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Linux System Administrator

Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies

Herndon, VA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Please review the job details below.

Maxar is currently seeking a Linux System Administrator to join our team. This role will be performed in our Maxar facility located in Herndon, Virginia.

As a Maxar team member, you will have the opportunity to closely support our mission partners, and your work will have a direct impact on mission imperatives. In this role, you'll work as part of our infrastructure team and you will work closely with our software development, DevOps and cybersecurity teams leveraging open-source tools to create and maintain a private cloud and big data platform. Our customers have no shortage of unique and challenging problems to solve, and we are continuing to grow our system footprint to meet their needs.

About Us:

  • We are a multi-faceted software development and systems administration team working to build and maintain software applications backed by a self-managed cloud infrastructure with a true big-data footprint (over 10 petabytes)

  • Our diverse background of experience in mission support and full stack system development serves as a catalyst to solve unique and challenging intelligence problems in support of special operations analysts and their on-going activities.

  • Prototyping and frequent, iterative feedback are core to our delivery approach, anchored by a need to work quickly in support of our missions.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Infrastructure team members focus on several things on any given day including:

  • Monitoring and acting on any hardware and software outages on the platform

  • Engaging with tenants and users of the OpenStack Cloud Platform via chat services to assist them with trouble shooting and requests as needed

  • Implementing cyber security remediations in close cooperation with the cyber security team

  • Upgrading and deploying applications on the platform

  • Integrating new hardware into multiple different compute clusters

  • Reviewing and updating existing procedures and documentation

  • Engaging with the team on future hardware planning for system recapitalization and expansion

  • Your Career: We’re serious about professional development and continuing education. We offer everyone the opportunity to define their own career trajectory. Supporting our people in the pursuit of becoming true experts in their craft enables not only individual growth but also the collective team to have a high degree of mission impact. We strive to create an environment where team members can do their best work. We provide resources to support learning, set aside time for dedicated professional development and offer benefits that enrich our team members’ lives.

We offer:

  • Conference attendance.

  • Corporate partner, industry training.

  • Peer groups.

  • Paid certifications.

  • Education reimbursement.

  • and much more...

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a US citizen.

  • Current Top Secret security clearance w/ SCI Eligibility and willingness and ability to get a CI poly

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering or a related field (4 additional years of experience may be substituted for a bachelor's degree. A master's degree may count as an additional 2 years of experience.).

  • 5+ years demonstrated experience with administration of Linux based environments

  • Working knowledge of automation tools: Ansible, Bash

  • Working knowledge of security related tools: Security Center, Carbon Black, Mcafee, SE Linux

  • Working knowledge of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) application to Linux operating systems

  • At least understands the concepts of Python, Docker, Packer

  • Skilled Tier 3 level support and troubleshooting complex environments

  • Ability to support wide range of tasks (upgrade software, patching, monitoring systems, R&D)

  • Willing to work full time on-site in Herndon, VA

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Full-stack development experience in Python

  • Hands on experience with Openstack administration/deployment/upgrades

  • Hands on experience with CEPH administration/deployment/upgrades

  • Kubernetes orchestration

  • Experience with Data driven tools like Hadoop, HDFS, ElasticSearch, YARN

  • Experience with provision and configuration management tools such as Ansible or Terraform

  • Experience with Docker, GitLab, AWS

  • Experience with the cyber security accreditation process (RMF, ATO process, NIST 800-53 cyber security controls)

  • Experience with CI/ CD tools like Sonarqube, Fortify, or similar

  • Experience with Cyber Security tools like SecurityOnion, PCAP, Snort, Bro or similar

  • Any experience working with GPUs and/or virtualizing their resources

  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills

  • Adjust quickly to ad-hoc requests

  • Ability to collaborate, operate in a mixed environment of team and solo work




Our salary ranges are market-driven and set to allow for flexibility. Individual pay will be competitive based on a candidate’s unique set of knowledge, skills, and geographic diversity, with earnings potential commensurate with experience. The range for this position is:

$115,000.00 - $191,000.00 annually.

Maxar employees must follow all applicable Maxar policies and COVID-19 requirements as well as those of Maxar customers and third parties. Individual job requirements may vary, and Maxar reserves the right to modify its policies and requirements as it deems appropriate in accordance with applicable law.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.