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Space Principal/Sr Principal Network Engineer

Requisition ID: R10074814

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Polygraph
  • 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.

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, but they’re also making history.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems 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 Space Systems (NGSP) seeks to fill an experienced Principal Network Engineer/Sr. Principal Network Engineer in the Payload and Ground Systems Division Engineering organization supporting Integrated National Systems (INS) Business Unit (BU). This position is located in Linthicum, MD.

This position will assist in the implementation, administration, maintenance and troubleshooting of a diverse Ground Enterprise supporting multiple facilities.  This individual is required to possess intermediate technical skill sets in many aspects of WAN/LAN concepts and technologies when dealing with network hardware and the interconnects associated with routers, firewalls and switches. An intermediate understanding of dynamic routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) are a plus. This candidate with have a very good understanding of firewall implementation processes and concepts, and the management of these devices.  Candidates need to be able to implement Access Control Lists (ACL) via the Command Line Interface (CLI).

Candidates are required to be Security+ certified and willing to voluntarily submit to a polygraph if required after employment.  Candidates must have the ability to work within a group or independently where collaboration and attention to detail is critical to mission success.

Travel to both CONUS and OCONUS locations is required (25%). Occasional 24x7 shift support required.

This requisition may be filled at either the Principal Network Engineer or Senior Principal Network Engineer grade based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal: Bachelor's degree in STEM with 5+years of relevant experience, OR Master's degree with 3+ years, or PhD with 0+ years; 9+ years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree requirement.

  • Sr. Principal: Bachelor's degree in STEM with 9+years of relevant experience, OR Master's degree with 7+ years, or PhD with 4+ years; 13+ years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree requirement.

  • Active TS/SCI or TS with SCI eligibility, and willingness to sit for a polygraph

  • Layer 1 implementation

  • Layer 2 configuration, administration, maintenance

  • Configuration, administration, maintenance of EIGRP (Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol), WAN

  • Firewall configuration, administration and management

  • Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)

  • Cisco NEXUS virtualization

  • Configuration, administration, maintenance of SolarWinds software

  • Entry skill sets of Network Topology diagrams (Primary product is Visio, and utilizing Teamcenter for documentation delivery)

  • Security+ Certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph

  • Call manager experience


Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $132,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $109,100 USD - $163,700 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.