Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Principal Network Engineer in Carrollton, United States

Principal Network Engineer

Multiple Locations:Carrollton, TX; Clearfield, UT; Dulles, VA

Categories: Information Technology

Job Description

Job ID:JV20182401-43398

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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking an experiencedPrincipal Network Engineerto join our Corporate Enterprise Network Services team in ourDulles, VA, Carrollton, TX or Clearfield UT offices. As a technology thought leader, this position will help to plan, design and build several key, enterprise network and communication infrastructure systems.

ThePrincipal Network Engineerwill be responsible for helping to ensure our key, enterprise network & communication infrastructure systems meet business requirements and are functioning at optimum levels while maximizing system availability. This position will be a key provider of input to discussions on the overall direction of the Network and communication infrastructure, services and maintenance of the repository of relevant documentation. This position will also be responsible for establishing strong working relationships with their peers, vendors, and Business Unit contacts.

Core Functions

  • Presents technical direction, insights and advice to the enterprise network and communications infrastructure team.

  • Architectural responsibilities for LAN/WAN, Wireless, Data Center, collaboration, and Monitoring systems as needed.

  • Derive and implement best practice solution designs giving highest consideration for availability, security, performance, and scalability.

  • Implementation and project leadership based on business needs, project requirements, or proactive improvement processes.

  • Cross-functional IT technical thought leadership involving high collaboration that results in design considerations for the highest strategic priorities.

  • Contributes to the development of new principles, architectures, standards and concepts related to Network and communication infrastructure and services.

  • SME (Subject Matter Expert) support and management of F5 APM/LTM/GTM appliances

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 9+ yearsworking in a team oriented IT environment designing and supporting enterprise networks, TCP/IP network design.

  • Minimum 5 yearsRiverbed Steelheadoperation support, design and deployment.

  • Minimum 5 years F5 APM/GTM/LTMdesign, deployment and support.

  • Working knowledge of InfoBlox appliances supporting DHCP/DNS and NTP.

  • Strong troubleshooting/triage abilities utilizing common methodologies or tools such as packet capturing, network taps, and network analysis.

  • Expert level understanding of routing protocols such as BGP, EIGRP, as well as route distribution and optimization.

  • Expert level understanding of QoS concepts and implementation

  • Understanding of Cisco best practice architectures and design principles.

  • Demonstrated experience designing and operating highly available network architectures.

  • Expert level understanding converged network designs that include multi-layer Quality of Service (QoS) and WAN optimization.

  • Expert level understanding of WAN/LAN/MAN technologies

  • Working knowledge of wireless technologies utilizing controller-based systems and authentication protocols.

  • Expert level understanding of public and private IP addressing best practices designs and implications.

  • Understanding of various network security best practices, protocols and implementations.

  • Demonstrated exposure to operating an Internet-facing network environment and implications of various designs.

  • Demonstrated skills in business case development for proposed technology changes

  • Proven ability to work with both highly technical and business oriented resources and to work in a matrixed, team-based environment.

  • Excellent customer service attitude and skills.

  • Exceptional organizational skills with attention to deadlines and details

  • Ability to self-manage and report on projects and initiatives

  • Self-motivated and able to multitask under tight schedules.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Strong written, verbal and facilitation skills.

  • Strong documentation skills, as well as version management.

  • Ability to remain effective with limited direction.

Please note: Candidates must be a US Citizen and be eligible to obtain a government issued security clearance.

Desired Qualifications

  • IP Telephony/VoIP systems is highly desirable.

  • Experience with common management and reporting tools such as NetMRI or Solarwinds a plus.

  • Understanding of enterprise DNS and IPAM with Infoblox a plus.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or combination of equivalent education and work experience.

  • CCNP and/or CCDP Certification preferred, CCIE is desired.

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 U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:8-10 Years


Expertise:Information Technology