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Cyber R&D Principal Investigator

Grand Prairie, Texas & Additional Locations

Grand Prairie, Texas; Orlando, Florida

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Job ID: 639463BR Date posted: Aug. 23, 2023 Program: CS
Description:Are you seeking a rewarding career as a leading Cyber Security Architect Principal who will research, develop, and deliver leading-edge security solutions to solve the most important national security problems? As risks to hardware, software, and supply chains continue to rise, the world needs advanced solutions to mitigate growing vulnerabilities. Through the research, development, and delivery of advanced secure technologies, your technical leadership helps to protect critical platform/weapon systems from increasingly sophisticated threats. Working with innovative teams in a cutting-edge and technically challenging environments, you will make a global difference by leading Research & Development (R&D) that helps our customers keep people safe.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC) Advanced Programs (AP) is seeking a Cyber Architect Principal responsible for leading cyber security projects. Candidates should be experienced in research, development, and transition of advanced technology development programs within the Department of Defense (DoD) for embedded cyber (i.e. securing systems/software), hardware (i.e. trust/assured microelectronics), or product security (i.e. red teaming, penetration testing, and program assessments of DoD weapon systems). The ideal candidate is an established cyber security expert with an entrepreneurial streak who has experience working Government Contract Research & Development (CRAD) programs.

Roles and responsibilities include performing on advanced programs, leading technology development teams, developing security solutions/technologies, and supporting customer needs. A successful candidate will work effectively throughout the Lockheed Martin organization, both vertically and horizontally, to build strong working team relationships in the advancement of cyber resilient systems. You will demonstrate a strong ability to work across organizational boundaries and jurisdictions and lead technical teams in the development of advanced security solutions.

Lockheed Martin’s vision is to be the global leader in support of our customers' missions, strengthening security, and advancing scientific discovery. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. We deliver full-spectrum cyber capabilities and cyber resilient systems to our defense, intelligence community, and global security customers. Lockheed Martin is inspired by their missions and dedicated to helping governments and militaries around the world protect their platforms, systems, networks, and data.

Lockheed Martin has a world class benefits package and a Flex 4/10 work schedule where you would have every Friday off!

This position may be eligible for the Cyber Compensation Plan (CCP) providing an opportunity to receive additional compensation for performance measured against individual goals.

Relocation assistance is possible for this unique opportunity to either our Orlando, FL or Grand Prairie, TX locations.

Basic Qualifications:
• Degree in cyber security, software/systems engineering, or computer science.
• A demonstrated engineering leader of Government S&T programs, Principal Investigator, or related technical leadership role for embedded cyber security R&D. A subject matter expert having demonstrated cyber technical skills on Government programs that develop systems, software, and security platforms. A deep understanding of systems/software engineering, cybersecurity, and hardware assurance.
• Demonstrated Government R&D experience for technologies/research areas such as: cyber resilient systems, software assurance, weapon system cyber vulnerability assessments, and other technologies that improve Government security, performance, and reduce system size, weight, power, or cost.
• Experienced in cyber architecture, engineering, or Principal Investigator (PI) on fast-paced, complex research, and advanced technology development programs. A successful track record to identify and implement advanced technologies funded by Government Contract Research and Development (CRAD) and Internal Research And Development (IRAD).
• Current knowledge of the Government S&T (Science & Technologies) environment and acquisition process. Ability to understand and match strategic DoD needs with novel, highly technical, and emerging technologies. Experienced in leading cyber security technical teams and developing advanced concepts opportunities from early concept/trend, through proposal submittal, and technical baseline management of new start programs.

• Team player – Effective at organizing and motivating a diverse set of cyber engineers to act as “one” in the pursuit of common objectives. Builds effective customer, team, and partner relationships. Demonstrated ability to negotiate to a positive outcome with multiple stakeholders that may have different technical/engineering needs and/or constraints.

• An independent worker with a successful track record of delivering high-quality contract deliverables that met or exceeded customer expectations.
• Experience with aerospace/defense products and services such as sensors, platforms, computing solutions and combat, missile, rocket, manned and unmanned systems. Embedded software/hardware expertise and experience for DoD platforms.

