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Cloud Optimization Engineer

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Job ID: 2012151
Location: MCLEAN, VA, United States
Date Posted: Mar 9, 2021
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Cloud Comp Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: Yes
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Job Description


Cloud Optimization Engineer


SAIC is looking for a highly motivated and experienced (Remote work permitted) Cloud Optimization Engineering expert to support various programs and strategic initiatives within the company, including internal investment projects (IR&D) and external customer support.  The selected candidate will be an expert in all aspects of Cloud Optimization, Automation, Scripting and Development who readily adapts to support a variety of challenging technical requirements in a dynamic and fast paced environment.


The Cloud Optimization Engineer will provide technical leadership and commercial best practices to optimize Cloud resource consumption and costs for AWS and Azure. He/she will evolve and improve Cloud DevSecOps, application migrations, application of common services, and operations and sustainment with the intent to reduce Cloud resource consumption and costs without sacrificing performance and availability. He/she will be responsible for transforming high-level/low-level enterprise design artifacts into working, prototypes, capturing and analyzing results, optimizing system performance, and troubleshooting anomalies.



  • Cost optimizing existing cloud environments and applications.

  • Designs, plans, and integrates cloud computing and virtualization systems using infrastructure as code and modern cloud-native deployment techniques such as DevOps and/or DevSecOps. 

  • Providing architecture guidance

  • Preparing concept of operations papers

  • Developing target state diagrams

  • Conducting gap analysis of tools, common services and business processes

  • Researching alternatives

  • Evaluating total cost of ownership

  • Establishing roadmaps, project plans, and epics

  • Designing, developing, implementing and assessing prototype improvements

  • Establishing metrics

  • Mentoring teams

  • Preparing and presenting supporting documentation

  • Work closely with the Government engineers, SAIC cross-functional teams and SAIC partners to define and implement solutions

Other Characteristics:

  • Works on unusually complex technical problems and provides highly innovative and creative solutions.

  • Develops advanced technological ideas and guides their development into a final product. 

  • Serves as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs.  Acts as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications.

  • Works under consultative direction toward pre-determined long-range goals and objectives. 

  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

  • Applies advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts.  Contributes to development of new principles and concepts.

  • Participates with senior managers to establish strategic plans and objectives. 

  • May support new business development initiatives, including bid and proposal and bases of estimate

  • May support strategic initiatives within SAIC, including research and development

  • May support strategic alliances with outside vendors

  • Remains abreast of the newest cloud computing tools and technologies available.


Required Experience, Education, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s 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. 

  • 5 years of experience refactoring and migrating cloud applications using DevOps toolsets and modern methods

  • 3 years of experience optimizing business processes, developing business cases, and analyzing alternative

  • Continuous improvement and continuous learning mindset

  • Working knowledge of multiple Cloud Platforms

  • AWS or Azure Solutions Architect certification

  • Agile process and tools

  • Knowledge of DESMF or ITIL

  • Knowledge of ServiceNow or comparable IT Service Management (ITSM) products

  • DevSecOps methods and tools (e.g., Jenkins, Maven, ANT)

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills

  • Desired – Security + or CISSP certification 

Other Requirements:

  • US Citizenship is required

  • Location: 100% REMOTE with up to 25% travel.


  • A clearance is not required. Secret Clearance level must be able to obtain upon hire.  

Target salary range: $115,001 - $125,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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