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Principal Software Systems Engineer

Job ID: 2015425
Location: CHARLESTON, SC, United States
Date Posted: Jul 21, 2021
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Systems Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: Yes
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a seasoned Principal Software Systems Engineer to contribute to a small team assisting the US Air Force in prototyping and maturing scalable architectures for mission systems that attain, protect, integrate, analyze, visualize, and disseminate a wide variety of mission data.  This role involves creative and technically sound discovery, evaluation, and integration of cutting-edge technologies that will help solve some of the most pressing operational challenges facing our armed forces.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Evaluating operational and technical requirements and specifications
  • Designing and securing software components and data structures
  • Testing, integrating, and deploying software components in a 24/7 production environment;
  • Performance analysis
  • Success in this role requires consistent delivery of functionally and operationally sound products in a fast-paced, cohesive team environment.    



  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, Engineering or other relevant technical field; or  eight (8) years of experience with a Master’s Degree.
  • DoD Security+ or CISSP training certification
  • Strong development skills in Java, with demonstrated architect-level experience.
  • Experience with multi-threading, event-based software architectures, queue technologies (e.g., Kafka) and asynchronous event handling
  • Professional track-record of implementing enterprise solutions with strict availability, concurrency and low latency requirements
  • Significant hands-on experience and fluency in data storage solutions (Amazon RDS, Document stores, graph store, Hadoop) and an understanding of when to use them
  • Proficiency with scripting languages (python, javascript, typescript, bash, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of both front-end and back-end technologies that support Data-as-a-Service (DaaS)
  • Knowledge of applied security concepts (authentication, authorization, protocols), including Military CAC authentication.
  • Experience with Java build systems (Maven, Gradle)
  • Familiarity with cloud-based concepts and the AWS component stack


  • Must hold a DoD/IC Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility.

Target salary range: $125,001 - $150,000. 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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