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Systems Administrator or Principal Systems Administrator

Requisition ID: R10076182

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Buffalo, NY, 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, 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 the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We’re looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization 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!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Systems Administrator or Principal Systems Administrator based out of Buffalo, NY and become part of Northrop Grumman's Amherst Systems; an organization focused on the development and production of state-of-the-art Simulation Systems solutions.

What You'll get to Do:

  • Maintain smooth operation of multi-user computer systems, including coordination with network administrators.
  • Apply security measures and hardening to computing systems.
  • Installing, hardening and patching Linux/Windows operating systems.
  • Implement recovery procedures to include backup and potential restoration.
  • Maintain the plan of action and milestones (POA&M) for cybersecurity vulnerabilities; create and maintain installation, maintenance, and upgrade procedures. 
  • Perform security content automation protocol (SCAP) test, perform manual checks to verify compliance with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide. 
  • Conduct systems security audits against requirements with Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS).
  • Interact with users and evaluate vendor products.
  • Make recommendations to purchase hardware and software, coordinate installation and provide backup recovery procedures.
  • Develop and document technical processes and procedures as needed.
  • The Systems Administrator may also set up administrator and service accounts, maintain system documentation, tune system performance and install system wide software.
  • The successful candidate will be strong in Linux/Unix administration and will preferably have experience with Windows Administration.
  • Design, develop, automate, and maintain productivity tools using programming, database or scripting languages to improve software configuration management release process
  • Configuration Management tool administration (GitHub, Jira, Jenkins, SonarQube, Confluence)

*This position may be filled as a Systems Administrator or a Principal Systems Administrator based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications for a Systems Administrator:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant IT experience. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with Software Development.
  • Must have Red Hat or CentOS Linux System Administration
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment.
  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) Secret clearance.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Systems Administrator:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant IT experience. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with Software Development.
  • Red Hat or CentOS Linux System Administration.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment.
  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) Secret clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SELinux configuration experience
  • PAM Module experience
  • Vulnerability scanning experience using SCC/openSCAP/ACAS/Nessus
  • RMF STIG / JSIG
  • Virtual Machine management – VMware
  • Experience with Windows Operating Systems/System Administration
  • Experience in computer/network hardening
  • Experience with CISCO network switches
  • Experience with Red Hat Linux Operating Systems
  • Experience generating and installing software applications
  • Experience with tools such as GitHub, JIRA, Jenkins, SonarQube, Confluence
  • Experience working on Department of Defense (DOD) software configuration management efforts
  • Experience working on business or engineering full life-cycle projects from project inception through launch

Salary Range: $70,100 USD - $105,100 USD
Salary Range 2: $86,300 USD - $129,500 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.