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PARCS Lead Systems Architect - Sr. Principal Engineer Systems

at Northrop Grumman Corporation

Posted: 10/14/2019
Job Reference #: 19026625

Job Description

At Northrop Grumman, we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. 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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.
The Engineering & Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  Come be a part of our mission!
Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems Sector organization is seeking applicants for a position on the Sustainment and Modernization of Radar Sensors (SMORS) program as a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer. This position will serve as a Lead System Architect on the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) Systems Engineering team. This position will be located in Colorado Springs, CO.
The candidate will support modernization of the PARCS radar controller. This will include leading system architecting activities consistent with international systems engineering standards and best practices, such as ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 and ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288.
What You'll Get to Do:
  • Lead Architecture Planning activities, such as:
    • Defining architecture strategy and approach
    • Defining evaluation criteria based on stakeholder concerns and key requirements
    • Developing architecture viewpoints
  • Lead Architecture Development activities, such as:
    • Defining system context and interfaces
    • Developing models and views of candidate architectures (conceptual, logical, and physical)
    • Allocating system functions and constraints to architectural entities
  • Lead Architecture Evaluation activities, such as
    • Assessing each candidate architecture against requirements and constraints
    • Selecting the preferred architecture(s) while capturing key decisions and rationale
    • Establishing the architecture baseline
  • Lead the development of System Architecture Descriptions and associated artifacts, such as system design descriptions consistent with DOD Data Item Description guidance
  • Provide system architecting activities in support of
    • Requirements Engineering (i.e., stakeholder requirements definition and analysis)
    • Design Definition (i.e., design specification, design alternative assessment)
  • Support Architecture Management activities, such as:
    • Obtaining stakeholder acceptance of  the architecture
    • Maintaining concordance and completeness of architectural entities
    • Organizing, assessing, and controlling evolution of the architecture models
    • Maintaining bi-directional traceability between requirements and architecture
  • Support the systems engineering team in implementing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to capture radar controller behavior, structure, and interfaces
  • Support the development of radar controller architectural views using the Systems Modeling Language (SysML)
  • Prepare and present technical briefings to senior leadership and Air Force customer stakeholders



 Basic Qualifications:
  • Education/experience: 9 Years with Bachelors in Science; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD. within a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited college
  • Active Secret security clearance
  • Experience performing system architecting activities
  • Preparing for and presenting at milestone briefings (e.g., SRR, PDR, CDR)
  • Experience architecting in a tool-based environment using standards-based languages (e.g., Systems Modeling Language [SysML], PTC Integrity Modeler, Cameo EA/MagicDraw, etc.)
  • Leading SE activities on a team, combining appropriate competencies
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Utilizing results of system analysis activities to inform system architectural design
  • Generating alternative architectural designs traceable to requirements
  • Transforming architectural characteristics into design characteristics
  • Selecting appropriate modeling or analysis approach to support architecture development
  • Identifying stakeholder concerns and developing associated architecture viewpoints
  • Performing structured analysis to develop system functional hierarchies, identify functional flows and interfaces, derive and allocate requirements, and analyze functional flow graph(s)
  • Performing object-oriented analysis to develop system logical hierarchies, identify logical interfaces, allocate requirements, and analyze logical flows
  • Partitioning between discipline technologies and collaborating with specialists to derive discipline specific requirements
  • Developing alternative physical architectures leveraging results from technology analysis
  • Evaluating the suitability of architecture designs and associated analyses
  • Assessing a range of architectural designs and justifying the selection of the optimum solution
  • Developing and maintaining system architecture specifications throughout the lifecycle
  • Defining and analyzing system models to validate requirements completeness and consistency
  • Tracking key aspects of the evolving design solution to adjust the architecture as needed
  • Leading the integration of different models and analyses for a complex system
  • Reverse engineering and defining structure, interfaces, behavior, and requirements from legacy documentation
  • Analyzing phased array radar system performance related to beam steering calculation & real-time digital control
  • Specifying requirements for, architecting, or verifying radar subsystem assemblies
  • Modeling radar system functions (transmit, receive, waveform generation, beam steering, signal processing, etc.)
  • Defining system architecting plans, processes, and appropriate tools to control and monitor system architectural design
  • Demonstrated full understanding of architectural design and functional analysis techniques and their appropriateness, given the levels of complexity of the system of interest
  • Assisting with assessment of system failures and the preparation of design change to rectify such failures
  • Familiar with the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) or Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP).
  • Proficiency with the Systems Modeling Language (SysML)
  • Proficiency with commercially available architecting tools such as PTC Integrity Modeler, Cameo EA/MagicDraw, etc.
  • Coordinating SE planning and execution across a complex system
  • Mentoring new and experienced practitioners in system architecture design
  • Preparing plans for managing SE activities as part of a wider project plan
  • Assisting with the measurement, assessment and reporting of SE tasks against plans
  • Assisting with the identification, assessment, and analysis of risks and deployment of mitigation activities
  • Assisting with selection of decision criteria and trade studies
  • Supporting coordination of concurrent engineering activities
  • Familiar with key stages in the acquisition of a system, product or service
  • Assisting with generation and maintenance of a data dictionary and technical data library
  • Generating documentation in support of configuration change control activities
  • Collaborating with project management in support of project monitoring and control
  • Understands the need to estimate, budget, and control costs associated with project execution
  • Assisting with logistics activities such as development of maintenance concepts, sparing analysis, identification and acquisition of support equipment
  • Assisting with identifying and measuring quality characteristics
What We Can Offer You:
Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your benefits will include the following:
Health Plan
Savings Plan
Paid Time Off
Education Assistance
Training and Development
Flexible Work Arrangements
Additional Northrop Grumman Information:
Northrop Grumman has approximately 85,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.
Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.
Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world

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.