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Lead Linux Systems Engineer

Northrop Grumman
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Closing date
13 Dec 2020
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Are you an experienced Linux Engineer who wants to join a leading cyber team within an evolving and dynamic organisation?

Due to the success of a number of strategic Gloucestershire based programmes, we are growing our team with creative and ambitious Linux engineers. With a primary focus on supporting large scale Linux deployments, your experience will cover a variety of technologies, working closely with development teams to understand complex problem sets and apply your skills to solve them.

Different thinking for a Different world

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. In Northrop Grumman’s rapidly growing UK Cyber and Intelligence business, we support our customers’ work to make the UK the safest place to live and do business, both physically and online.

Working with and alongside our customers, we use modern engineering methods (Scaled Agile, Dev Sec Ops, Site Reliability Engineering, micro-service architectures) and cutting edge techniques (data science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) to tackle complex and challenging problems and deliver cost effective, reliable, supportable solutions.

Our solutions support complex analysis of substantial amounts of data, requiring state of the art ‘big data’, stream processing and cloud-based analytics, identifying and using ‘best of breed’ commercial and open source technologies and integrating them with our own software to meet customer needs quickly and efficiently.

At Northrop Grumman we pride ourselves on our ability to combine agile development with sound engineering and security practices to ensure that our solutions are robust and resilient; designed and built to start secure and stay secure against ever evolving cyber security threats. As well as designing for security, Information Assurance and legal / policy compliance, we actively assess products and services, identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by cyber attackers, and we create and run exercises to pit cyber security specialists against secure systems and each other.

We carry out research and innovation locally in the UK, with commercial and academic partners, and across our 85,000+ worldwide workforce.

How you will make a difference

For us, innovation is key and we have immediate opportunities for talented Linux engineers to join our team to help us develop, deploy, maintain and decommission a number of large scale clustered systems. We are in a phase of rapid growth and there are opportunities to develop your career with us to meet your aspirations.

You will be helping us to solve our customer’s problems within an agile team. You will have opportunities to take systems through their life cycle from requirements capture to R&D(Research & Development), implementation, automation and test in a wide range of technologies.

As a Lead Linux Systems Administrator you will have a number of key responsibilities, these are primarily around systems support and maintenance, deployment of custom software in line with release schedule, incident management, vendor escalation and supporting your software development team. Experience of working within Software Development teams, including DevOps practices would be advantageous.

Key criteria required...

  • Proven industry experience as a Linux engineer

  • Experience or knowledge of either Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS 7 & 8

  • Experience of installing, upgrading and troubleshooting Java based applications

  • Experience of Linux server integration with Active Directory

  • Experience of building secure systems using corporate PKI solutions

  • Knowledge of core Networking Principals

  • Experience of technical leadership or team management

Also, we’d love it if you have experience of...

  • VMWare or Cloud-based architectures

  • Accumulo, Hadoop & ZooKeeper administration

  • Agile/Scrum methodologies using tools such as Confluence and Jira

  • DevOps approaches and associated tools such as BitBucket, Ansible, Jenkins & Docker

  • Messaging and Routing Technologies such as NiFi and Kafka

  • Different programming languages, such as: Bash, Perl or Python

  • Working with open source products

You will enjoy a growing career as we work collaboratively to innovate the world of cyber security.

Additional information for your consideration...

You must be able obtain and hold UK Government clearances

Opportunities exist across the UK to enhance your career progression

Being a part of Northrop Grumman gives you the opportunity to use your skills to make a difference in our mission of enabling global security. Our company grows because of our employees' dedication and commitment to achieving our mission, something we always remember. In return for working for us you will have access to a benefits package that provides you with flexibility to balance your professional career with your personal life, health & well-being benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development.

We are committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status, including race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.


Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 85,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

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