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Sr. Staff DevOps Engineer: Cloud Infrastructure Lead (Top Secret) – Dulles, VA

Requisition ID: R10102058

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

We have an opening for a Cloud Infrastructure Lead to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization supporting delivery of Satellite Ground Systems solutions into NG and customer environments. This position will be in Dulles, VA.  This work will primarily be performed in a SCIF environment so onsite work is required.

Job Responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Work with stakeholders to deliver software solutions onto complex OpenStack and hybrid-cloud systems consisting of 750 to 1500 nodes, deployed in 6+ environments with an eye toward current requirements and future needs
  • Automate system deployment, operation, patching, compliance, and maintenance using Infrastructure as Code and Configuration Management tooling
  • Evangelize digital transformation and cloud tooling use both internally within Northrop Grumman and with our customers
  • Collaborate with DevOps teams on other similar programs
  • Lead program Infrastructure team:  play a mentoring role to cross-train, grow technical talent across DevOps team, assist in troubleshooting tasks, and impart vision to team and leadership
  • Document procedures to impart consistent, repeatable processes

To be successful in this role you should demonstrate most of the following:

  • Proven experience working within IT Systems Design, Deployment and Administration, with recent roles in Technical or Team Leadership positions
  • Demonstrable experience designing, deploying, and administering cloud-based solutions
  • Extensive experience of administration of Linux and Windows Operating Systems within large corporate environments
  • Extensive experience of designing, deploying, and troubleshooting IPv4 Networking, including Subnetting, OSPF Routing, VLANs and VPNs
  • Experience of automating tasks using Ansible, Bash, PowerShell, Puppet or Terraform
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround times and shifting priorities
  • Proven troubleshooting skills and willingness to take on unfamiliar challenges 
  • 3+ years of experience with Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Terraform, & Ansible
  • 3+ years of experience in Linux tools/automation and shell scripting
  • 3+ years of experience in Python
  • 1+ years of experience with OpenStack management
  • 3+ years of experience with Docker containerization, Kubernetes (K8s) preferred
  • 3+ years of experience with continuous integration/deployment tools such as Jenkins or GitLab
  • 3+ years creating, executing, and troubleshooting complex, automated processes used to configure servers and/or deploy code

In this role, you will be the infrastructure technical lead for a team of DevOps Automation Engineers, Site Reliability Engineers and System Administrators.

Basic Qualifications

  • Sr. Staff DevOps Engineer – Cloud Infrastructure Lead
    • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field (ideally Computer Science or Engineering) and 14 years of experience; OR a master’s degree and 12 years: OR a PhD and 9 years.  Experience can be considered in lieu of degree
    • 12+ year(s) of DevOps or software development experience
    • 7+ years in a technical leadership role managing technical objectives and Jira metrics reporting
    • U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top-Secret clearance.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

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


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $178,700 USD - $268,100 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.