Principal Windows Systems AdministratorElkton, 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.

Northrop Grumman CIO is seeking a well-qualified Windows Systems Administrator to join its dynamic team of technical professionals in Elkton, MD.

The selected candidate will be required to work on-site, full-time, at our Elkton, MD campus - this is not a remote work opportunity.

Roles and responsibilities will include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Perform as primary Windows System Administrator for classified government contracts.

  • Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization with internal or external customers, in written and verbal format.

  • Maintain efficient operations of the entire IT infrastructure including servers, desktop, and networking equipment.

  • Support multiple networks, while ensuring necessary IT administration tasks are completed independently as necessary.

  • Analyze internal or external customer requirements and recommend equipment and software requirements for solutions to problems by means of automated systems.

  • Recommend and implement system enhancements that will improve the performance and reliability of the system including installing, upgrading/patching, monitoring, problem resolution, and configuration management.

  • Provide backup and recovery services, manage file systems and disk space, and manage virus protection on a routine basis as directed by policy.

  • Create and maintain user and computer accounts and modify file permissions as directed by policy.

  • Test new releases of products to ensure compatibility and minimize user and impact.

  • Develop and maintain technical processes and procedures as needed.

  • Maintain security audit and logging information on all classified networked and standalone computers as directed by the Cyber Security team

  • Report project status as required for all recurring and non-recurring efforts.

  • Experience operating under and managing systems within current applicable information systems compliance standards.

Technical Abilities:

Experience maintaining Classified Windows Domains in effective operations to include a working knowledge of:

  • Active Directory (AD) maintenance and support.

  • Group Policy (GPO).

  • DNS management.

  • DHCP and scopes.

  • Windows Server Update Servers (WSUS), SCCM, or similar update service.

  • Certificate Authority (CA) server.

  • Supporting license managers.

  • Supporting golden image deployment and underlying infrastructure.

  • Experience working with vulnerability scanning tools.

Non-Technical Abilities:

  • Experience working in a team of IT professionals.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

  • Ability to lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.

  • Ability to work after hours and weekends as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates degree with 7 years of experience, or a Bachelors degree with 5 years of experience, or a Masters degree with 3 years of experience. A High School diploma or equivalent with 9 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a completed degree.

  • A DoD Interim Secret security clearance is required before a start date can be established ; the selected candidate must be qualified and willing to subject themselves to a DoD Secret security clearance investigation process, and a finalized DoD Secret security clearance must be obtained within 180 days of the candidate's start date; maintaining the required security clearance is a condition of continued employment.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program (SAP/SAR) clearance within a reasonable period of time as determined by the company and also by program and/or customer requirements, as a condition of continued employment.

  • Current IAT Level II certification (or higher), ex., Security+ CE, or the ability to obtain the required certification within 6 months of hire date. Certification must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance.

  • Experience giving technical presentations to technical and non-technical attendees.

  • Experience providing surge support to other programs as needed.

  • Active vendor-based IT certification.

Salary Range: $93,000 - $139,600

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 most positions.