Principal Cyber Systems Administrator Elkridge, MD

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.

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field, or an industry thought leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Principal Cyber Systems Administrator to join our highly skilled team of results driven and customer focused masterminds in Elkridge, MD . We support a rapid environment of market relevant technology trends that demand critical thinkers and detail-oriented operators. This opportunity will entrust you to make real time decisions with real world significance.

This position is 100% on-site located in Elkridge, MD.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Administration of virtualization environments using technologies such as vCenter, ESXi, storage provisioning, including the configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting of virtual servers and workstations

  • Ability to assist end users by navigating via command line through different variations of Linux Operating Systems to include Ubuntu, Red Hat, Pypi, and CentOS

  • Troubleshooting and configuring Windows operating system and Windows Server environments to include Active Directory, DHCP, GPO's, DNS, LDAP, MS Exchange, MECM (Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager) MS SQL, and WSUS

  • Maintaining a physical and virtual network environment

  • Knowledge of storage; NetApp ONTAP and/or Synology as well as backup applications such as VEEAM and the ability to understand and implement backup and recovery solutions

  • Experience writing scripts (e.g., Batch, Bash, PowerShell, Python) to automate routine tasks

  • Build solutions and maintain smooth operation of multi-user computer systems, including coordination with Cyber Systems Engineers and Cyber Security teams

  • Knowledge of routing protocols, ports, and layer 2/3 switch configuration.

  • Make recommendations and develop solutions for a variety of complex problems

  • Participate in improving user experience and enterprise system administration

  • Develop and follow technical solutions from initial testing to implementation

  • Represent organization as a prime contact on contracts or projects

  • Interact with senior internal and external personnel on significant matters often requiring coordination between organizations

  • Perform complex tasks and participate in determining objectives of assignment

  • Plan schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives

  • Complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards

  • Additional opportunities may include maintaining system documentation, tuning system performance, installing system wide software, and allocating mass storage space

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) with six (6) years of relevant experience; Master's Degree in a STEM field with four (4) years of relevant experience. NOTE: Four (4) years of additional relevant experience can be substituted in lieu of degree

  • Active DoD Top Secret/SCI security clearance for which US Citizenship is required

  • Possess a DoD 8570 Certification for IAT Level II or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with multiple Linux distributions

  • Experience with Cisco and/or VMware NSX technologies

  • Knowledge of routing protocols, ports, and layer 2/3 switch configuration

Total rewards:

In addition to the competitive pay and 40 hours of PTO on day 1, as a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our competitive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k 6% Matching

  • Educational Assistance ($10,000 a year) / Certification Reimbursement

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion resources

  • Veteran Resources

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Salary Range: $90,600 - $136,000

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.

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.