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Sr. Principal Network Communications Administrator

Requisition ID: R10083683

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, 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, 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.

Put your years of experience into a future of excellence…

Northrop Grumman Global Operations has an opening for a well-qualified Sr. Principal Network Communications Administrator to join our qualified, diverse, and dynamic team of technical professionals in defining the future. This position will be located in Dulles, Virginia.

The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Services support team supporting operations at our East Coast campuses. 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain smooth operation of local area, worldwide and virtual private networks (VPN).

  • Plan, evaluate, and coordinate installation and/or reconfiguration of hardware and software elements of data and/or voice communication network.

  • Maintain technical expertise in all areas of networks and computer hardware and software interconnection and interfacing, such as routers, multiplexers, firewalls, hubs, bridges, gateways, etc.

  • May propose solutions to management to ensure all communications requirements based on future needs and current usage, configuring such solutions to optimize cost savings.

  • Prepare or ensure that appropriate network documentation exists, including operational instructions.

  • Provide regular monitoring and network analysis regarding short- and long-range planning for in-house systems.

  • May coordinate third-party maintenance for network equipment.

  • May design network or portion of network that include selection of hardware and software packages.

  • Complete understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts in the field.

  • General knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Provide technical solutions to a wide range of complex difficult problems; solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with organization objectives.

  • Frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts; represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.

  • Available for 24/7 support when needed.

The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment with engineering users, other network administrators, systems administrators, and computer/facility organizations. Multi-tasking with good communication skills, both verbal and written, are a must.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of experience, or Master's degree and 7 years of experience.

  • Must have an Active Top Secret/SCI clearance with CI poly.

  • Must have DoD 8570 training and certifications (CISCO and Security+ certification).

  • Must have strong knowledge of LAN, CAM and WAN concepts.

  • Must have strong knowledge of Network Security Compliance requirements.

  • Must have knowledge of classified network design

  • Must have knowledge of government grade encryption gear such as (TACLANES)

  • Must have knowledge of Cisco hardware.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using test equipment such as protocol analyzers and cable test sets.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Good project management skills.

  • Ability to work in fast paced environment.

  • Willingness to support after hour and possible weekend activities as required.

  • Knowledge of Windows OS.

  • Knowledge of Linux OS



Salary Range: $117,700 USD - $176,500 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.