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Sr Principal Cyber Systems Administrator – 7770

Requisition ID: R10052407

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America
  • 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Administrator.  This position will be located in Huntsville, AL and will support the Sentinel (GBSD) program. 

What You’ll Get To Do: 

Specific duties to include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cyber system administration may include: cyber tool configuration, (i.e. elasticsearch, apache kafka, logstash, auditbeat, filebeat, etc.)
  • Develop enterprise-grade automation in Ansible, Python, and bash utilizing underlying Atlassian infrastructure.
  • Design new systems and help pave the IT path forward for the program.

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.  

Job Qualifications: 

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • 10 years with Bachelors, 4 additional years of experience may be used in lieu of a degree; 8 years with Masters
  • Current DoD Secret clearance (adjudicated within the past 5 years) with US Citizenship and ability to obtain/retain TS clearance and PAR within 365 days from submission.
  • Experience in Aerospace and/or System Engineering.
  • Hands-on, in-depth experience working on the Linux terminal, with a solid foundation of all Linux fundamental skills, including but not limited to: IdM/IPA, syslog, SSH, X.509/PKI, GDM, firewalld, SELinux, package management, process management, LVM and partitioning, kickstart, encryption, HBAC/RBAC, user management, etc.
  • Hands on, in-depth technical experience with cyber tools to include (elasticsearch, logstash, fluentd, auditbeat, etc.)
  • Hands on experience with Istio Security
  • Active IAT Level II certification (e.g. Security+), or higher

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Command line and GUI experience with Git (Bitbucket preferred, Gitlab accepted)
  • In-depth experience with Ansible - writing YAML (playbooks, roles, etc), configuring systems at run time, and troubleshooting.
  • Python and shell scripting ability
  • Experience configuring and maintaining VMware vSphere 7, preferably API-based interactions using Ansible.
  • Self-starter, with a proven ability to troubleshoot issues in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Basic understanding of IPv4 networking fundamentals.
  • Basic understanding of information assurance principles in the DoD/IC environment.
  • Deep knowledge of deploying secure applications using Kubernetes or other similar tooling
  • General user experience configuring and administering Linux applications
  • Proven experience executing Security Hardening on diverse LINUX and Windows Operating Systems based on approved DISA STIGs and SRGs
  • Familiarity with scripting Windows Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Experience scripting, installing, and testing patches on system hosts
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management
  • Understanding of SCRUM and AGILE methodology.
  • Experience Cross Domain Guards
  • Experience with GemOne Key management software
  • Experience with JIRA/Confluence/GitLab
  • Experience with HAIPE encryption
  • Experience with various comsec devices ie. SKL or other key loaders.
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Microsoft Domain Controller, Red Hat IdM, Keycloak, Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Static Application Security Testing (SAST)
  • Nexus Lifecycle ,Coverity, SonarQube, Micro Focus Fortify, Twistlock, Contrast, JFrog Xray
  • End Point Protection (includes virus scanning)
  • McAfee (DISA HBSS), Carbon Black
  • Audit Logs
  • VMWare vRealize Operations (vROps), Splunk, ArcSight

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage 
  • 401k 
  • Educational Assistance 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions  
  • Paid Time Off  
  • Health & Wellness Resources  
  • Employee Discounts 


Salary Range: $103,900 USD - $155,900 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.