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Solution Architect (Contract)

Job Description
The Cyber Solutions Division of Northrop Grumman are seeking a talented Technical Architect to join our team in London, working within a rapidly growing
environment. Outpacing the rapidly evolving cyber threat demands constant innovation, this is an immediate opportunities for an experienced Technical Architect to design innovative solutions to complex cyber security problems.
Different thinking for a Different world


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide. In Europe, we are among the leading defence and security suppliers with 2,500 employees and long-established businesses in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Netherlands.

We are involved in a range of future game-changing programmes. Whether this is as a partner in the F-35 Lightning II providing the aircraft with its situational awareness and communications, as a specialist in cyber and intelligence datasets, as the pre-eminent provider of High Altitude Long Endurance unmanned aircraft, or as the ‘go to’ provider for open system architectures for battlespace networks, communications, and command and control, our reputation as an innovator is unparalleled.


How you will make a difference



Successful candidate responsibilities will include, logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints and to perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detailed trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications. Solution design will have a technical focus, but also encompass people, process, information and facilities to ensure effective operation in the customer enterprise.


Person Specification:


The ideal candidate:


  • Has experience of secure system design;
  • Has experience of Lean/Agile development practices;
  • Has experience of systems integration;
  • Has experience of architecture;
  • Has experience of Micro-Services architecture;
  • Will have knowledge of a broad range of IT technologies such as Java applications frameworks (Spring, Play) NoSQL, ElasticSearch, Kafka, Hadoop and Mongo;
  • Be able to identify the right technologies, current and future to implement best design
  • Be aware of new technologies 
  • Have experience designing large, scalable systems and applications
  • Has experience of working with customers to determine and elaborate requirements in often complex and uncertain environments;
  • Has experience of designing and developing system-of-system solutions to meet user requirements. They will have an understanding of software development processes;
  • Will understand and transform customer requirements and business practices into solution designs
  • Is capable of developing and delivering presentations to audiences of varying seniority and technical expertise;
  • Will have knowledge of a broad range of IT technologies.


    Essential Criteria: 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent;
  • Must have demonstrated team skills and ability to work closely with customers;
  • Familiar with architecture tools such as Artisan Studio, Enterprise Architect, MOOD, or similar;
  • Experience in design, system integration and test of quality software and/or systems that seeks to address challenging IT and security requirements;
  • Must have demonstrated aspects of system security design;
  • Understand and apply the INCOSE System Engineering processes.


    Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with Test Driven Development;
  • Experience in mentoring/technical coaching of junior members of the team;
  • Experience or interest in User Experience (UX) techniques and designing and developing user interfaces;
  • Capable of drafting and supporting proposals;
  • Experience of UK Government working practices.


    Additional information for your consideration...

    You will need to be able to hold and maintain UK Government clearances

    Being a part of Northrop Grumman gives you the opportunity to use your skills to make a difference in our mission of enabling global security. Our company grows because of our employees' dedication and commitment to achieving our mission, something we always remember. In return for working for us you will have access to a benefits package that provides you with flexibility to balance your professional career with your personal life, health & well-being benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development.

    We are committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status, including race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.