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Principal Linux System Engineer/Architect

Bethesda, Maryland
Work Type: Full Time

Nextonic Solutions is currently seeking an experienced Principal Linux System Engineer/Architect to join a growing infrastructure team supporting our federal client. The position is in North Bethesda, MD.


  • Set up and manage Linux systems, applications and environments and ensure those systems comply with Government security standards
  • Maintain High Availability infrastructure, ensuring security compliances and high-level performance while minimizing service interruption
  • Support Linux systems and associated storage environments on-prem and in the cloud by assisting in the Incident and request management process and by troubleshooting and resolving issues
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a secure Linux baseline from existing policies
  • Ensure all security support systems are working and up to date on all Linux builds (HBSS, FireEye, Splunk, etc.)
  • Follow established change management process for all system configuration changes
  • Support the process to develop and maintain system security plans, contingency plans, preparing Authority-to-Operate (ATO)/MOU packages.
  • Perform administrative functions related to monitoring, support, project activities, and capacity planning
  • Automate system patching, configuration management, and compliance auditing using, Ansible or other automated CM products
  • Create and maintain documentation for procedures, configurations, and programs
  • Ensure Linux servers adhere to NIST, NIH, and industry security standards
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues with applications and services hosted on Linux systems
  • May be required to work nights and weekends to support operational activities
  • Provide guidance and direction to junior engineers
  • Other operational duties as assigned


  • Minimum 8 years of Linux Engineering experience
  • Minimum 8 years of experience working in a Production Support environment
  • Extensive knowledge in implementing NIST and Federal Security standards on-premise and cloud environments.
  • Experience implementing security tools such as Netsparker, HP Fortify, Splunk, and application patching for vulnerabilities.
  • At least one Industry-relevant certification is mandatory (Linux+, RHCSA, OCP, GCUX, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to clearly communicate and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in business productivity tools, such as, Word, Excel, Power-Point, Visio, SharePoint, Teams, etc.
  • Robust understanding of IT practices, service management, governance frameworks, and industry standards (Ex: ITIL, ITSM, COBIT, ISO).
  • Ability to analyze complex data and present findings in a clear and easily understood manner.
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