Principal Linux/Windows Systems AdministratorBaltimore, 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 Mission Systems is seeking a well-qualified Systems Administrator to join its dynamic team of technical professionals in Linthicum, MD. Please note that due to the classified nature of this position, the selected candidate will be required to work on-site, full-time, at our Linthicum, MD campus, and that this is not a remote position. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Perform as a Linux/Redhat Systems Administrator for a classified government contract.

  • Perform as a Windows Systems Administrator for a classified government contract.

  • Maintain smooth operation of all computer infrastructure in a multi-user computer system environment, including coordination of efforts with systems, software, and electrical design engineers, Information Systems Security Officers, PC desktop technicians, end users, network engineers, program/project managers, and IT management.

  • Analyze internal and external customer requirements and determine 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 data storage devices, and implement/upgrade/update virus and malware protection on a routine basis.

  • Create and maintain user and computer accounts and modify file permissions and security access lists.

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

  • Develop and document technical processes and procedures as needed.

  • Make recommendations to purchase hardware, software, and system components.

  • Interact, meet, discuss, and troubleshoot issues with vendors and evaluate vendor products, services, and suggestions.

  • Adhere to strict Information Systems security guidelines in all cases.

  • Familiarity with DoD STIGs, deploying new STIGs & working with IT/IA to develop POA&Ms for vulnerabilities that cannot be mitigated or STIG settings that cannot be applied.

  • Understand vulnerability and risk mitigation in accordance with RMF & DoD JSIG standards.

  • Maintain security audit and logging information on all classified networked and standalone computers as directed by Information Systems Security Officers (ISSOs) and Information Systems Security Managers (ISSMs).

  • Prepare security documentation for input to Computer Security.

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

  • Work under minimal direction and independently determine and develop approach to solutions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree and 7 years of experience, or Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience, or Master's degree and 3 years of experience; a High School diploma or equivalent with 9 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a completed degree.

  • Candidates must have a current DoD Secret level security clearance (at a minimum), to include a closed investigation date completed within the last 6 years, or must be enrolled in the DoD Continuous Evaluation Program (CEP), in order to be considered; the required security clearance must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

  • The selected candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program (SAP/SAR) clearance as a condition of continued employment.

  • IAM Level I certification (ex: Security+ CE) or greater required on Day 1 of employment; maintaining the required certification will be a condition of continued employment.

  • Experience with Splunk to include managing/maintaining indexers, search heads and deployment servers, creating and maintaining dashboards for users, creating custom extracts/regular expressions, familiarity with Splunk Query Language, and the ability to deploy new Splunk servers.

  • Experience managing Redhat Enterprise Linux OS.

  • Experience managing Windows Server OS and domain architecture.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in IS related field.

  • Current DoD Top Secret security clearance.

  • Experience operating under and managing systems within NISPOM Chapter 8, DCID 6/3-ICD 503, RMF, STIG, JAFAN, or JSIG information system environments.

  • Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining computer hardware in a networked environment.

  • Understanding of basic networking, including subnets, routing, and VLANs; Cisco experience and/or certification.

  • Windows AD, LDAP, VMWare, and knowledge of SAN storage systems.

  • Linux Operating System experience and/or certification for current versions.

  • Experience with Windows & Linux Operating systems that support Security Engineering tools.

  • VMWare experience with current version.

  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring tools (HBSS/Solar Winds/Splunk).

  • Rudimentary Scripting experience.

  • Experience with the creation and deployment of system images in an enterprise environment.

  • Experience with Certification & Accreditation process.

  • DoD 8570 Certification in a primary OS (Windows, Linux, Cisco).

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