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Principal Linux Systems Administrator (Top Secret)

Requisition ID: R10098716

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • Location Location: Manhattan Beach, CA, USA   |  Redondo Beach, CA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Strategic Space Systems Division has an opening for a Principal Computers Systems Architect to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.

The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman's Space programs that provides specialized IT support to Restricted, DOD, and Unclassified environments.  This position requires knowledge and adherence to Information Assurance processes and procedures per NG InfoSec and program security.
organizations.  The applicant will be expected to support a variety of diverse, and dynamic environments. The Job requires supporting.
multiple engineering areas that have incorporated COTS hardware and operating systems with custom applications into their test systems and operational products.

The roles and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Administration of Linux (RHEL/CENTOS) 6/7/8 servers and workstations

  • Installing, configuring, troubleshooting Linux operating systems

  • Installing, configuring, and supporting Linux applications

  • Experience using Compliance and Remediation tools (i.e. Nessus, SCC SCAP scanner, STIG Viewer)

  • On call, 24/7 pager support during critical phases of testing, contingency operations and off-site as required.

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


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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's Degree; or 3 years of relevant experience with a Master's Degree; or 0 years of relevant experience with a PHD.

  • Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:

  • Dept. of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years

  • OR SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

  • OR Dept. of Energy Q clearance with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years.

  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years administering Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6/7/8 servers and workstations

  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years Installing, configuring, and maintaining Linux server applications ( i.e. Samba, NFS, Chrony, Web servers )

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active SCI Clearance

  • Meets DOD IAT requirements for security certs or be in the process of obtaining one. (i.e. CISSP, Security+ certification)

  • Solid understanding of computer networking ( OS configuration, Network switches, Firewalls, CISCO IOS )

  • Performing Backups and Restores using COTS and Open Source tools to implement a disaster recovery plan ( Windows and Linux )

  • Implementation of CMMC/DFARS/RMF/DOD Security Controls on Linux and Windows operating systems ( i.e. Windows SHB and RHEL SSG builds )

  • Installing, configuring, and operating VMWare and KVM virtualization environments

  • Building, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting IT systems hardware ( i.e. Workstations, Servers, Storage appliances, network switches, rack & stack )

  • Consult with vendors in the identification of new hardware/software technologies to meet program requirements

  • Familiarity with DevSecOps tools and practices ( i.e. Configuration Management, Atlassian Tool Suite, etc. )

  • Working experience with scripting languages and automation, such as bash, ansible, and/or powershell

  • Experienced with SAN/NAS hardware ( i.e Netapp, Linux and Windows file servers, storage appliances )

This position reports to Manhattan Beach, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Redondo Beach, CA, CA, USA.

Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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.