Principal Windows Systems Administrator 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.

Northrop Grumman Chief Information Office (CIO) is seeking a well-qualified Windows Administrator to join its dynamic team of technical professionals in Linthicum, MD; please note that the selected candidate will be required to work on-site, full-time, at our Linthicum, MD campus - this is not a remote work opportunity. Roles and responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Perform as a self-sufficient Windows systems administrator for a large classified government contract.

  • 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 and ensure necessary IT administration tasks are completed independently as necessary.

  • Analyze internal and 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 minimal user 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree with 7 years of experience, or a Bachelor's degree with 5 years of experience, or a Master's 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.

  • 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.

  • Experience supporting license managers.

  • Experience supporting golden image deployment and underlying infrastructure.

  • Experience working with vulnerability scanning tools.

Clearance and Access:

  • Currently active DoD Secret security clearance; if the selected candidate does not currently hold an active Secret clearance, the candidate must be qualified and willing to subject themselves to a DoD Secret security clearance investigation process; obtaining a clearance within 180 days of offer acceptance date and maintaining a DoD Secret security clearance is a condition of continued employment.

  • The selected candidate will be required to obtain a Special Access Program (SAP/SAR) clearance within 120 days of their Secret security clearance final adjudication date; maintaining a SAP/SAR clearance is a condition of continued employment.

  • The selected candidate may be required to obtain a polygraph as a condition to retain access to special program(s); maintaining the polygraph will be a condition of continued employment.

Non-Technical Abilities and Certifications:

  • Currently valid Security+CE, CASP, CISSP, or similar DoD 8570 security certification required on Day 1; certification must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top 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: $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.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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.

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