Senior Cloud Solutions Architect (Virtual/Remote)

Rockville , MD
Sep 05, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
IT, IT Architect
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.

*This position is remote eligible.

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.
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.
  • Building 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 
Basic Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's Degree and 10+ years experience
  • 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.
  • Min 8 years of application development experience using Java and other related technologies
  • Min 3 years of solid experience in AWS CloudFormation, AWS EC2, VPC, S3 and similar technologies
  • Min 2 years of strong operations experience in AWS environment
  • Proven experience designing and implementing ETL processes
Preferred Qualifications:
  • DevOps experience strongly preferred
  • AWS certifications are a plus
  • 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 competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.

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.