Principal Network System Admin/Network Engineer
McLean, VA 
Posted 3 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
Principal Network System Admin/Network Engineer
Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2022-2236
Category Information Technology
Worker Category Regular Full-Time[F]
Company Overview

Aireon has deployed the world's first and global space-based air traffic surveillance system, which is revolutionizing the entire aviation industry. The Aireon system provides real-time aircraft monitoring spanning never before covered areas of the planet, including remote, oceanic and polar regions. Aireon's receivers are hosted on the Iridium constellation, which consists of 66 operational satellites in low-earth orbit and utilizes a unique cross-linked satellite architecture creating a web of coverage around the world. The Aireon system enables safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly aviation travel, resulting in significant CO2 emission reductions. Numerous Air Navigation Service Providers have already signed on as customers and are receiving Aireon's space-based ADS-B data, including NAV CANADA, NATS (UK), Naviair (Denmark), Enav (Italy), the Irish Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (South Africa) and more.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

The Principal Network System Administrator/Network Engineer is responsible for helping to set up, maintain and manage Aireon's on-premise infrastructure as an integral part of the team implementing, and maintaining Aireon's operational networks for distributing data to customers. The Principal Engineer refines requirements, processes and solutions to deploy robust systems that meet stringent safety requirements for high availability, redundancy and diversity. They install systems, configure automation to ease system administration, setup and administer centralized authentication solutions and help roll out and maintain a wide range of IP network and Server Security Controls. The Principal Engineer works closely with Aireon's security, software design, systems engineering, test, and subcontractors to validate and improve system designs and implementations. They are a subject matter expert providing Tier III support for responding to escalated incidents. They determine root cause and work quickly with vendors, engineering, and subcontractors to resolve problems when they occur. The Principal Engineer also collects and evaluates performance data to identify potential systemic problems, help tune systems for better performance, and to ensure sufficient capacity to support Aireon's operational needs.

Effective communication and adeptness at working with a variety of personalities and skillsets across multiple organizations, multiple time zones and willingness to contribute broadly in a fast-paced, start-up environment will be a key part of this role.

What You'll Do

General Tasks

    Responsible for design, implementation, and maintenance of operational, test and development systems
  • Reviews and approves subcontractor hardware and software, changes and implementations
  • Contributes to trade studies for evaluating alternative designs
  • Provides operational Tier III support for analyzing and resolving system issues
  • Manages backups, off-site archives, and disaster recovery system readiness
  • Helps implement, administer, and maintain centralized user authentication systems
  • Helps maintain deployed hardware and system configuration inventory, licenses, and asset data.
  • Helps develop and refine procedures for identifying and mitigating common system issues
  • Supports system level testing for resilience, redundancy, and performance
  • Collects and evaluates performance data to identify trends, potential problems, and capacity issues

SysAdmin Tasks

  • Responsible for hands-on installation and administration of RHEL/CentOS and UNIX operating systems
  • Works with Atlassian applications to help instigate and manage change requests and incidents
  • Uses tools like Ansible, Puppet, etc. to implement automation of sysadmin tasks

IP Networking Tasks

  • Deploys and maintains network appliances to include Switches, Routers and Firewalls
  • Helps define and implement solutions for network monitoring and monitoring dashboards
Experience & Education Requirements / EEO
Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience installing, configuring and administering Linux and UNIX systems
  • Understanding of Internet protocols, OS security controls, and OS network configuration
  • Experience collecting and evaluating OS performance data and identifying hardware failures
  • Experience with network monitoring and configuration capture tools
  • Experience administering centralized authentication services like AD or LDAP
  • Experience with virtualization and containers is a plus
  • Experience working in a configuration-managed operational environment with rigorous controls is advantageous
  • Experience with IP network operations to include network switching/routing (OSI Layer 2/3)
  • Experience with Cisco IOS and/or Juniper OS
  • Familiarity with ticketing systems, issue tracking, and collaboration tools
  • Ability to handle multiple simultaneous assignments
  • Ability to quickly learn and embrace Aireon's safety culture
  • Ability to work as part of a team comprised of internal and external resources located in multiple geo-graphic locations and time-zones
  • Flexibility to take on additional roles related to technical system development, testing, and operations to help where needed
  • Proactive communicator with strong written and verbal skills
  • 4-year engineering or computer science degree
  • 8+ years of professional SysAdmin and/or IT Engineering experience
  • 5+ years of professional Network (IP) Engineering experience
  • Current certifications beneficial but not required
  • Ability to obtain Position of Trust clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • 2+ years with VMware EXSi/vSphere provisioning/management
  • 2+ years in designing and implementing automated backup solutions for both datastore and VM applications
  • 2+ years in deploying and managing server and network monitoring tools
About You

You are a self-starter. Sitting and waiting isn't an option. You take the initiative to make things happen.

You are comfortable in multi-tasking. Managing and juggling priorities across tasks seems to come naturally in your everyday workload. You have a sense on how to balance priorities and communicate clearly when overloaded for assistance/help.

You love solving problems. You enjoy digging into problems and finding the most efficient ways to solve them. You have a passion for understanding issues and tackling them in a logical fashion.

You are collaborative. You're a team player who puts the interest of the team above your own. You display a positive attitude, are open and enjoy contributing.

You are a natural leader. No matter where you find yourself, others tend to gather around you, leading to encouragement and mentoring.

Technology is your passion. It doesn't just provide a paycheck, you are genuinely interested in what you do and the impact that it has on others.

1-3-6-12 Month Plan

In the first month we'll expect you to...

  • Get onboarded and train with your manager
  • HR Onboarding
  • Aireon Engineering classes
  • ATSEP classes
  • Get acclimated into the role and shadow Aireon network/sysadmin staff
  • Gain familiarity with Aireon Engineering repositories in Confluence, Jira, Sharepoint

At 3 months we'll expect you to...

  • Understand Aireon's network/server architecture in the Lab and at operational sites
  • Start taking on taskings associated with updating and managing network/server configs in the Aireon Lab and at sites

At 6 months we'll expect you to...

  • Perform gap analysis for Aireon's deployed network architecture on deployed services
  • Plan out and execute network updates
  • Support both System and Test Engineering teams with sub-system and system level test campaigns
  • Manage Aireon services for VPN and remote access
  • Manage updates for Aireon network monitoring services
  • Review network documentation and infrastructure drawings for as designed to as deployed baseline

At 12 months we'll expect you to...

  • Lead discussions for Aireon network/server infrastructure updates
  • Construct documentation library for deployed network infrastructure
  • Represent Aireon with vendor/partner organizations on Network/SysAdmin reviews
  • Provide input to management on the Aireon Network Engineering group budgets
Perks and Benefits
  • Premium medical, dental and vision plan
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Retirement 401K plan with Employer Matching
  • Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, Floating Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Company Sponsored Events
  • Employee Referral Program

Aireon requires all employees/new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to starting work. Aireon is an equal opportunity employer and will consider requests for exemption from this policy as a reasonable accommodation where it can do so absent undue hardship, consistent with federal, state, and local law.

Aireon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
8+ years
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