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Sr. Principal Linux System Administrator

Requisition ID: R10066847

  • 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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 Space Systems – Launch and Missile Defense Systems has an exciting career opportunity for a Sr. Principal Linux System Administrator to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Huntsville, AL.

Position Overview:


The selected Sr. Principal Linux System Administrator will provide support for the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) program. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining the physical, functional, and technical requirement baselines necessary to describe the desired capabilities of an evolving BMDS Battle Management, Command & Control, and Communications (C2BMC) system.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide critical system administration of the software development and ancillary lab environments
  • Responsible for overall day-to-day operations, system security and availability
  • Providing response to security incidents
  • Install, configure, monitor, manage and maintain all Linux based servers and workstations
  • Create and maintain Linux server documentation
  • Recommend system enhancements, including but not limited to, servers, applications, storage, processes and procedures
  • Assist the help desk in responding end users requests/issues
  • The selected candidate must possess the ability to work in a fast-paced environment providing coordination of activities within the Development organization.
  • The candidate must be a self -starter who is able to initiate research and evaluate new software development tools, processes and procedures.

Basic Qualifications (BQs):

  • Bachelor’s Degree 9 years of related experience, or a Master's Degree and 7 years of related experience, or 4 years of experience with a PhD.
  • Strong experience in Linux system administration and security implementation
  • Experience with Ansible playbook development and management
  • SE Linux and Red Hat repository administration
  • CompTIA Security+ (or equivalent) DoD 8570.01M IAT Level II – Certification
  • A final U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with STIG compliance via Ansible
  • Knowledge of MFA Authentication implementation
  • Windows and Active Directory experience
  • Experience with HP Onboard Administrator configuration/management
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance.

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

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.