General Dynamics Information Technology Principal Systems Engineer in Falls Church, Virginia

Job Description

Customer and Mission: Pentagon Force Protection Agency - The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is a civilian Law Enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Defense charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of The Pentagon, the Mark Center Building, the Defense Health Headquarters, and other assigned Pentagon facilities.

This is a great opportunity to affect change by being an integral part of a team of Network, System, Process, and Cyber Admins and Engineers. This team is responsible for re-architecting and constructing the operational environment undergirding of the current and future IT platform of one of the most significant defense office buildings in the world. You will be providing front seat support with direct impact on the safety and protection of tens of thousands of military, government and civilian personnel.

Principal Systems Engineer with combination of Enterprise Windows, Active Directory and VMware experience

Supports design and definition and implementation of system architecture for new or existing computer systems. The candidate will apply proven communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate, and resolve issues in order to maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

  • Conduct project based work to design, document and implement infrastructure solutions to solve business problems.

  • Use enterprise-class infrastructure/system engineering experience with Microsoft platforms running on servers utilizing direct-attached and SAN attached storage to design and implement system infrastructure upgrades.

  • Advanced experience designing, implementing and managing high availability/ clustering and disaster recovery environments

  • Work in partnership with Business/Apps partner and other Engineering teams to translate requirements into deliverables

  • Perform cost-benefit and return on investment analyses for proposed systems to aid management in making implementation decisions.

  • Must participate and provide technical leadership, managing individual project-based assignments

  • Establishes plans and templates guiding overall technical architecture format and direction for program infrastructure platform.

  • Develops briefings and white papers presenting strategic technical recommendations, impacts, assessments and guidance for business operations.

  • Completes technical documentation to design, test, implement, train and transition solutions to operational support.

  • Interacts with customers and appropriate representatives to analyze, validate, specify, verify, document and manage the requirements.

  • Plans, manages time according to schedules, and provides timely status updates

  • Quickly learns new tools and resolve issues using all available resources.

  • Publishes technical standards including white papers.

  • Prepares and manages new systems; following program guidelines for documentation for transition to operations.

  • Serves as liaison with clients, participating in meetings to ensure client needs are met.

  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned.

  • Participates in special projects as required.

  • Serve as Tier III system support for operational systems as required


Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical training, or work/military experience.


8-10 years of related systems engineering experience.

Must meet DoD 8570 IAT II compliance included Security Plus with CE enrolled certification plus

Require MCSE or equivalent

Strongly desire MS clustering, high availability, backup and disaster recovery design and implementation experience.

Desired characteristics are a proactive thinker, technical leader and self-starter, must be able to innovate and think out of the box while collaborating and providing technical oversight to a team of engineers.

Advanced experience designing, implementing and managing enterprise solutions using Microsoft, HP and VMWare 5.x and 6.x technologies. Includes Active Directory, Microsoft Group Policy, HP blade hardware and virtual platform, Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2, Windows 10, SQL Server 2012 and 2014, and Veeam Backup & Replication

Foundational knowledge around Linux systems preferably with RedHat Linux

Foundational knowledge around Oracle

Hands on experience with tiered storage, replication, DR, and snap shot technologies.

Working knowledge of integrated converged stack infrastructure & hyper convergence stacks

Working knowledge of networking protocols and components including TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, IP Networking, VPN's, switching, and routing

Must have troubleshooting and deep dive skills around VMware

Scripting experience preferred (Batch, WMI, VBScript, PowerShell)

Intermediate VMware experience. VCP 5 or higher certification a plus

Experience with off-premises and on-premises cloud services is a plus

Must have strong written and oral communication skills.

Familiarity with change management and process management

HPE 3PAR and MSA storage experience a plus

Microsoft IIS and Microsoft SharePoint experience is a plus

ITIL Knowledge helpful

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.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.

Job ID2018-45493

Number of Positions1

Job FunctionInformation Technology

Security Clearance LevelSecret

Full/Part TimeFull Time