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Solutions Architect (Mid-Career/Experienced)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking an IT Professional to serve as the architect for information systems solutions that require a breadth of knowledge about, and experience with, multiple information systems domains such as information assurance, hardware, software, database, networking, systems security, and telecommunication\. Possesses extensive, authoritative knowledge and deep experience in multiple specialized domains of information systems\. Meets with customers – internal or external to Sandia – to determine information systems requirements and uses professional concepts to incorporate these requirements into solutions that may be commercial\-off\-the\-shelf, open source, or internally developed domain options\. May be responsible for project management in the realization of the information system solution\. Frequently contributes to the development of new methods and is considered an internal expert in the information systems engineering field\. May be responsible for prototyping or overseeing the prototyping of solutions\. May oversee project documentation, marketing, training, budget, schedules, and resource utilization on projects\. Develops solutions to complex problems that require the frequent use of creativity and where analysis of situations or data requires an in\-depth evaluation of variable factors\. Additionally there will be a need to travel infrequently as required for training or in support of network activities at remote locations\. Selected candidate must have an active DOE/DOD Security clearance, with the ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test\.


+ Applies mathematics, computer science, and engineering practices and skills to information system problems\.
+ Researches, assembles, and evaluates information or data regarding industry practices or regulatory changes affecting policies or programs of various information system domains\.
+ Interfaces with the customer – internal or external to Sandia – to elicit and define information system requirements\.
+ Researches, prototypes, architects, and designs solutions for effective operation of mission enabling or direct mission information systems\.
+ Accountable to internal or external customers for overall technical performance of information systems\.
+ Responsible for resolving issues that require architectural changes\.
+ Develops strategic solutions that reduce future life\-cycle costs and position Sandia synergistically for future mission work\. \(Note: an example of this might be cloud computing solutions that also serve as a starting point for mission solutions\)
+ Identify risks and risk\-reduction strategies as part of balancing performance, cost, and schedule for various technical options\.
+ Report on progress and advances to peers, management, and stakeholders\.
+ Participates in cross\-system collaboration to define interfaces between systems\.
+ Evaluates, tests, and analyzes implementation, functionality, performance, and tools of information system solutions, ensuring that requirements and acceptance criteria are met\.
+ Integrates strategic and creative thinking with experience into the formulation of information system solutions and capabilities\.
+ Advances solution space by resolving complex, difficult, or unique information system issues using creative, effective, and possibly leading edge solutions\.
+ May evaluate and select commercial\-off\-the\-shelf or open source information systems domain options\.
+ Must have a current active US DoD/DOE security clearance; with the ability to obtain and maintain a SCI, which may require a polygraph test\.


+ Bachelor’s degree in a computing field and more than 8 years of relevant experience;
+ Experience with deploying and administering networking equipment and routers in a high security production environment;
+ A deep understanding of enterprise and network services like DNS, NTP, DHCP, firewalls, switches, routers and distributed mesh architecture;
+ Experience in scripting languages, familiarity with various switch operating systems including Cisco, Brocade and Arista;
+ Experience configuring and troubleshooting networking equipment;
+ Active US DOE/DOD security clearance, with the ability to obtain and maintain an active SCI security clearance, which may require a polygraph test\.


+ Master’s degree in a computing field and more than 5 years of relevant experience;
+ A demonstrated ability to learn new IT system technologies;
+ CCNA \- Routing and Switching certification;
+ Cisco Works experience\.
+ CUCM experience\.
+ The ability to thrive in a teaming environment;
+ A strong customer service ethic;
+ Excellent communication skills;
+ An understanding of Systems Engineering disciplines particularly Requirements Management and Configuration Management;
+ The ability to research and propose networking solutions to meet unique needs;
+ Active US DOE/DOD security clearance, with an active SCI security clearance\.

Department Description:

The Field Intelligence Element \(FIE\) performs high\-impact, national security work for a broad segment of the Intelligence Community \(IC\)\. As part of the FIE Operations team, the Information Technology Services department enables the reliable and timely delivery of secure IT products and services to satisfy the unique requirements of the IC\. Our IT products and services include servers, virtual environments, desktops, networking, storage and applications\.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting\-edge work in a broad array of areas\. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co\-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance\*

_World\-changing technologies\. Life\-changing careers\._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www\.sandia\.gov

\*These benefits vary by job classification\.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance to start\.

Position requires an active Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e\.g\., DOD, to be considered for this position\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance\. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.