Program Chief Architect

Clearance Level
Top Secret/SCI
Systems Engineering
Stuttgart, Germany
Onsite Workplace
Key Skills For Success

Program and Project Management

Program Management

Technical Knowledge

REQ#: RQ138429
Requisition Type: Regular
Your Impact

Own your opportunity to work with the largest government agency in the nation. Make an impact by advancing the Department of Defense’s mission to keep our country safe and secure.

Job Description

Discover a career that is challenging, impactful, and mission-critical. Join our team as a Program Chief Architect and make an impact on Communication and Information Technology Services. While you help us advance the mission, we’ll help advance your career.

CITS (Communication and Information Technology Services) provides the full spectrum of enterprise communications and information technology services to support the critical missions of United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and the United States European Command (USEUCOM). GDIT’s footprint across the globe in supporting every combatant command provides the EUCOM and AFRICOM J6 leadership the unique opportunity to leverage our worldwide workforce and advanced technology integration experience to accelerate modernization and reduce technical complexity necessary to support the growing and dynamic missions of these two Commands.

The Chief Architect will play a key role in driving the technology strategy forward working in partnership with the Customer Chief Technology Advisor on an enterprise communications, network, and cloud operations and modernization contract. 

The Chief Architect has background in successfully collaborating with a variety of customers and stakeholders, helping to fill the communication gap between technical and non-technical specialists. The candidate will provide leadership to invigorate technical innovation and must be willing to drive smart change to support a collaborative and innovative culture to provide our customer with optimal solutions that meet mission objectives and outcomes. By collaborating with and being a part of the program management team, the candidate will provide strategic recommendations and ensure that the solution fits the defined purpose. The candidate will demonstrate both managerial and technical capabilities and experience. 



  • Analyze and recommend improvements to existing infrastructure and service offerings, including guidance and support in modernizing and securing networks and refactoring applications and migrating remaining data center applications to cloud 

  • Work in partnership with customers to understand and participate in the development of new mission support IT strategies assessing current and future skills and technologies to support emerging mission needs 

  • Making recommendations to customers in the shaping of the future of enterprise architecture and roadmaps for the commands 

  • Assesses DoD frameworks and help to ensure implemented use cases adhere to that framework. 

  • Develop architecture and solutions focusing on scalability and extensibility. 

  • Interface with government engineers/architects regarding architecture standards/guidelines/policies based on needs and anticipated technology advances. 

  • Shape end-to-end architecture and design and work with the organization to implement solutions 

  • Define templates and set best standards and practices that operational teams can utilize 

  • Coordinate with platform vendors for issues and support requests. 

  • Formulate the top-level architecture of the enterprise solution, including the hardware and software, topology and interconnects, so that the networks and services works as an integrated, cost-effective unit to satisfy each command requirements. 

  • Constructs system hardware and software design criteria and identifies commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) or reused hardware/software that will fit the intended need 

  • Perform tradeoffs between the candidate systems on performance, cost, schedule, risk, reliability, etc., using a structured decision analysis methodology to select the best candidate solution for further definition 

  • Plan and execute analyses and simulations to estimate system performance, availability, reliability, etc., over the full range of operational scenarios, compares these to the requirements, and identify possible risk areas and performance trade-offs 

  • Review current technology to evaluate capabilities and features 

  • Develop a technology roadmap and a demonstration plan for higher technical risk components or subsystems (i.e., non-COTS components or components that require development that are near state-of-the-art levels) 

  • Supports definition of technical performance measures (TPMs) and develops a plan for TPM goals versus requirements, and ways of calculating or measuring TPM values 

  • Supports planning for verification of all requirements and interfaces through planning activities for analysis, simulation, or test 

  • Participates in formal and informal reviews 

  • Participates in internal program reviews 

  • Identify the need for appropriate technical analyses, simulation, design, and verification/test tools and techniques 
    Reviews verification and test procedures 

  • Acts as the technical gatekeeper of the program, so that cost and schedule pressures do not jeopardize solution quality and performance 


  • Self-motivated and focused on delivering outcomes; ability to work independently and collaborate with remote teams 

  • Strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening); ability to articulate solutions and rationale for design decisions. 

  • Strong technical writing experience and experience presenting solutions to both business and technical stakeholders, to include leading technical section approaches 

  • Navigate between different levels of technical detail across a breadth of technologies and capabilities to best understand what we currently have and appreciate the implications of recommendations of what is to be done 

  • Experience in effectively managing cross-functional teams and/or servant leadership, managing conflict, and cultivating strong relationships. 

  • Exhibits excellent listening skills and employs effective staffing retention and engagement strategies. Demonstrated ability to promote teamwork, compassion for people, and cultural and thought diversity. 

  • Experience in designing and deploying enterprise systems architectures   

  • Experience with DevSecOps in a hybrid multi-cloud environment (Google, AWS, Azure) including maturing existing CI/CD pipeline  

  • Experienced with securing at least one of the following cloud service provider types: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) 

  • Experience with Security Authorization & Accreditation (A&A) and obtaining Authorization To Operate (ATO) for new systems 

  • Experience with Enterprise Agile/SAFE disciplines. 

  • Experience with UIPath 

  • Experience with Cloud Service Providers (Azure, AWS, Google) 

  • Experience with databases, specifically Oracle 

  • Experience with API Gateways such as MuleSoft, Azure Gateway Service 

  • Knowledge of Container platforms such as Docker and Kubernetes 


  • Master degree with 15 – 20 years of prior relevant experience or Doctorate with 13 – 16 years of prior relevant experience. 

  • US Citizenship and a current active DoD TOP SECRET Clearance; with SCI ELIGIBILITY 

  • Project Management Professional or equivalent Certification 
  • ITIL 4 Foundation Certification 

  • Knowledge or Certification in DODAF or TOGAF Frameworks 

  • Possess certifications as required in DoD 8570 IAT-III or IAM-III 

  • SAFe Architect (ARCH) certification willingness to obtain SAFe 5.1 Architect (ARCH)

  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany Ability to live in Stuttgart Germany for a min of 1 year. 


● 401K with company match

● Comprehensive health and wellness packages

● Internal mobility team dedicated to helping you own your career

● Professional growth opportunities including paid education and certifications

● Cutting-edge technology you can learn from

● Rest and recharge with paid vacation and holidays



Work Requirements
Years of Experience

15 + years of related experience

* may vary based on technical training, certification(s), or degree


ITIL 4 Foundations - ITIL

Project Management Professional (PMP) - Project Management Institute (PMI)

Travel Required

Less than 10%

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 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.