Lead Datacenter Administrator (Active TS/SCI Required)Linthicum, 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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems 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 Space Systems in Linthicum, MD is seeking a Datacenter Administrator to support the network and data collection, processing, and storage infrastructure to support the Assembly, Integration and Test (AI&T) of a production Space Payload program.


  • Oversee and manage Linux, Windows, VMware and AWS environments to ensure optimal performance, availability, and security

  • Design, implement, and maintain system architectures, including virtualization, cloud integration, and disaster recovery strategies

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to plan and execute system upgrades, data migration, and security patches

  • Monitor system health, diagnose and resolve technical issues, and implement proactive measures to prevent disruptions

  • Configure and manage AWS services, ensuring scalability, cost efficiency, and adherence to best practices

  • Provide advanced technical support to end-users, offering timely and effective solutions to complex challenges

  • Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for system configurations, processes, and procedures using Atlassian Confluence, Jira, and Bitbucket

  • Operation and support of IT and network hardware and software across all program locations (limited travel required)

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, or related field with 9 years of relevant experience, or 7 years of relevant experience with MS. Or 4 years and Ph.D

  • Proven expertise in administrating Linux (CentOS, Red Hat), Windows (10, Server 2019), VMware (vSphere 7), and AWS cloud services

  • Strong understanding of virtualization technologies, cloud computing concepts, and networking protocols

  • Experience with Confluence, Jira, and Bitbucket

  • Active Top Secret clearance and eligible for SCI

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with containerization (Docker, Kubernetes)

  • Relevant certifications such as CompTIA Linux+, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, VMware Certified Professional, or equivalent certifications

  • TS/SCI clearance (Polygraph not needed)

Salary Range: $127,000 - $190,600

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.