategies

  • Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of developments at the intersection of data science and technology

  • Experience engaging cross-functional teams to build a strong data infrastructure

  • Excellent communication and presentation development skills

  • Self-directed leader

  • Skilled at defining, motivating and driving change across multiple contracts/business areas with a dual focus on supporting the end-user mission and ensuring business value

  • Advanced technical knowledge of data science and data architecture

  • Proven understanding of statistics, structured and unstructured data analysis, predictive modeling techniques and data visualization as well as a good command of emerging methodologies like Artificial Intelligence

  • Recognized experience as a thought leader and innovator in the development of new tools, methodologies and problem-solving approaches

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

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.