Principal Systems Administrator/Sr Principal Systems Administrator - NG Space SystemsRedondo Beach, CA

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 Integration and Support Group (ISG), a large diverse IT service organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems sector is seeking an experienced Linux Systems Administrator to support the Payload and Ground Systems Division (PGSD) in their development and deployment of ground systems. The location for this role will be at our Space Park campus in Redondo Beach, CA. This work is in a secure facility (SCIF) and 100% onsite work is required.

To be successful in this role, you should enjoy learning and learn quickly, be motivated by the opportunity to solve hard problems with challenging boundary conditions, work well with a motivated and mission-focused team, enjoy working with both speed and accuracy, and take great pride in your work and the work of the team(s).

Core Responsibilities:

  • Interaction with users to determine hardware/software requirements and installation and configuration of hardware, operating systems and COTS

  • Evaluation of vendor products, providing recommendations to purchase hardware and software, providing backup recovery, maintaining system documentation, tuning system performance, building of systems and computing asset management

  • Applicant must be experienced in STIG configuration, classified processing, and security procedures

This requisition may be filled at either the Principal Systems Administrator (A03) level or a Senior Principal Systems Administrator (A04) level, depending on the qualifications outlined below.

Basic Qualifications for the Principal Systems Administrator (A03):

  • Current active Sensitive Compartmented Investigation (SCI) security access/clearance needed, preferably CENTER briefed

  • Bachelor's degree and 6 years of experience, or Master's degree and 4 years of experience; an additional 4 years of related experience may be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Adjudicated Counterintelligence (CI) polygraph

  • Active CompTIA Security+ certification

  • Ability to apply to Privileged User (PU) status prior to start date

  • Demonstrated expertise as a Linux Systems Administrator

  • Experience in automating tasks utilizing scripting and/or orchestration tools. Specifically, proficiency in one or more of the following languages is preferred: PowerShell, Python, Bash, or YAML (executed/managed via Ansible)

  • Knowledge of version control using code repositories (Bitbucket/Gitlab)

  • Familiarity with Virtual environment using VMware products (i.e., vCenter, ESXi, etc.)

  • Familiarity with Networking environment (i.e., routers, firewalls, VLANs, etc.)

  • Familiarity with NAS technologies such as NetApp

Basic Qualifications for the Senior Principal Systems Administrator (A04):

  • Current active Sensitive Compartmented Investigation (SCI) security access/clearance needed, preferably CENTER briefed

  • Bachelor's degree and 10 years of experience, or Master's degree and 8 years of experience; an additional 4 years of related experience may be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Adjudicated Counterintelligence (CI) polygraph

  • Active CompTIA Security+ certification

  • Ability to apply to Privileged User (PU) status prior to start date

  • Demonstrated expertise as a Linux Systems Administrator

  • Experience in automating tasks utilizing scripting and/or orchestration tools. Specifically, proficiency in one or more of the following languages is preferred: PowerShell, Python, Bash, or YAML (executed/managed via Ansible)

  • Knowledge of version control using code repositories (Bitbucket/Gitlab)

  • Familiarity with Virtual environment using VMware products (i.e., vCenter, ESXi, etc.)

  • Familiarity with Networking environment (i.e., routers, firewalls, VLANs, etc.)

  • Familiarity with NAS technologies such as NetApp

Preferred Qualifications for both roles:

  • Demonstrated expertise with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • Experience with troubleshooting complex RHEL, network, and COTS-related issues

  • Experience with Ansible is a definite plus

  • Experience managing a highly virtualized production environment

  • Certifications (i.e., Red Hat, NetApp, VMware, etc.)

  • Familiarity with the Agile methodology

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