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Network Operations Engineering Lead

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Job ID: 1926982
Location: SHAW AFB, SC, United States
Date Posted: Jun 2, 2020
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: IT Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description


Join SAIC’s Information Technology (IT) Support Services Team in the Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC) of the US Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) Communications Directorate (A6). This opportunity places you at the tip of the spear for Engineering, Operations and Maintenance, Cyber Security, and Defensive Cyber Operations supporting the warfighter in the Southwest Asia region.


USAFCENT is the air component of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), a regional unified command. USAFCENT, in concert with its coalition, joint and interagency partners, delivers decisive air and space power on behalf of USCENTCOM for the security and stability of the Southwest Asia (SWA) region. The USAFCENT NOSC delivers cyberspace command and control (C2) superiority to the warfighter by engineering, implementing, securing, managing, operating and maintaining USAFCENT’s Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet), Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPRNet), CENTCOM Partner Networks (CPN-X), and associated C2 networks, systems and services.


The USAFCENT NOSC executes the full-spectrum of IT services management and operations for USAFCENT networks 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week (24/7); and is tasked by USCENTCOM to provide information assurance (IA) boundary intrusion detection and intrusion prevention for USCENTCOM components. Comprised of NOSC operations, operations support, cybersecurity, network engineering, and command support functions, the USAFCENT NOSC plans, engineers, installs, integrates, operates and maintains, protects and manages enterprise-wide network and systems architecture, infrastructure and services; and provides enterprise-level oversight to its subordinate and supported communications support activities.


Candidates will be working at Shaw AFB, SC and/or Lackland AFB, TX. Frequent temporary duty (TDY) and/or deployment travel to OCONUS locations in the USCENTCOM AOR is required to support sustainment, site surveys, installations, upgrades, integration, testing, troubleshooting and other mission-related requirements.


The candidate for this position interprets and administers policies, processes, and procedures that may affect sections and subordinate work units, provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established company policies, and recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization.


The Network Operations Engineering Lead:

  • May design, analyze, plan, modify, and maintain networks and network components supporting data, voice and/or audio communication activities. 

  • Prepares the analysis of short/long term capacity needs for switching, routing transmission and signaling. 

  • May conduct network architecture design, feasibility and cost studies as well as internal studies of network performance and traffic analysis. 

  • May evaluate new technology. Duties may include providing specifications and detailed schematics for network architecture; providing information for hardware and software selection; and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements.

  • Conducts testing of network systems.
  • Maintains technical expertise in all areas of network and computer hardware and software interconnection and interfacing, such as routers, switches, firewalls, hubs, bridges, gateways, etc.

  • Evaluates and reports on new network technologies to enhance capabilities of the network. 

  • Represents the organization as prime technical contact on contracts and projects. 

  • Interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

 Specific duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing experienced professionals (e.g. engineers, scientists, financial analysts) who exercise discretion and independent judgement performing assignments.  Often heads one or more sections of a small department.

  • Providing administration, installation, operation, and maintenance support on applications, systems and infrastructure equipment supporting all the USAFCENT NOSC unclassified, classified and coalition networks.

  • Monitoring the security posture (STIG compliance, patching, vulnerability scans, and end-point protection compliancy) of the NOSC networks devices and systems.

  • Executing remediation actions to ensure proper STIG compliance, patching, vulnerability mitigation and end-point protection compliancy of NOSC networks devices and systems.

  • Maintaining server room including enforcing and monitoring equipment installations, proper cable maintenance, and cleanliness.

  • Engineering and maintaining network layer architecture and systems design to include architecture diagrams and rack elevation drawings.

  • Monitoring NOSC network and systems status using NOSC standard network management platforms and remediate outages and events, as required.

  • Maintaining and updating all spare parts and components of the USAFCENT NOSC domain.

  • Conducting and monitoring data backup and recovery for servers and applications IAW the SPIN-C and local NOSC policies and procedures.

  • Responding and resolving tickets and incidents in accordance with SPIN-C and local NOSC policies and procedures.

  • Controlling, safeguarding, configuring, and providing touch maintenance of encryption devices.

  • Participating in new technology rollouts on the NOSC domain/networks.


  • Bachelors and nine (9) years or more of related experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more of related experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more of related experience.  In lieu of a degree, four (4) years of additional experience is required. 
  • Must have one or more of the following certifications
    • CISSP
    • UNIX, 
    • VCA, 
    • MCSE Server or Higher 
    • ITIL Foundation.
  • Active TS/SCI clearance


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's most complex modernization and readiness challenges. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission solutions. Using our expertise in existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro forma annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. For SAIC benefits information, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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