Architect – Data Platforms

Fort Meade, MD 20755

Posted: 01/17/2023 Employment Type: Contract to Hire Industry: IT Job Number: 239458

Job Description

Architect – Data Platforms

Top Secret clearance required (can hold TS/SCI)

Partially Remote – Fort Meade, MD – 3 days per week onsite required.

Job Description

Seeking an Information Technology (IT) professional for the role of Principal Systems Architect – Data Platforms, in support of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Unified Cyber Situational Awareness (UCSA) program at Fort Meade. The System Architect will contribute to engineering efforts within the Data Platform teams in support of the larger UCSA effort. Primary responsibilities include the design and development of a Kafka based Data Brokering solution, assessing the existing platform and tools to provide a clear phased plan that achieves end-state requirements, and supporting a Data bus in a hybrid-cloud environment.


  • Assist with customer technical and functional requirements for the development of software and analytic products.
  • Assist in documenting specifications and functional requirements for the data platform and its components.
  • Coordinate and consult with other solution architects and service owners, both within the team and externally
  • Assess, identify, and deliver options to meet functional requirements and deliver technical efficiencies.
  • Assess, document, and deliver impact of proposed changes on capacity planning and integration requirements.
  • Participate in the development of system-level designs and documentation, creating and maintaining reference architectures, design documents, and diagrams throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Ensure system compliance and compatibility with DoD standards and architecture.
  • Participate in technical analysis, operation, integration, and user support efforts as needed.
  • Provides Subject Matter Expertise in the evaluation, selection, and implementation of COTS/GOTS software and development tools



  • Bachelor's Degree required. 7-10 years of related work experience. Education may be used in-lieu of experience.
  • U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret level security clearance is required, clearable to SCI
  • A DoD 8570 IAT Level II approved certification is required (e.g., Security+ CE, CISSP).
  • Experience with sensors and sensor grid architecture.
  • Extensive experience with Linux environments.
  • Experience with data modeling, hygiene, and enrichment services and tools.
  • Experience with Kafka (Apache or Confluent) as a key components in a streaming architecture.
  • Experience working with automation and representing data pipelines as code.
  • Working knowledge of Python, Java, and SQL.
  • Knowledge of AGILE and ITIL methodologies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including technical writing ability, is required.
  • Ability to work under pressure and compressed time constraints as a member of a cross-functional team.


Preferred Skills:

  • Good understanding of performance monitoring and hardware limitations of enterprise level servers, load balancers, and firewalls.
  • Experience supporting DevSecOps, Analytics, Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) including security monitoring and incident management.
  • Familiarity with automation tools and technologies.
  • Experience with creating and managing data pipelines from inception through end-of-life.

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