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Principal Systems Administrator

Requisition ID: R10033082

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Annapolis Junction, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

Develops computer systems specifications that address business requirements and that fit with the company's system architecture standards. Establishes and documents system parameters and formats, ensures hardware and software systems compatibility and coordinates and/or modifies system parameters in terms of existing and projected computer capacity and capabilities. Revises existing systems and procedures to correct deficiencies and maintain more effective data handling, conversion, input/output requirements, and storage.

The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Information Security organization supporting the Intelligence and Incident Response Team infrastructure deployed to the Northrop Grumman Managed Network (NGMN). Northrop Grumman’s Intelligence and Response (I&R) team, is tasked with a unique cyber mission to provide counterintelligence and cyber threat protection to Northrop Grumman’s intellectual property, networks and sensitive data against a variety of highly skilled adversaries. 

The I&R team is looking for an experienced and highly motivated system administrator to join our Operations Support team and assist with installing hardware and software, maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting various mission critical systems. These solutions support and integrate with various operating system platforms within the NGMN.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Management of Linux servers, storage devices, and networking equipment
  • Enforcing server security policies 
  • Managing back-ups and replication schemes 
  • Automating the management and monitoring of systems
  • Analyzing vendor products and making recommendations to purchase hardware and software. 
  • Generate reports on operational problems, plans, and progress. 
  • Write or contribute to standard operating procedures and other documents. 

This shall include providing status on all non-recurring projects and infrastructure activities, ensuring that all formal processes, procedures and work instructions are followed appropriately, and that all customer requirements are met by all engineering designs and installations.

Work outside of normal work hours to support operational requirements as needed is required. Occasional travel within the US and possibly abroad to NG facilities and data centers is required.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Must be eligible to obtain a DoD Secret clearance with the ability to upgrade to a DoD Top Secret Clearance.
  • Must have a Master's Degree with 3 years of experience OR a Bachelor's Degree with 5 years of experience or an Associate's Degree with 7 years of experience OR a High School Diploma/GED with 9 years of experience.
  • Must have Linux server administration experience
  • Must have experience with Scripting languages (Perl,Python,PHP) 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 4 years of systems administration related to Computer Network Defense analytical tools. Equivalent education or experience will be considered.Experience with cyber defense infrastructurecomponents (e.g. SIEM, IDS, proxy, etc.)
  • Experience with cloud-based cyber operations
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Excellent communications skills 

Salary Range: $92,200 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

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 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.