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Chief Network Engineer

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Job ID: 2307918
Location: WASHINGTON, DC, United States
Date Posted: Sep 30, 2023
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Technical Svcs
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description

Description

The Vanguard 2.2.1 Program provides transparent, interconnected systems and security support to the Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) information technology programs.  IRM enables DOS to successfully carry out its foreign policy mission providing enterprise network engineering, operations and maintenance support services for desktop computing, servers, networks, firewalls, voice and data communications, infrastructure security, and other unique enterprise applications. 

The Enterprise Network Management (ENM) office has an opening for a Chief Network Engineer to translate business requirements into telecommunications (e.g., Voice, Data, VoIP, RoIP, LAN, WAN, and Video) requirements, designs, and orders.  The successful candidate will possess outstanding interpersonal and executive level communication skills, emotional intelligence, proven thought leadership and technical guidance experience, and engineering analysis with respect to DOS’s global network infrastructure. The abilities to guide teams in conducting planning and execution of IT service enhancements, and integration qualities with a focus on security and operational readiness of all solutions; formulate concept of operations, define requirements, system architecture, analysis and design, interface, and data architecture, testing, validation and verification, system and operational performance analysis, lifecycle cost analysis and estimation, and decision analysis and resolution.

Description of Duties

Execute the duties and responsibilities as a senior member of the Enterprise Network Management Office at the Department of State (DOS) Information Resources Management bureau.  Provide senior level engineering design and architecture support to provide enterprise-level solutions using physical and virtual networking technologies, server hosting, and storage solutions.  Provide white papers for technical systems solutions and incremental roadmaps.  The Lead Network Engineer will have daily interactions with government clients related to meeting technical requirements for Data Center and Overseas infrastructure initiatives. Domain knowledge and technical decision-making will have a critical impact on overall project implementation and execution. 

  • Architect, engineer, and deploy enterprise solutions for 100K+ users. 
  • Work with customers to determine their functional needs, priorities, and develop/update roadmaps. 
  • Translate customer needs into hardware/software requirements.
  • Provide technical direction for project team throughout SDLC. 
  • Assist in the development of Enterprise policies and directives.
  • Participate in functional/user acceptance testing ensuring product meets customer's needs.
  • Conduct Technical Exchange Meetings.
  • Review and document functionality of existing legacy applications.
  • Create technical specifications and white papers as required.
  •  Communicate regularly to government POCs regarding project activities and status.
  • Plan, research, evaluate and recommend new equipment and related technologies.
  • Develop contingency plans for infrastructure related software/hardware failures.

Qualifications

Required Education, Experience, Skills, & Attributes

  • A bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, information technology, or related field and 12 years of experience; master’s degree in related technology field and 10-years of experience in network/system management; or 16+ years of general engineering experience with an emphasis in LAN/WAN engineering and support;
  • Knowledge and experience in network/system engineering and security, routers, switches, and VPNs.
  • Experience with VoIP/Wi-Fi design and implementation.
  • Experience with global network operations, network/system integration, and network/system hardware.
  • Must possess strong emotional intelligence, interpersonal and executive level communication skills.
  • Must be able to work in a multivendor network.
  • Working knowledge of IP subnetting, IP routing and troubleshooting IP-related issues.
  • Knowledge of Data Center Architecture’s and designs for large scale Data Centers.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Converged Stack infrastructure (i.e., VCE Vblock, FlexPod).
  • Knowledge and experience with Large Scale Storage Area Network Systems (Design, Build, Operate).
  • Knowledge and experience with VMware (Design, Build, Operate).
  • Knowledge of IP Networking VPN’s, switching, and routing. 
  • Knowledge of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) concepts and principles.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft File Systems, Operating Systems and Applications.
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft OS systems.
  • Systems Engineering background with understanding of Cloud Computing Reference Architecture.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Travel Requirements

  • Candidate must be willing to: travel within the Washington DC Metro area to support various program initiatives; support a rotational on-call posture after normal working hours in response to technical support requests; and travel within and outside the continental United States, if required (not to exceed 10%).            

Required Clearance

  • US Citizenship
  • Ability to obtain TS/SCI Clearance
  • Active Secret or Top Secret Clearance is highly preferred.

Desired Experience, Skills, & Attributes

  • Experience with Nortel/AVAYA and Cisco PBX products.
  • Familiar with the setup, configuration, and maintenance of Network Monitoring tools.
  • Knowledge of network security, infrastructure protection and possess an active CISSP certification. 
  • Familiarity with DOS environment (data and voice networks, IT systems, policies, and procedures), Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH), Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM).
  • VMware: VCP 5+ Certified, working knowledge of SRM, VCOPS, SMVI, VCAC
  • Networking:  Design knowledge and experience with Cisco Network components (switches, routers), Certifications (i.e., CCNA-DC, CCNP) CISCO training 7000/5000/1000.
  • Compute: Design knowledge of Cisco UCS technologies and HP blade technologies. Maintain server/blade hardware include failed component replacement.
  • Storage: Design knowledge of EMC Storage Area Network arrays and associated storage systems.  Working knowledge with Recover Point, Viper, VCE vision.
  • Virtual Desktop: Design knowledge and experience with Virtual Desktop Infrastructures.
  • ITIL v4 Foundations certificate.
  • Current and active PMP certification by PMI.
  • Prior experience working within the Department of State IRM bureau will be considered as a significant plus.

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.

Overview

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 saic.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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