• An active Secret clearance; ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
Desired Skills:
• Technical lead on R&D programs with Government S&T customers. Examples may include: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Intelligence Community (IC), Office of Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering (OSD R&E), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and Classified customers.

• Strong verbal and written skills to clearly articulate complex technology development and research strategies to both internal and external audiences.

• Experienced in DoD technology development lifecycles; ideally from early concept identification, thru development/prototyping, and then the integration into customer product lines and core businesses.

•Successfully worked across organizations to effectively solve national security issues to include emerging cyber, microelectronics, and DoD/IC market and technology trends. A proven record of helping to win first phase DoD R&D programs and their follow-on phases through the successful delivery of high-quality technical work products and advanced technology demonstrations.

• Applicant’s research has resulted in contracts awarded by Government customers and is recognized as a cyber security subject matter expert. An expert who is experienced in security technology development (systems/software/microelectronics/supply chain) and implementation for Government customers and DoD platforms/weapon systems.
Security Clearance Statement: This position requires a government security clearance, you must be a US Citizen for consideration.
Clearance Level: Secret
Other Important Information You Should Know
Expression of Interest: By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.
Ability to Work Remotely: Part-time Remote Telework: The employee selected for this position will work part of their work schedule remotely and part of their work schedule at a designated Lockheed Martin facility. The specific weekly schedule will be discussed during the hiring process.
Work Schedules: Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.
Schedule for this Position: 4x10 hour day, 3 days off per week
Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
Experience Level: Experienced Professional
Relocation Available: Possible
Career Area: Cyber Security Architect
Type: Full-Time
Shift: First
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Lockheed Martin is the leader of cyber security defense, cyber operations and sensitive data protection. We employ the world's best cyber minds from diverse fields – people who are passionate about and empowered by our customers' missions. Lockheed Martin's best-in-cyber teams are experts in thinking like the enemy – identifying adversary activity and anticipating advanced persistent threats to strengthen platform defenses, inside and out of our networks.

Our Commitment to Sustainability: We foster innovation, integrity and security to preserve the environment, strengthen diverse communities and propel growth.

Here, the possibilities are endless because we offer:

  • Full Time
  • Level: Entry, Mid, Senior
  • Travel: Minimal, dependent on role

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What does a successful Cyber Security employee at Lockheed Martin look like?
Check out the info below to see if you have what it takes.

  • Analytical

    Advancing technologies and out of the box thinking that enable cyber operations, resulting in inventing solutions that will keep us safe today and into the future.

  • Creative

    Natural curiosity is an absolutely essential trait. Curiosity leads to continual learning which allows you to stay one step ahead of the threat.

  • Curious

    The ability to anticipate hackers’ intent and disrupt their next move is key. Seeking out new weaknesses before they become weaknesses. Proactively learning and updating systems is how we stay ahead of the threat.

  • Proactive

    We have hard problems to solve and we look for people who thrive at solving them, who can see problems from both the defensive and offensive sides.

  • Problem Solver

    Whatever you know today could be different tomorrow as security is constantly changing. Possessing strong technical skills and intellectual depth along with a willingness to continually learn from others is important to adapt to and address the Advanced Persistent Threat.

  • Technologically savvy

    The ability to analyze and disseminate threat intelligence. The ability to analyze and address the root cause, learn from the attack and anticipate the hacker’s next move.

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“Cyber is the most exciting career field! Every day, there's new cyber threat information that we leverage to shape our courses of action when identifying, assessing, developing, integrating, and continuously evaluating the effectiveness of defensive measures.”

Dr. Dawn B., Senior Fellow


  • Healthcare

    Medical, Dental and Vision coverage is available for employees who opt-in.

  • 401(k)/Retirement Plans

    Our 401(k) plan features generous matching and company contributions.

  • Professional Development

    We support our employees through mentoring, internal & external educational programs, networking, skills enhancement and career-building programs, funding for cyber certifications.

  • Maternity and Paternity Leave

    Our generous parental leave policies support your journey into parenthood. When you return to work, our facilities offer mother's rooms to support your transition and work/life balance.

  • Paid Time Off

    We offer PTO, paid holidays and paid time off for jury duty and military obligations.

  • Flex-time

    Depending on the position, we offer flexible work schedules.

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