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Principal Systems Administrator - OCONUS

Job ID: 2117502
Location: , Qatar
Date Posted: Jan 6, 2022
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Sys Administrator
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


Job Description/Responsibilities:

Please note that this is an OCONUS opportunity located in Qatar. Eligible applicants must be a current U.S. citizen and possess an active DoD Secret Clearance. 

The Principal Systems Engineer will be responsible for the following responsibilities:

  • Installation, configuration, and support of the CENTCOM Partner Network (CPN) for the Qatari Armed Forces.
  • Installing, configuring, and maintaining operating system workstations and servers. Performs software installations and upgrades to operating systems and layered software packages.
  • Scheduling installations and upgrades and maintains them in accordance with IT policies and procedures. Monitors and tunes the system to achieve optimum performance levels.
  • Ensuring data/media recoverability by implementing a schedule of system backups and archive operations.
  • Conducting routine hardware and software audits of workstations and servers to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configuration guidelines.
  • Adhering to and implementing the current Department of Defense Cybersecurity policies and procedures and to conduct audits
  • Must maintain strong knowledge of the system and may be required to provide technical presentations, CPN on-the-job training (OJT) and refresher training for operations center watch-standers. 
  • Participating in the administration of Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft server/client workstations, printers, imaging, account management and active directory and support new installations and future upgrades.
  • Maintaining software in operating condition and install updates, investigate, correct, and document all reported software Interacting directly with Qatari customers and/or functional peer group managers. 
  • Participating in CPN engineering activities which include Command and Control Interoperability Board (CCIB) meetings, System Integration/Installation, Validation and Verification, System and Operational Performance Analysis and testing.


Education/Experience Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field, from an accredited institution, and ten (10) years’ experience in systems administration is required. 4 additional years of experience may be substituted in lieu of degree. 

Required Skills and Certifications:

  • Candidate must have the following certifications at the time of applying for role:
  1. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) or equivalent
  2. CompTIA Security+ .
  • Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and have an ACTIVE DoD Secret level clearance 
  • Candidate must have prior experience with Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft system administration including server/client workstation, imaging, account management and active directory.
  • Candidate must be familiar with configuration of Type-1 encryption devices.
  • Candidate must have well developed communication skills, and be able to express thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely in both verbal and written format. Must be a self-starter, team player, detail oriented, and able to handle multiple tasks in a complex environment with little or no supervision or assistance.

The following Technical skills are highly desirable: 

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or equivalent certification.
  • Experienced with configuration and troubleshooting of CISCO routers, LAN and WAN routing protocols, switches, Unified Communications Manager and VoIP phones.
  • Experience with the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS) and working in a military environment with classified networks and knowledge of U.S. coalition networks.


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.



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