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Chief Architect

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Job ID: 2303457
Location: MCLEAN, VA, United States
Date Posted: Sep 27, 2023
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Enterprise Architect
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC seeks a Chief Architect (CA) with a passion for innovation combined with excellent skills for designing and delivering solutions spanning enterprise, application, security, data, operations, and analytics. Success will require the ability to adapt to changing requirements while maintaining a disciplined drive to resilient a modern architecture, leverage existing assets, that is capable of consuming and exploiting vast amounts of complex data. Communication of designs as well as the ability to support full development lifecycle is critical to delivering mission outcomes. This role will work with and propose cutting edge innovations, support the business sponsors for investment decisions, oversee full lifecycle delivery of solutions, and collaborate across multiple IC agencies. Collaboration, communication, and excellent writing and briefing skills are essential to success.

As the CA for a flagship program within the IC, you  will oversee and provide direction for all technical aspects of the program in a dynamic and complex environment to include: requirements management, design and architecture, development, security, deployment and installation, testing, research, cost-justification and recommendation, and operations and maintenance, for complete IT enterprise solutions both on-prem and multi-cloud.

The CA is responsible for researching, establishing business case, and supporting current and delivering future enterprise architectures.  This encompasses broad enterprise domain including complex external contributors and consumers.   It includes security, network, storage, and compute resources as hybrid on prem and multi-cloud.  Applications and components include COTS, GOTS (new and legacy), Open Source, and cloud managed services. This position requires knowledge of security, classifications systems, and processes such as achieving and maintaining authority to operate (ATO).   This position includes broad mission-aligned IT responsibilities with a heavy focus on data operations, curation, management, analytics, and security. The CA supports the Program Manager (PM) to ensure teams of contractors, sub-contractors, and government participants are performing effectively

Responsibilities include: 

  • Continuous modernization of architecture and IT’s application of that architecture to support mission, resulting in solutions and business cases for tactical and strategic continuous improvement.
  • Execution of approved plans by refining mission needs into actionable requirements, then guiding implementation and operations teams to deliver solutions
  • Leading research to create business cases for recommended investments for an enterprise architecture that encompass complex classified networks and enclaves, multi-cloud, on-prem, a wide range of COTS/GOTS applications and data, and ever-growing portfolio of analytics capabilities.
  • Supporting the PM in achieving the customer and contract goals and objectives


  • Active TS/SCI clearance with willingness and eligibility to obtain a CI Polygraph
  • A Bachelor’s of Science/Engineering degree in Electrical, Computer Engineering, System Engineering, Network Engineering or other related technical field. 
  • A minimum 10 years of experience developing enterprise solutions for complex data-driven, information sharing systems. 
  • 8570 certification; minimum level III or ability to maintain certification within the next 6 months.


  • Master’s degree in engineering, computer science, or other related technical field. 
  • Minimum three years planning and executing local and long-haul communications.
  • Credentials: CISSP, Certified SAFe 5 Agilist, Agile Scrum Master/Product Owner. 
  • Experience with complex analytics including areas such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and an array of intelligence types (HUMINT, GEOINT, OSINT, etc…)
  • Experience in Quality of Service (QoS) management and governance in Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)
  • Demonstrated experience leading Agile and Scaled Agile teams to successfully deliver Mission Outcomes; specifically focused on data ingestion, analysis and fusion, and dissemination.  
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to deliver 
    • Multi-year technology roadmap
    • Enterprise and application development and modernization, including Service-oriented, container-based design
    • On-Prem and Cloud-based IC/CT Networks and enclaves.
    • Layered security and requirements for operational lifecycle (resulting in  ATO)
    • Storage and data systems (RDBMS, NoSQL, Graph)
    • Compute including design for scaling, high availability, and continuous ops (COOP)
    • Ability to capture requirements, oversee development, and integrated deliverables of data science (AI/ML/NLP)
    • IT Service Management, Agile and Scaled Agile, DevSecOps

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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