Data and Systems Architect SME - TS/SCI w/Poly

Clearance Level
Top Secret SCI + Polygraph
Data Science
Chantilly, Virginia

REQ#: RQ134232

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Requisition Type: Regular

The Data and System Architect is responsible for delivery of customer-focused software and IT projects in a fast-paced, dynamic, environment. This position will support a small team that works directly with the customer’s front office staff to help set the technical direction for the center.

Many of the center’s groups have independently developed their networks and supporting systems, which has led to a complicated web of systems. This individual will assist the customer by advising on a new, unified architecture for the center’s teams and supporting the development of a 4-5 year plan for a new data environment. Additionally, the individual will collaborate with software engineers, data scientists, analysts, project managers and other engineering groups provide support in the areas of data extraction, transformation and load (ETL), data mapping, analytics, operations, databases, and maintenance of data and associated systems.


  • Work across customer stakeholders to understand the current and in-development systems and their architectures, users, and workflows and provide recommendations for continuous improvement

  • Identify and make recommendations for systems and capabilities for possible convergence

  • Develop a roadmap of convergence paths of current systems/workflows and intermediate and stop-gap systems that align to the overarching, long-term vision and architecture

  • Incorporate capabilities for knowledge management and knowledge sharing between analysts and operators so that discoveries made by one analyst or team can enhance and enable the mission of other teams, analysts, and operators

  • Work with stakeholders to devise creative solutions for information/data sharing (via data schema, push/pull, one-way transfer, etc.) for systems and ecosystems that cannot inherently be converged (i.e., security domain, non-customer system owner, etc.)

  • Monitor and evaluate technology trends in industry, national labs, and other R&D environments and make adoption recommendations to ensure the customer’s long-term technical direction is flexible enough to use emerging technology and does not become anchored to outmoded solutions

  • Conduct investigations and tests of considerable complexity

  • Communicate clearly and effectively with teammates, customers, and external partners

  • Prepare written and verbal communications on analyses, findings, and project progress

  • Write and update technical documentation such as user manuals, system documentation, training materials, processes and procedures


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or other related technical discipline, or equivalent combination of education, technical certifications, training, and work/military experience


  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph

  • 8 years of related experience

  • Demonstrated experience in ETL, data integration, and migration

  • Demonstrated experience with large data stores such as data lakes, data warehouses, and databases

  • Demonstrated experience in working with Big Data technology and using methods to ingest, process, clean, and analyze big data

  • Demonstrated experience with managing complex data flows, and making enhancements to existing pipelines

  • Demonstrated experience advising hardware engineers on machine characteristics that affect software systems, such as storage capacity, processing speed, and input/output requirements

  • Demonstrated experience providing maintenance, support, and enhancements to existing systems and platforms

  • Demonstrated experience in Kibana and Elasticsearch

  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with cloud-based services such as AWS.


  • Demonstrated hands-on experience migrating on-prem solutions to cloud environments.

  • Experience with different file formats like ORC, Parquet, AVRO, JSON

  • Experience in system management expertise with monitoring, disaster recovery, backup, automated testing, automated schema migration, and continuous deployment

  • Exposure in Infrastructure as Code languages like Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Cloudformation

  • Experience in Agile software methodologies

  • Experience with VMWare ESXi infrastructure 6.x + vCenter server, host clustering with HA, DRS, replication

  • Experience with Cisco Nexus switches and Cisco Firepower Security Appliances a plus

  • Experience with network routing concepts (EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, IP MPLS)


About Our Work

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

COVID-19 Vaccination

GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.