Sr. / Principal DevOps Network Engineer (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles VA)Dulles, VA

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.

We have an opening for a DevOps Network Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be performed in Dulles, VA . This work will primarily be performed in a SCIF environment so onsite work is required. Current or active Top-Secret clearance is required.

Job Responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Design and plan network communications systems.

  • Provide specifications and detailed schematics for network architecture.

  • Provide specific detailed information for hardware and software selection, implementation techniques, and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements.

  • Conduct testing of network design.

  • Work alongside DevOps Engineers to automate cloud native technologies, deploy applications, and provision critical infrastructure.

  • Work within the OpenStack cloud ecosystem to configure and deploy optimized infrastructure.

  • Ensure monitoring and health of the resources deployed via Nagios or other enterprise management solutions.

  • Document procedures used during deployment cycles.

To be successful in this role you should have:

  • Strong network engineering skills with a strong understanding of networking in a virtual environment

  • Exposure to DevOps practices and/or work with a CI/CD team.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround times and shifting priorities

  • Proven troubleshooting skills and willingness to take on unfamiliar challenges

  • Proficiency with network security principles, threats, and vulnerabilities

  • Ability to design, implement, and maintain complex systems and networks as well as coordinate maintenance activities with other team members and users to produce least impact solutions.

  • Solid understanding of the OSI model

  • DoD 8570 IAM/IAT certification requirements; Security+ or CISSP

  • Superior written and oral communication skills

Basic Qualifications

Principal DevOps Engineer

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (ideally Computer Science or Engineering) and 5 years of experience; OR a master's degree and 3 years: OR a PhD and 0 years. Experience can be considered in lieu of degree

  • 5+ year(s) of relevant network engineering experience

  • U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top-Secret clearance with ability to obtain SCI and program clearance.

Sr. Principal DevOps Engineer

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field (ideally Computer Science or Engineering) and 9 years of experience; OR a master's degree and 7 years: OR a PhD and 4 years. Experience can be considered in lieu of degree

  • 9+ year(s) of relevant network engineering experience

  • U.S. Citizenship with a current or active Top-Secret clearance with ability to obtain SCI and program clearance.

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.




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Salary Range: $97,500 - $146,300

Salary Range 2: $120,900 - $181,300

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.