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Principal VDI Systems Administrator

Requisition ID: R10056568

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location Icon Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA   |  Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 more
  • 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, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 is seeking a Principal level VDI Administrator / VMWare / vSphere Nutanix Systems Administrator to join its dynamic team of technical professionals in Redondo Beach, CA (secondary location is Rolling Meadows, IL). 

This is an opportunity for a virtual desktop infrastructure administrator, supporting VMware View / vSphere on Nutanix hosts, in order to maintain VDI in a DoD classified data center. And we are seeking a virtualization professional to be responsible for performing operations and maintenance tasks within the enterprise environment.

Roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Operate and maintain the Nutanix hosts and VMware software to provide the internal programs and our suppliers with virtualized desktop services

  • Troubleshoot and resolve major and minor issues with the virtualized infrastructure including opening and managing support tickets with vendors (Nutanix, EMC, VMware) as needed

  • Perform as the technical lead on a Desktop virtualization team that operates a multi-tenant VDI environment on classified networks

  • Act as the senior escalation point on the team

  • Mentor and train junior/mid-level team members on troubleshooting, maintenance, and administration of the Enterprise VDI environment

  • Utilize available tools to determine performance baselines, identify deviations from the baseline, and make recommendations to improve performance

  • Develop and document SOPs and KB articles for the operations team and help desk

  • Continuously evaluate the system for improvement opportunities and make recommendation for enhancement

  • Have an in-depth understanding of how the VDI system interacts with and is dependent on other core IT infrastructure and systems

  • Maintain the security compliance and configuration management of the VDI system

  • Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, with internal and external customers, in written and oral format

  • Recommend and implement system enhancements that will improve the performance and reliability of the system including installing, upgrading/patching, monitoring, problem resolution, and configuration management

  • Provide backup and recovery services; manage file systems and disk space; manage virus protection on a routine basis

  • Test new releases of products to ensure compatibility and minimize user impact

  • Make recommendations to purchase hardware, software, and system components

  • Interact, meet, discuss, and troubleshoot issues with vendors; evaluate vendor products, services, and suggestions

  • Adhere to strict Information Systems security guidelines in all cases

  • Maintain security audit and logging information on all classified networked and standalone computers as directed by the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM)

  • Prepare security documentation for input to Computer Security

  • Report project status as required for all recurring and non-recurring efforts

  • Work under minimal direction and independently determine and develop approach to solutions.   

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Master's degree with 3 years of IT experience is required: OR a Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of IT experience; OR an Associate degree with 7 years of IT experience; OR High School Diploma or GED with 9 years of IT experience

  • Must have a current DoD 8570 IAT level 2 baseline certification (examples include: Security+ CE, CCNA-Security, GSEC, GICSP, CND, SSCP); OR must have the ability to obtain the certification within 6 months of start date

  • Experience managing and maintaining VMware Horizon View

  • An in-depth knowledge of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) technologies

  • Experience in Core VMware technology including VMware vSphere, vCenter, Application Virtualization, and Horizon View

  • Experience with and knowledge of Windows Server and Desktop Environments (Windows 10, Windows Server 2012R2, 2016 and 2019)

  • Must have an understanding of the desktop image build process and recompose efforts

  • Experience with VDI profile management solutions, specifically Profile Unity

  • Experience with hyper-converged virtualizations platforms, specifically Nutanix

  • Experience with Application Virtualization in a VDI environment

  • Experience managing printers in a VMware VDI environment

  • Ability to lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds

  • Ability to work after hours and weekends as needed

  • Candidates must have a current DOD Secret level security clearance in order to be considered

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have a Master's degree in a STEM related discipline, a Security+ CE, and 5 years of experience administrating Microsoft Exchange Server, and Skype for Business, in both classified and unclassified environments

  • Experience operating under and managing systems within NISPOM Chapter 8, DCID 6/3-ICD 503, RMF, STIG, JAFAN, or JSIG information system environments.

  • Strong background planning, implementing, sustaining, and administering Exchange 2016 and Skype for business

  • Experience with Scripting/Automation through Exchange PowerShell or other scripting languages

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills     

  • Hands-on experience in a lead role migrating from hybrid or on-prem Exchange to Exchange online or administering Exchange in a hybrid and cloud environment

  • Experience with disaster recovery and high availability

  • Certifications in Core VMware technology including VMware vSphere, vCenter, Application Virtualization, and Horizon View

  • Currently valid Security+ CE, CASP, CISSP, or similar security certification

  • Windows domain architecture experience

  • Understanding of basic networking, including subnets, routing, and VLANs; Cisco experience and/or certification

  • Windows AD, LDAP, VMWare, and knowledge of SAN storage systems

  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring tools (HBSS/Solar Winds/Splunk)

  • Experience with Certification & Accreditation process

  • DoD 8570 Certification in a primary OS (Windows, Linux, Cisco)

  • Currently active Top Secret/SCI clearance is desirable 

This position reports to Rolling Meadows, IL, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Redondo Beach, CA, CA, USA.


Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $138,400 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.