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  • Sr. Systems Engineer
  • Bowie, MD
  • Full Time

Job Description

The candidate will lead systems engineering activities which include systems design and build of complex integrated services, from basic IT services through large-scale, computationally complex statistical applications, delivered in a hybrid cloud environment. Expertise in all phases of the SDLC and delivery of project oriented documentation (e.g. Concept of Operations, system analysis and design docs, validation and verification, system integration, system performance analysis, etc.). The Systems Engineer will design and document infrastructure and associated software system architecture by evaluating requirements, constructing flow charts and diagrams, studying system capabilities and translating them into executable design specifications.  The Systems Engineer will develop all process/control changes by identifying gaps and areas for improvement, while further enhancing or developing new processes. The candidate will also maintain design documents, requirements and operational documents by enforcing traceability, updating procedures and analyzing system and program changes.


Additionally, the Senior Systems Engineer will provide reachback operational troubleshooting support and assist with complex problems of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation and ability to identify causality.  Interact daily with supervisor, technical support staff, operations and engineering managers. Interactions with client counterparts on project matters within area of responsibility.


High visibility projects span from supporting next-generation data center builds, including software defined networks, hybrid cloud expansion, disaster recovery, infrastructure and application health & performance monitoring designs, compliance & vulnerability remediation designs, operational efficiency improvements and establishing various service delivery models.


Must work well with general guidance, generate competent technical input for operations type documentation, be detailed and security oriented.  Must have excellent oral and written communications skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills to deal with multiple contractors and government organization.  Must have worked in large enterprise class type environments, be in line with industry best practices, think outside the box, and be able to make recommendations to improve overall governance and support continuous improvement.


Job Requirements

Candidate must have the following knowledge, experience, and abilities:

  • Strong infrastructure experience and expertise
  • Cloud experience (hybrid preferred)
  • Experience in all phases of the Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
  • Experience working in an agile and/or DevSecOps environment
  • Experience with functional and/or technical aspects of enterprise COTS and custom development
  • Experience in functional requirements development, IT technical support and technical program strategy
  • Good knowledge of project management approaches, tools and phases of the project lifecycle including Agile
  • Extensive application and systems integration support experience
  • Proven experience engineering infrastructure and application health and performance monitoring solutions (e.g. SolarWinds, AppDynamics, Splunk)
  • Familiarity and practical application of advanced principles of ITIL/ITSM
  • Ability to present to executive management incident debriefs and root cause analysis reports.
  • Be a customer advocate by consistently meeting, exceeding expectations and incorporating customer service into all aspects of work


  • Technical knowledge of the latest Microsoft and Red Hat operating systems
  • Knowledge of government security policies (FISMA, NIST, DHS4300, etc.)
  • Multi-platform scripting abilities (e.g. PowerShell, Bash, Python, etc.)
  • Hands on experience with tools like Ansible, Puppet or other similar CM type tools
  • Virtualization experience managing VMware, Hyper-V and OpenShift based systems


Soft Skills and Abilities:

  • Organizational Skills: Can plan and prioritize work, both their own and that of project team. Follows tasks to their logical conclusion and makes sure that everything has been done to the right standard. Good attention to detail
  • Team Work: Comfortable working both individually and as part of a team. Prepared to challenge ideas within a group in a constructive way. Ability to influence others and move a strategic effort toward a common vision or goal
  • Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently to team members and clients, verbally and in writing. Able to present ideas in a variety of ways depending upon audience and context. Excellent active listening skills. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel, elected officials, executive leadership, senior management, users, vendors and subcontractor personnel
  • Problem Solving: Natural inclination for planning strategy and tactics. Ability to analyze problems and determine root cause, generating alternatives, evaluating and selecting alternatives and implementing solutions
  • Results Oriented: Able to drive things forward regardless of personal interest in the task
  • Mentoring: Experience in mentoring junior staff and/or staff not experienced with methodology, documentation, or project delivery

Education and Experience:10+ years of experience with a Bachelors in Computer Science or related field

  • In lieu of degree, a combination of education and 12 years of demonstrated hands on experience
  • TOGAF, CompTIA Infrastructure certifications are a plus
  • Any Microsoft, Red Hat or Amazon certifications are a plus
  • Certifications in Splunk or SolarWinds are a plus
  • Experience working in a PMI/Prince2 shop
  • Comfortable in a fast pace work environment
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