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Veterans Affairs Senior Architect

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Job ID: 2018078
Location: FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States
Date Posted: Nov 30, 2020
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Enterprise Architect
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Yes

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Job Description

Description

SAIC and its Veterans Affairs (VA) Practice is one of the largest and fastest growing providers of consulting services to the Federal market.  SAIC is creating professional opportunities for those seeking a growth oriented business environment. Our professionals work with Government agencies and organizations to create efficiencies, increase organizational and human performance, reduce costs, improve operating results, and achieve mission success.


 This is a 100% remote / work from home role. 


SAIC is deploying a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals to provide technical management and support services that will assist in delivering effective, consistent and timely project management execution throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).  SAIC is seeking a Solution Architect to support the LGY project. The Solution Architect will design and develop the system architecture for a software development Product Line at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Since third-party developers oversee software design and implementation, the Solution Architect provides guidance, oversight, and advice to ensure that architectural design aligns to best practices, VA standards, and operating constraints. They advise the VA Product Line Manager and directly lead or support the development of architectural diagrams and documentation and system information requirements. They support evaluation of software, hardware, and other components against system requirements to ensure fit for purpose, balance with existing constraints, and compliance with standards.


 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


 


  • Design and develop solution architecture for integrated benefits delivery products and services

  • Create diagrams and documentation with all components that comprise IT systems including network topology

  • Establish system information requirements using analysis of the information engineer(s) in the development of enterprise-wide or large-scale information systems

  • Design architecture to include the software, hardware, and communications to support the total requirements as well as provide for present and future cross-functional requirements and interfaces

  • Lead the team and develop the architectural runway providing design direction and the solution framework for applications.

  • Understand and maintain the technical stack and technology used to build applications

  • Collaborate with customers, end-users, developers, and project managers to analyze, design, implement, and support IT applications and systems

  • Evaluate the as-is architecture against agreed upon architecture guidelines provided by VA and broader industry best practices.

  • Document potential modernization and improvement opportunities in the portfolio backlog.

  • Assist VA project managers with the development of high-quality responses to internal and external information requests and provide technical consultation and support on all platform initiatives.

  • Translate technical information from disparate sources into executive-level communications

  • Adhere to standard operating procedures for program activities and identify process improvements

  • Facilitate meetings with VA employees and capture meeting minutes

  • Work independently to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices

  • Function as part of an integrated team sharing products, best practices, and information across the portfolio

  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications

Required Education and Experience: 
  • 8 years of IT-related experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, or similar OR an additional 10 years of relevant IT experience (15 years total). A Master's degree is preferred. 
  • SAFe Certification.
  • Experience in design and development of IT architecture with a deep understanding of AWS architecture and services: S3, DMS, Redshift, Glue, Spectrum, Athena, Quick Sight, toolsets, and data modeling
  • Experience in managing and developing in the AWS environment, as well as knowledge of Data Warehouse development or DataMart and Business Intelligence

  • Proven experience with data movement and building data pipelines

  • Experience in a wide range of work in creating diagrams and documentation with all components that comprise IT systems including network topology.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Ability to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • Experience with Agile methodology and providing program/project management support to a government client.
Experience with: 

  • AWS Redshift, Quick Sight, S3, DMS, Jira, GitHub, or comparable DevOps tools
  • Microsoft® Office Suite, i.e. Word/Excel/Power Point/Outlook/Access/MS® Project, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Visio


Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience supporting the VA.
  • Experience in design and development of IT architecture with a deep understanding of AWS architecture and services: S3, DMS, Redshift, Glue, Spectrum, Athena, Quick Sight, toolsets, and data modeling
  • Experience in managing and developing in the AWS environment, as well as knowledge of Data Warehouse development or DataMart and Business Intelligence

  • Proven experience with data movement and building data pipelines

  • Experience in a wide range of work in creating diagrams and documentation with all components that comprise IT systems including network topology.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Federal consulting or employment experience
  • Experience working as a contractor or an employee for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • Experience in Jira, Power BI, AWS (Redshift), Quick Sight, DMS, Spectrum, Glue, Athena

  • Experience working in a consulting environment and understanding of client/customer relations

  • Deep knowledge of data movement and building data pipelines

  • Data Warehouse development and/or DataMart and Business Intelligence knowledge

  • Ability to work under pressure, coordinate multiple assignments at once, and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service

  • High attention to detail

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Ability to grasp complex technologies easily, learn new information quickly, and adapt to changing job requirements

 

 

 



Overview

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 saic.com 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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