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Principal Systems Administrator Tier 2 (Space/Satellite)

Requisition ID: R10091489

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 75% 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.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems Division is seeking a well-qualified Tier 2 Red Hat / Windows Systems Administrator providing 50-70% On-Site support to join its dynamic team of technical professionals in Colorado Springs, CO.

Roles and responsibilities will include but may not be limited to:


  • Provide assistance to fellow team members and end users in investigation, diagnoses, and

    problem resolution in support of real-time spacecraft operations.

  • Work across disciplines to isolate issues between software, firmware, and hardware, between

    software and operating systems, between networks and applications, and between one-time

    events and recurrent systematic problems

  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to include, but not limited to, creation of

    process documentation and How to Guides.

  • Install, configure, troubleshoot and maintain network services.

  • Provide feedback to the development and sustainment teams leading to improvements in

    product stability and functionality.

  • Perform overall administration of Windows client workstations and the associated LINUX


  • Perform as a Windows System Administrator for a classified government contract.

  • Maintain smooth operation of multi-user computer systems, including coordination with

    network, software, and system engineers, PC desktop technicians, project managers, end

    users, and customer and IT management

  • Install, configure, and perform maintenance of virtual environments to include virtualized

    servers and VDI Desktops.

  • Analyze internal or external customer requirements and determine equipment and software

    requirements for solutions.

  • Create and maintain user and computer accounts and modify file permissions and security

    access lists.

  • Adhere to strict Information Systems security guidelines in all cases.

  • Work after hours and weekends as needed

  • Oversee daily maintenance and Provide Tier 1 troubleshooting and Support in OpenStack

  • environment

  • Assisting ISSM/ISSO with running security scans (ex ACAS)

  • Assisting ISSM/ISSO with reviewing Splunk Security logs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s IT degree with minimum of  6 years of experience OR Master's degree with minimum of 4 year of experience

    or Associate's IT degree and minimum 8 years of experience

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top Secret level clearance and the ability to obtain SCI level access.

  • Experience in LINUX (RHEL 7) Server Administration, OpenStack Administration, and VMWare administration.

  • Experience with Unix Power Scripting (BASH)

  • Ability to follow a checklist or an established troubleshooting routine for connection or software issues

  • Familiar with the concepts of server and desktop virtualization, or experience with low level administration of an environment

  • Ability to document system configurations, create logical visio diagrams of physical or network layout, write procedures


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) certification.

  • Extensive experience with DNS, Active Directory, GPO's, and LDAP configuration.

  • Experience with Backup systems and methods.

  • Experience supporting real-time operations, particularly spacecraft operations.

  • Current Security + Certification

Salary Range: $83,600 USD - $125,400 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.