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Space Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer – OpenStack

Requisition ID: R10063881

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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 Tactical Space Systems is seeking a Principal/Sr. Principal System Engineer with a hardware and networking background. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.

This position will support Tactical Space Systems Division in their development and deployment of satellite ground software to customer resources. The selected candidate will support hardware and system administration of multiple environments in an Agile / DevOps environment for a critical customer program.


  • Network Engineering – installing, implementing, releasing new equipment / upgrades

  • OpenStack/storage Architecture – providing guidance to Raptor as well as Raptor customer spaces on designing functional clusters at reduced costs.

  • Data Center monitoring – physically checking the Data Center

  • Network Monitoring – As needed bandwidth, connectivity monitoring using netflow analysis or Nagios monitoring in addition to log analysis of our core network.

  • Openstack troubleshooting – deep diving within the director, controllers, compute nodes to diagnose issues as developers and devops folks utilize the infrastructure.

  • Hardware management – periodically supporting stand up and testing of new hardware being evaluated for use by program or customer spaces for raptor.

  • Raptor Enclave emergency response – respond to on site issues within 30 minutes

What You’ll Get to Do:

Come join a truly cross functional team where you are empowered to make changes to make it better immediately. You not only are empowered to solve problems daily, it is the expectation. Find a problem and then solve a problem. We are looking for engineers with a strong bias for action.

  • We are working with leading DevOps practices and tooling (Hashicorp Tools, Gitlab, Bitbucket, Jenkins).

  • Come learn to use a private cloud with OpenStack and VMWare.

  • Help support multiple customers on the product line.


Basic Qualifications:

This position may be performed at a level 3 or level 4 engineer depending on the qualifications, skills, and experience of the candidate.

Systems Engineer 3 - Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 5+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 3+ years of experience.

Systems Engineer 4 - Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 9+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 7+ years of experience.

  • Experience in Network Engineering, Systems Administration, or DevOps.

  • OpenStack with minimum 1 year working experience

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship

  • Knowledge of hardware maintenance and Data Center management practices

  • Experience implementing networking best practices including network routing and firewalls

  • Experience with Linux and Windows operating systems

  • Experience in scripting –I.e. Shell, bash, ruby, perl

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or active Top Secret level clearance and the ability to obtain SCI level access

  • Experience with Terraform

  • Experience automating routine procedures using Ansible

  • Extensive Experience with OpenStack

  • Knowledge of DevSecOps principals

  • CompTIA Security+ (or equivalent) DoD 8 570.01-M IAT Level II Certification

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.