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Principal OR Sr Principal Cyber Sys Eng/ Lab Operations

Requisition ID: R10072989

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

This requisition may be filled at the higher grade level depending on the requirements listed below.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Lab Operations Principal OR Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals. This position will be located in Palmdale, CA.

This position is for a Lab Operations Principal Cyber Systems Engineer in Palmdale, California. This position will entail maintaining smooth operation of multi-user computer systems, including coordination with network administrators. Interacting with users and evaluating vendor products. Making recommendations to purchase hardware and software, coordinating installation and providing backup recovery. Develops and monitors policies and standards for allocation related to the use of computing resources. Ancillary duties may include setting up administrator and service accounts, maintaining system documentation, tuning system performance, installing system wide software and allocating mass storage space.  Lab Operations Cyber supports multiple shifts.  Training will occur on first shift; however, successful candidate may be placed on second shift or weekend shift additional compensation applies to alternate shifts.

Essential Functions:
•    Maintain availability of Test Station and Software Development Environment 
•    Ensure systems adhere to program configuration and data management plans
•    Ensure Lab Operations Policy and Procedures as being executed and updated 
•    Establish strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and support certification and accreditation of systems
•    Periodically conduct a complete review of system audits and monitor corrective actions

Basic Qualifications for Principal (level 3):

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of cyber and/or systems administration experience; OR Master’s Degree and 3+ years; OR 9+ years of experience  in lieu of degree

  • DoD 8570 Level 2 Certification, such as Security+ CE 

  • A current in scope DoD Secret security clearance is required to start

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain program access prior to commencement of employment

  • Requires experience with setting up administrator and service accounts, maintaining system documentation, tuning system performance, installing system wide software and allocating mass storage space

Basic Qualifications for Sr Principal (level 4):

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 9+ years of cyber and/or systems administration experience; OR Master’s Degree and 7+ years; OR 13+ years of experience in lieu of degree

  • DoD 8570 Level 2 Certification, such as Security+ CE 

  • A current in scope DoD Secret security clearance is required to start

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain program access prior to commencement of employment

  • Requires experience with setting up administrator and service accounts, maintaining system documentation, tuning system performance, installing system wide software and allocating mass storage space

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Systems Administration experience, to include Windows, Linux, and VM environments

  • Cybersecurity/Information Assurance experience 

  • Understanding of enterprise-level computing platforms involving virtualization, distribution and high availability

  • Experience implementing storage allocation, reclamation, replication and migration

  • Experience operating and configuring security relevant tools such as Splunk and Nessus


Salary Range: $111,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $138,300 USD - $207,500 USD

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.