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  • Network Architect
  • Washington DC
  • Full-Time

Job Description


Federal Working Group Inc. is currently seeking a Network Architect. The Network Architect has primary and interdisciplinary skills to cost-effectively architect and transition large-scale network services for an enterprise. Responsible for designing computer networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems. Creates, tests, and evaluates networks. The ENA designs and supports a very high availability mission and administrative enterprise network with delineated service levels for performance, reliability, maintainability, and availability.



Federal Working Group is a Northern Virginia-based small business committed to delivering value through trust and loyalty of our customers, retaining highly skilled and experienced professionals, practical application of structured management frameworks, and implementing current best practices.


Federal Working Group’s core competencies are Agile IT Programs, Project Management Services, Enterprise Portfolio Management & Governance Services, Infrastructure Strategy & Data Center Supports, and IT Security, Strategy & Operations.


Federal Working Group was established in 2004 as a competitive and high-performing company. The organization over the year has successfully grown from 4 employees to over 100. In addition, to being recognized as an outstanding solutions provider, Federal Working Group also has a proven track record to exceed customers’ expectations.




  • Collaborating with network architects to design and implement functional company networks
  • Installing and configuring networking hardware
  • Creating and implementing network security measures
  • Conducting regular network performance tests
  • Expert knowledge of L2 & L3 protocols. (STP, BGP, MPLS, L2VPN, L3VPN, VRRP)
  • Excellent knowledge of Internet Service Provider operations & application protocols. (DNS, HTTP, SMTP)
  • Basic understanding of at least one scripting or programing language
  • Expert knowledge of Layer 2 and Layer3 development of large scale IPv4 and IPv6 networks,
  • Knowledge of BGP Routing and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Proven track record working with Software Defined Networking (SDN), including SD-WAN implementations
  • Hands-on experience with LTE/5G wireless technologies
  • Understanding of Securing Transport via VPN/IPSec with IDS/IPS integration
  • Excellent knowledge of Enterprise Network Functions such as DNS, DHCP, NTP and PTP
  • Integration of enterprise network with Cloud Services (AWS, Azure, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Legacy TDM communication (serial, T1/E1, analog voice)
  • Understanding of Associated TDM to IP solutions (such as Circuit emulation via Circuit to Packet Devices)




  • Work on emerging high-profile projects and will be considered a subject matter expert and is responsible for meeting the business and technical requirements for the organization’s overall objectives
  • Interprets customer requirements and develops internal requirements, and designs solutions for optimal enterprise communication services
  • Identifies solutions based on alternative analysis, providing detailed assessments against requirements (technical, cost, business, security, schedule), establishing a baseline for the enterprise network
  • Assess customer objectives, goals, intents, requirements, standards, etc. and re-craft these multifaceted constituents to re-state the problem and translate into enterprise objectives and requirements
  • Establishes and maintains the baseline for enterprise network design
  • Performs customer requirement interpretation, develops internal network requirements to support the design and delivery of enterprise communication services
  • Establishes enterprise network architecture baselines and works with network system engineering to allocate requirements to all elements of the enterprise network
  • Defines the enterprise network backbone(s), local access, cloud and premise architecture, and services to support the architecture (both commercial and/or developed)
  • Develops trade-off alternatives evaluating make-buy feasibility by performing concept exploration using established trade-off techniques to identify the best solution inclusive of cost, schedule, function, performance, security, and risk using figures of merit
  • Develops realistic use cases and scenarios that the program will encounter and tests various solutions performing proof of concept demonstrations or experiments
  • Evaluates architecture solutions and creates models of the target architecture alternatives to study the positive/negative effects
  • Documents the design with multiple views for various usage levels (technical, architectural, business, operational, maintenance, etc.)
  • Develops the system, subsystem, and hardware/software specifications inclusive of a concurrent engineering team
  • Verifies conformance of the design to specification requirements and the established baseline
  • Produces enterprise network engineering work products for the system under design to include: network communications hardware, software/platforms, systems, sparing plans, operational parameters, specifications, plans, and reports
  • Develops enterprise network concept of operations for the range of required technologies identified above
  • Identifies and quantifies risks and develops mitigation strategies
  • Organizes and optimizes the integration of systems, businesses, and people so that the interaction is highly efficient and operates as a whole
  • Designs and defines interfaces between subsystems and external entities, minimizing the amount of information to be exchanged between the subsystems and external entities
  • Develops transition strategies, plans, and processes for migration from a legacy WAN and for co-evolving components of systems and their integration
  • Establishes a failure reporting, analysis, and corrective action plan in coordination with concurrent engineering disciplines
  • Works with software engineering to develop and interpret requirements in the context of components and systems
  • Establishes the enterprise network bills of material (BOM) baseline for software and hardware and defines the inventory management control system
  • Conducts system requirements reviews, design reviews, preliminary and critical design reviews with concurrent engineering teams and contractors to monitor and measure the progress of a network or system being designed
  • Enhances organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments
  • Enhances enterprise network engineering team accomplishments and competence by planning delivery of architectural solutions; answering technical and procedural questions for less experienced team members; teaching improved processes; mentoring team members


Required Qualifications:



  • Requires a Bachelors with 12+ years of prior relevant experience or Masters degree with a minimum of 10+ years of specific experience as a WAN network architect
  • Experience with basic networking principles/setup
  • Working knowledge of telecommunications as applied to systems engineering
  • Expert working knowledge of Software Defined Networking (SDN), including SD-WAN implementations and LTE/5G wireless technologies
  • Proven portfolio of large complex programs that required WAN architecture/design and applied system life cycle processes
  • Familiarity with US Federal Government engineering practices, including specifications and standards


Federal Working Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or genetics. Federal Working Group, Inc. does and will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Reasonable accommodation will enable an applicant with a disability to successfully apply for and/or perform the job’s essential duties.




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