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Principal Systems Administrator

Requisition ID: R10105107

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: Radford, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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 Enterprise Services organization is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator for its Radford, VA location.  The selected candidate will work closely with Enterprise Infrastructure Teams, Cybersecurity, and Off-Net Compliance Teams

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Maintain smooth operation of all computer systems and networked devices on-site

  • Support, maintain, and improve server and storage infrastructure

  • Support, maintain, and improve network infrastructure

  • Support internal and external IT audits

  • Support manufacturing networks

  • Support and maintains all site-specific applications

  • Support service accounts and shared accounts

  • Design, develop, and maintain site software repositories

  • Provide guidance to Operations Support Technician

  • Provide guidance to end users

  • Develop and document technical processes and procedures as needed

  • Creation and management of ISSP’s and related documentation for unclassified off-net computers in Archer GRC

  • Work with all involved organizations to create and execute POAMs (Plan Of Actions and Milestones) and document in Archer GRC.

  • Provide off-hour on-call support and after-hours and/or weekend work based on shop floor production schedule when required

  • Perform advanced troubleshooting, hardware, software and systems installs for all shop floor computers

  • Perform advanced off-net and shop floor systems support for server and system administration

  • Perform network technician/hands-on support to ITS Network and EDN teams to support connectivity to EDN and Network trouble-shooting (check ports, patch-thru’s, basic port-config

  • Work with local Facilities Engineering/Operations/Manufacturing and Process Engineering to help create configurations and BOMs for new hardware and software that needs purchased as part of a shop floor equipment purchase and/or capital/facilities request

  • Work with Cybersecurity and local business leadership to support audits and audit findings on off-net equipment

  • Work with Cybersecurity to ensure compliance with DFARS and CMMC requirements and controls

  • Work with equipment vendors to update hardware, software and connectivity to the equipment

  • Work with vendors to troubleshoot advanced problems

  • Ensure system, configurations, data etc are backed up and secure for DBR purposes

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and 6 years of relevant experience OR Masters degree and 4 years of relevant experience (will consider additional experience in lieu of education ie Associate's degree and 8 years of relevant experience OR High School Diploma and 10 years of relevant experience)

  • Strong systems administration experience with Windows operating system

  • Strong networking background

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

  • Must be able to spend an entire workday on their feet (walking, standing, crawling under desks)

  • Prior experience supporting Operations in a Manufacturing environment

  • Must be able to obtain / maintain DoD classified clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in database administration

  • Experience in programming and scripting

Salary Range: $82,000 USD - $123,000 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.