General Dynamics Information Technology Principal Systems Engineer- DevOps and Linux w/Polygraph in Herndon, Virginia

Job Description

Designs and defines system architecture for new or existing computer systems.

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide the Operations Support on the DevOps team within the Group. Support the integration of new systems, applications, and networks. Performs all System Administration functions, as well as DevOps related duties and integration into the development cycle. This role requires someone with proven experience with Cloud architecture, DevOps minded approach, and implementing solutions that support requirements of varying complexity. In addition, the candidate will be working alongside the development staff in planning and managing the coordinated effort of a team of stakeholders, information technology and related technical professionals.This position is located in the Herndon/Chantilly corridor.

Duties and Mandatory Skills: • Understanding of all phases of the software development lifecycle, the system engineering lifecycle, and the ability to comprehend end-user business needs and concerns while integrating the understanding with technical skills• Demonstrated hands-on experience and knowledge of Linux platform (i.e. RHEL, CentOS) including administration, management, and troubleshooting• Hands on experience designing and writing scripts (I.e. powershell, bash, groovy, python) for the automation of installations, deployments, and configuration• Demonstrated hands on experience and knowledge of Windows Platform (i.e. Server 2018, Server 2012, windows 7 / 10) including administration, management, and troubleshooting.• Scripting experience with YAML, JSON (Ansible) for the automation of installations, deployments, and configuration• Ability to work under pressure and time constraints• Demonstrated ability to successfully multi-task simultaneous ongoing assignments and efforts• Demonstrated experience performing the provisioning of development servers, networks, storage, use code versioning software, and performing software builds• Executes code deployment / migration and system configuration across multiple environment to Linux / Windows servers• Ability to plan and account for impacts of system development efforts across architectural system components, critical business processes, data, and applications• Experience with automation / configuration management (Ansible, Puppet, Chef. Jenkins, Maven)• Ability and willingness to learn job related material and tasks

  1. Performs complex systems development and design work that may include logic design, I/O design, firmware development, model formulation, manufacturing and development cost projections, computer architecture analysis and design, and analog or digital systems engineering.

  2. Performs systems modeling, simulation, and analysis.

  3. Reviews completion and implementation of system additions and/or enhancements and makes recommendations to management and/or clients.

  4. Plans and directs upgrades of operating systems and designs systems enhancements.

  5. Develops documentation on new or existing systems.

  6. Develops and directs tests to ensure systems meet documented user requirements.

  7. Identifies, analyzes, and resolves system problems.

  8. Provides system/equipment/specialized training and technical guidance.

  9. Determines system specifications, input/output processes, and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility.

  10. Provides guidance and work leadership to less-experienced systems engineers and may have supervisory responsibilities.

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

  12. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned.

  13. Participates in special projects as required.


Bachelors 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.

Desired skills: • Expert knowledge and experience with Linux/Unix• Strong virtualization skills ( VMware, VMware Horizon, Hyper-V, etc)• Proven track record of building and deploying an automation framework from scratch using Ansible• Working knowledge / Code and scripting (Python, Perl, BASH)• Experience with Splunk and reporting as requested for historical performance, log, and other metric data. Ability to pull the data and transform it to a presentable GUI or data visualization format. Understanding of Syslog• Experience with monitoring tools (i.e., Nagios)Experience with code migration across environmentsKnowledge of Big Data tools including Hadoop ecosystem - SOLR, Blur, etcExperience with SQL, SQLserver, and other databases a plus. AWS certifications desired.

For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology has served as a trusted provider of information technology, systems engineering, training and professional services to customers across federal, state, and local governments, and in the commercial sector. Over 40,000 GDIT professionals deliver enterprise solutions, manage mission-critical IT programs and provide mission support services worldwide. 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 ID2018-44292

Number of Positions1

Job FunctionInformation Technology

Security Clearance LevelTop Secret/SCI with Polygraph

Full/Part TimeFull Time