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Job ID: 2117910
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Dec 1, 2021
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Top Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: Yes
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Job Description


The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 is the next generation strike fighter bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battle-space of the future. The F-35’s advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and firepower will ensure that the F-35 is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used by so many warfighters around the world. The JPO is currently going through a digital transformation effort to maintain warfighter, congressional, departmental and parliamentary support. To that end we require development, buildout and sustainment DevSecOps (DSOP) support within our F[1]35 cloud software ecosystems. The JPO is converging with the DoD-wide enterprise service, Platform One, capability with the goal to make the DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Platform (DSOP) initiative a reality by leveraging industry best practices, open-source software such as Kubernetes and containers, and commercial solutions to instantiate DevSecOps continuous integration (CI)/continuous delivery (CD) pipelines at various classification levels.

The JPO is building an infrastructure-agnostic platform to support the F-35’s vast infrastructure options (including — Government clouds, on premise, disconnected and classified environments), with the ability to deploy a DevSecOps platform (Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Kubernetes compliant) with accredited and secured hardened containers built from the DoD Centralized Artifacts Repository (DCAR), now referred to as Iron Bank, in order to support the F-35’s ability to field operational capabilities faster. This process will be compliant with the published DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Reference Design and meet all regulatory testing and cybersecurity requirements while encouraging DoD-wide reciprocity and expertise

SAIC will provide Agile frameworks such as Kanban and Scrum as needed and will ensure all product backlog are properly defined and sized.  F35 PMO is deploying DevSecOps Platform (DSOP) in multiple gov cloud environments from Unclassified to Top Secret, including Special Access Programs; with the intent to make these hybrid cloud solutions viable for F35 development.  The candidate for this position will directly support building the DevSecOps platform capabilities for the government software systems and must possess the following skills and/or experience:

  • CNCF-Kubernetes on Cloud or On-Prem, understanding of IaC (Infrastructure as Code)
  • Expert level of Knowledge in Istio (Service Mesh)
  • Experience in using Terraform, Docker and custom Kubernetes Operators
  • Expert Knowledge with customizing Helm Charts, Admission Controllers, CRDs and Controllers
  • Experience with DevSecOps implementation using Jenkins, Gitlab CI, Istio/service mesh, Ansible and ArgoCD in an AWS or Azure Cloud
  • Experience with developing, testing, and maintaining containerized applications
  • A DevSecOps Engineer should have a passion for building and maintaining CI/CD pipelines for a large enterprise that consists of hundreds of applications
  • Possess a strong "security first" mindset
  • Must have a Top Secret Clearance

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with Agile, Scrum, or Kanban frameworks
  • DevOps or DevSecOps certification or training
  • CompTIA Sec +CE, or other equivalent IAT II certification


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and eighteen (18) years or more experience; Masters and sixteen (16) years or more experience; PhD or JD and fifteen years or more experience

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees are required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. All SAIC employees must be fully vaccinated and they must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Where work is performed strictly at a customer site, customer site vaccination requirements preempt SAIC's vaccination policy.
Target salary range: $215,001 - $225,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are more than 26,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a respectful work culture based on diversity, equity, and inclusion that values all contributors. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion. For more information, visit

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