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Principal Systems/Cloud Engineer

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Job ID: 2018172
Location: MCLEAN, VA, United States
Date Posted: Jan 7, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


The SAIC National Security Group is seeking candidates to join our team in support of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). We are actively seeking a Systems Engineer to provide on-site support to the ODNI CTO’s mission.

The successful candidate must quickly develop a broad understanding of the ODNI CTO’s initiatives. They must project a professional demeanor, utilizing oral and written communication skills. Interpersonal skills are important as this position requires working with and getting buy-in from senior professional staff, and mid to high-level government leadership within the ODNI. The successful candidate must be self-motivated, flexible, and willing to take the initiative on tasks supporting the ODNI CTO.

Additionally, the candidate may be involved in the evaluation and recommendation of commercial and open-source technologies for large-scale data systems providing high availability, geographic diversity, and low latency. The candidate must be capable of detailed technical writing, effective visual presentations, and sound verbal communication with peers and senior management.

The primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical direction, guidance, and strategic support to the Chief Technology Officer of the ODNI
  • Prepare and provide technical recommendations in support of existing and future technology standards, especially those required to leverage IC ITE, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft 365/Azure, and ServiceNow
  • Provide technical advice and recommendations for enterprise architecture solutions
  • Serve as an ODNI CTO representative and attend IC-wide and Federal Government meetings, as necessary
  • Recommend cost-optimization solutions for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid cloud computing environments
  • Prepare technical implementation road maps to support the evolution of existing capabilities to the to-be enterprise architecture
  • Run reports to identify potential improvements in security, vulnerabilities, and performance, of ODNI cloud environments
  • Assist with the identifying metrics and analyzing measures associated with all ODNI IT systems
  • Evaluate existing technology solutions and provide recommendations for to-be ODNI technology requirements
  • Identify, vet, and create business cases for new IT requirements from ODNI components
  • Provide technical expertise on cloud computing and cloud migration based on best practices for both


  • Candidate must have an active TS/SCI clearance, a CI polygraph
  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in a technical field or equivalent work experience
  • Working knowledge of current technologies, strategical technical direction, and implementation practices in government (IC/DoD) and industry
  • Knowledge of current cloud computing environments, architectures, and migration efforts
  • Familiarity with AWS cloud, Microsoft Azure cloud, or other cloud service providers
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and lead tasks
  • Ability to work with short-notice requirements and fluid priorities
  • Self-starter who requires little or no direction or supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; specific experience interacting with senior government or commercial leadership
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)



  • Minimum of three years of experience in supporting the IC
  • Previous work experience supporting Technology Officers or Technical Directors;
  • 5 years combined government or commercial experience in technology and/or technical guidance and support;
  • Experience using XACTA and the ServiceNow application platform;
  • Working knowledge of current IC/DoD enterprise architecture frameworks and associated governance;
  • Recent experience performing in a Systems Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) role



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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