Senior Cloud Solutions Architect - Virtual Work Arrangement

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
Jul 07, 2022
Closes
Aug 04, 2022
Function
IT, IT Architect
Industry
Research
Hours
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat is seeking a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect to engage in the design, implementation, and support of Cloud and Hybrid platforms and applications developed to address our research projects across domains.  You will continuously improve software engineering practices, ensuring the craftsmanship, availability, resilience, and scalability of your solutions. You will encourage innovation, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, inclusion, and teamwork. We are always looking to integrate new technologies where these can improve throughput, quality, or scalability. We are looking for someone with proven experience in authoring solution architecture, high level and low level design and architecture documents who thrives in an environment of constant learning.  

This role is eligible for a virtual or hybrid work arrangement.

Job Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the development of technical solution for application systems and components implemented to cloud and hybrid cloud environments 
  • Lead the development of technical requirements, design, architecture, and development within a CI/CD environment supported by agile methodologies and automated test and deployment.   
  • Work with research staff and project directors to determine needs and suggest innovative approaches. 
  • Build scalable, secure, maintainable solutions on AWS or other cloud providers, as well as internal platforms. 
  • Work collegially with a technical community of software and data engineers supporting multiple projects.   
  • Take an active role in continuous improvement of software development tools, methodologies, and policies. 
  • Contribute to technical planning and assessment of technical feasibility of solutions 
  • Develop using Agile, DevOps, AWS, Microservices, NodeJS, Java, Spring, Python, and Spark. 

Basic Qualifications: 
  • A Bachelor's Degree and 10+ years experience including: 
  • At least 6 years of professional software engineering practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations. 
  • This includes a minimum of 6 years of application development experience using Java and other related technologies and a minimum 4 years of solid experience in AWS CloudFormation, AWS EC2, VPC, S3 and similar technologies with strong operations experience in the AWS environment 
  • Proven experience designing and implementing ETL processes 

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • DevOps experience strongly preferred 
  • AWS certifications are a plus 
  • Hands-on experience designing and implementing container (Docker) solutions on Kubernetes or Amazon ECS 
  • Experience with Spring Boot or Spring, creating user interfaces using Angular2 or React Java APIs of 'big data' technologies such as Elasticsearch, Redis, and components of the Hadoop eco-system. 
  • Strong project experience working on large, cross-functional projects with evolving requirements. 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit combined with strong architectural and problem solving skills. 

Candidates should have sound understanding of security required by the Federal government (e.g. FISMA, Privacy Act). The ability to influence internal and external stakeholders is essential. The ideal candidate will have experience working on complex, multi-tiered applications assembled from micro-services.  Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills; strong collaboration and organizational skills; detail-oriented and work well in a team environment. 

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

 

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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