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Principal Computer Systems Architect

Requisition ID: R10105570

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 2

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 on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyber space. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Embark on a journey with Northrop Grumman creating innovative and reliable products for our military and intelligence customers around the globe.  Help us design systems that science fiction writers can only dream up; they’re just that cool!

Join our Northrop Grumman Cincinnati, Ohio location where small business culture operates collaboratively within a larger corporation providing the benefits of both.  This unique relationship offers employees the ability to know everyone at the site while working on technologies and products that are beyond state-of-the-art. You and your team will wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise while learning from the expert next to you. Remember when you were excited about getting to work because the challenge of the problem, the importance of the solution and the fun you had with your team?  It's that kind of place!  But don’t take my word for it.  See for yourself!  See why we receive comments on our YouTube Videos like “This company is insanely advanced” and “Wow. This is mind blowing.”  See some of our recent Awards and Recognition and read about some of the reasons to live in Cincinnati.

We are seeking a cleared or clearable Computer Systems Architect for a critical role in our engineering organization designing, maintaining, and supporting our engineering development systems. This position comes with periodic overtime pay, the ability to work occasionally from home and a flexible work schedule.

This position is part of a team that delivers and maintains computer systems and networks supporting engineering development for technically advanced development programs producing cutting edge hardware and software products. These products support all domains of intelligence and defense battlespaces including land, sea, air, cyber , and space. Many of the problem-sets our customers expect us to solve do not have known solutions, so ingenuity is essential.

To excel in this role, you will have breadth of knowledge in multiple aspects of computer systems including DevSecOps, Automation, and Virtualization as well as depth in one or more of these areas.  Less experienced candidates demonstrating high technological aptitude with a willingness and desire to learn are equally qualified for this position.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Administration and deployment of VMware environments and storage appliances (i.e. NetApp or similar)
  • Installing, configuring, and supporting DevSecOps applications (GitHub, Ansible, Configuration Manager, Jenkins, etc)

Other team responsibilities include:

  • Administration of Windows workstations and servers (Win10, and Win2016/2019)
  • Administration of Linux (RHEL/CentOS/Debian/Ubuntu) servers and workstations
  • Administration of Networking equipment (Cisco switches, firewalls, or similar)
  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems or a related field of study with 5 years of experience or 9 years of experience in lieu of a degree
  • Experience administering VMware environments and storage appliances (e.g. NetApp or similar)
  • Experience with Installing, configuring, and supporting DevSecOps applications (GitHub, Ansible, Configuration Manager, Jenkins, etc)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance per business requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret/SCI Clearance
  • Experience administering Networking equipment (Cisco switches, firewalls, or similar)
  • Meets DOD 8570 IAT Level 2+ requirements for security certs or be in the process of obtaining one. (e.g. CISSP, Security+, CASP, etc.)
  • Performing Backups and Restores using COTS and Open Source tools to implement a disaster recovery plan
  • Implementation of CMMC/DFARS/RMF/DOD Security Controls
  • Building, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting IT systems hardware (i.e. Workstations, Servers, Storage appliances, network switches, rack & stack)
  • Familiarity with database administration (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, MongoDB)
  • Working experience with scripting languages and automation, such as Bash, Ansible, and/or PowerShell
  • Docker/Kubernetes experience

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.


Salary Range: $95,100 USD - $142,700 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.