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Job ID: 216037
Location: SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States
Date Posted: May 11, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


The Enterprise & Mission Solution Business Unit currently has an opening for an Engineer to support the Vanguard 2 program. The Vanguard 2 program provides transparent, interconnected systems and security support for the Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) program. The IRM program supports the Department of State to successfully carry out its U.S. foreign policy mission by providing enterprise architecture design, engineering, operations and maintenance support services for desktop computers, servers, networks, firewalls, and enterprise applications.

This position is in support of the Department of State as a part of the Vanguard 2.2.1 contract.  The candidate will be responsible for creating technical specifications for bulk purchased hardware, User Acceptance Testing (UAT) of selected hardware, lab configuration, and lab management.  The candidate will research and evaluate as necessary new and emerging technologies in order to find ways to deliver a superior IT environment to the bureaus in a cost effective and secure manner. The candidate will support the continuing goal of incorporating these innovative technologies into the Department’s equipment modernization program. Although the candidate will not have supervisory responsibilities, the assigned individual must be able to communicate clearly and succinctly, both in writing and orally, and present products and ideas in a professional manner.

Responsibilities include:
Execute the duties and responsibilities as a member of the Global IT Modernization Lab Team at the DOS Information Resources Management bureau.

  • Research and create hardware specifications (server, switch, storage, desktop, thin client, printer, etc.) for inclusion in DOS Bulk Purchasing Agreements.
  • Participate in functional or UAT testing to ensure selected products meet established specifications.
  • Integrate, configure and support lab IT systems.
  • Support the implementation of VMware hardware and operating systems solutions to provide hosting services to multiple lab environments.
  • Participate in functional or UAT testing to ensure final product meets intent of the customer’s needs.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; Additional experience may be accepted in lieu of degree.
  • General knowledge of IT environments and systems.
  • Testing procedures and test documentation creation.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Good writing and verbal skills.

Required Clearance

  • Must hold a Secret clearance to start with the ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

Desired Certifications & Skills

  • Networking certifications at CISCO professional level.
  • VMware Certified professional 5.0 or higher.
  • Experience with enterprise storage arrays (e.g. NetApp, EMC, etc.)
  • Familiarity with DOS environment (data and voice networks, IT systems, policies and procedures).
  • Knowledge or Training on blade compute platforms from CISCO or HP.
  • Knowledge or Training on Backup software (i.e. Avamar / CommVault).
  • Strong scripting skills
  • MCSE Certification.
  • ITIL v3.0 Foundations certificate.


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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