Staff Engineer Network - Top Secret (AHT)Palmdale, 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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what's possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you'll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all the while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman may be the place for you.

As a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to customers worldwide, Northrop Grumman offers an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities and technologies. Here at Northrop Grumman we are comprised of professionals that bring different perspectives, are curious about the world, accepting of each other, and understand that the more ideas, backgrounds, and experiences we bring to our work then the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our talented workforce we look for professionals that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.

Job Description

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a Staff Network Engineer (5) to maintain smooth operation of local area, worldwide and Virtual Private Networks (VPN) at Palmdale, CA.

Job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Designs and plans network communications systems.

  • Provides specifications and detailed schematics for network architecture.

  • Provides specific detailed information for hardware and software selection, implementation techniques, and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements.

  • Conducts testing of network design.

  • Maintains technical expertise in all areas of network and computer hardware and software interconnection and interfacing, such as routers, multiplexers, firewalls, hubs, bridges, gateways, etc.

  • Evaluate and report on new communications technologies to enhance the capabilities of the network.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have at least 18 years of applied experience with a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) Or at least 14 Years with Bachelors in Science; 12 Years with Masters, 9 Years with PhD.

  • Must have a current active DoD Top Secret/SCI with ability to maintain.

  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II certification or ability to obtain within 3 months

  • Demonstrable real-world experience in network configuration and management of critical network environments

  • Has a clear understanding of the OSI model

  • Knowledgeable in Static/Dynamic IP environments, LAN/WAN interfaces, Routed and routing protocols, subnetting, remote management and monitoring using SNMPv3 and SSH in both large and small-scale networks

  • Experience in network devices such as Cisco Firepower, Routers, and Switches

  • Experience with Palo Alto Firewalls

  • Experience and/or knowledge of network protocols, such as TCP/IP and UDP

  • Troubleshooting network architecture to include network interfaces and firewalls, and making recommendations for system findings and enhancements

  • Gain a detailed understanding of systems, flows, CONOPs and advanced concepts; innovate and provide strategic direction.

  • Perform updates, patching, and baseline changes to adhere to Information Security requirements, policies, and standards

  • Knowledge of network testing methodologies using routers, switches, firewalls and encryption devices.

  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include extended shifts, holidays, and weekends and support on call status for 24 hours-a-day, 7 days- a-week, and 365 days a year.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program (SAP/SAR) clearance (if required by the customer) within 365 days of required paperwork submission as a condition of continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • STEM degree

  • Ability to work in a structured configuration controlled environment, primarily focused on the support and maintenance of real-time systems on an Operations and Sustainment (O&S) contract

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to evaluate platform level problems and provide solutions for immediate restoration of service.

  • Experience with 24x7 operational systems

  • Experience with NX OS, VMware, ACI/APIC

  • Experience with UDP multicast

  • Experience with IPSec, multilayer switching, VLANs, and Virtual environments (ESXi)

  • Interface with external services for DNS, NTP, and others

  • Experience formalizing, developing, and writing requirements, plans, and procedures based on customer, briefings, interactions, and statements of work

  • Experience developing system-level designs, high-level control and data interfaces

  • Experience designing and setting up networks and data centers

  • Industry certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and/or Network+.

Salary Range: $146,000 - $219,000

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.