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Principal or Sr. Principal Computer Systems Architect

Requisition ID: R10067926

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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.

Join Northrop Grumman – Xetron, part of Mission Systems sector, focused on the development of new capabilities for our military and intelligence customers around the globe.

Remember when you were eager about getting to work because of the excitement of the challenge, the importance of the solution, and the fun you had with your team? Northrop Grumman - Xetron is that kind of place!

As a small Operating Unit of the larger Northrop Grumman Corporation located in Cincinnati Ohio, Xetron is a rare example of a company with a small business culture operating collaboratively with its larger business entity. This unique relationship offers employees the ability to literally know everyone at the site at a personal level while still working on technologies and products that are beyond state-of-the-art. You’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise with team members at all levels.

We are seeking a mid-career to senior, cleared or clearable Computer Systems Architect with knowledge of Information Assurance processes and the ability to quickly learn procedures per Northrop Grumman Information Security and Contract Security organizations.  Ideal candidates will possess an active Top Secret/SCI security clearance. The applicant will be expected to support a variety of diverse, and dynamic environments. The position requires supporting multiple engineering areas that have incorporated COTS hardware and operating systems with custom applications into their test systems and operational products.

Essential Functions:
  • Administration of Linux (RHEL/CentOS/Debian/Ubuntu) servers and workstations

  • Administration of Windows workstations and servers (Win10, and Win2016/2019)

  • Administration of Networking equipment (Cisco switches, firewalls, or similar)

  • Administration of VMware environments and storage appliances (i.e. NetApp or similar)

  • Installing, configuring, and supporting Engineering applications (GitHub, Atlassian, Jenkins, etc)

  • Installing, configuring, and supporting Communication/Administration applications (Exchange, Office, Mattermost, etc)

  • Use of Compliance and Remediation tools (i.e. Nessus, SCC SCAP Scanner, STIG Viewer)

Basic Qualifications for Principal Architect level:
  • 5+ years of relevant systems management experience with a STEM Bachelor's degree; or 3+ years of experience with a STEM Master's degree

  • US Citizenship and ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

  • Experience administering Linux (RHEL/CentOS/Debian/Ubuntu) servers and workstations

  • Experience administering VMware environments and storage appliances (i.e. NetApp or similar)

  • Able to work in Beavercreek, OH up to 1 day per week

Basic Qualifications for Senior Principal Architect Level:
  • 9+ years of relevant systems management experience with a STEM Bachelor's degree; or 7+ years of experience with a STEM Master's degree; or 5+ years of experience with a STEM PhD. Degree

  • US Citizenship and ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

  • Experience administering Linux (RHEL/CentOS/Debian/Ubuntu) servers and workstations

  • Experience administering VMware environments and storage appliances (e.g. NetApp or similar)

  • Able to work in Beavercreek, OH up to 1 day per week

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Active Top Secret/SCI Clearance

  • Meets DOD 8570 IAT Level 2+ requirements for security certs or be in the process of obtaining one. (e.g. CISSP, Security+, CASP, etc.)

  • Solid understanding of computer networking (OS configuration, Network switches, Firewalls, Cisco IOS)

  • Performing Backups and Restores using COTS and Open Source tools to implement a disaster recovery plan (Windows and Linux)

  • Implementation of CMMC/DFARS/RMF/DOD Security Controls on Linux and Windows operating systems (e.g. Windows SHB and RHEL SSG builds)

  • Building, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting IT systems hardware (i.e. Workstations, Servers, Storage appliances, network switches, rack & stack)

  • Familiarity with DevSecOps tools and practices (e.g. Configuration Management, Atlassian Tool Suite, etc.)

  • Familiarity with database administration (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, MongoDB)

  • Working experience with scripting languages and automation, such as Bash, Ansible, and/or PowerShell

  • Experienced with SAN/NAS hardware (e.g. NetApp, Linux and Windows file servers, storage appliances)

  • Docker/Kubernetes experience


Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.