Sr. Principal Systems Eng. - Enterprise Architect - 28085 in Arlington, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 11/11/2019

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Job Description

Summary:  The Information Technology Enterprise Architect (Architect) will assist an agency portfolio management (PfM) team in implementing an IT governance and investment management structure that enables transparent decision-making. The architect will assist in establishing an Agency-wide Enterprise Architecture (EA) program and developing views that present a coherent model of the enterprise.   

The architect will assist in aligning business capabilities with IT strategy. Through the development of technical architecture, viewpoints / models, and artifacts, s/he will enable analysis and decision-making for in-use system assets.  The architect will enable sound portfolio analysis through the visual demonstration of interrelationships.  Will also have a strong familiarity with cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as hybrid and private cloud concepts.

Main Responsibilities:

  • As part of an integrated team, the Architect will play a key role in establishing:
    • A transition plan to the future state of the agency 
    • A roadmap of EA implementation activities
    • Metrics to monitor the progress and effectiveness of EA
    • EA Governance
    • Cloud EA as the agency tool
  • The Architect will play a key role in developing artifacts:
    • Project views that display dependencies among potential system capabilities
    • Capability viewpoints that describe deployed capabilities
    • System views articulating the systems, interconnectivity, and context 
  • Support Establishment of EA – work within an EA team to accomplish the following:
    • Establish an EA Framework that integrates business with IT. 
    • Write policy and IM&T directives which will provide DSCA commitment and direction as to how EA will be used within DSCA.
    • Establish relationship between EA and portfolio and project management and help embed EA intelligence into IT decision-making.
    • Establish relationship between EA and the system development lifecycle (SDLC).
    • Establish the vision through high level policy documents and charter the direction of EA within DSCA. 
    • Establish EA value proposition for promoting standardization and interoperability.
    • Develop EA stakeholder matrix with roles and responsibilities
    • Establish the linkages of the reference models - PRM, BRM, SCRM, DRM, ARM, IRM, SRMs.  Enable the agency to categorize investments in a federally standardized way.
  • Develop viewpoints, models and artifacts
    • Create an as-is and to-be depiction of the enterprise for effective overall portfolio selection.
    • Develop All Viewpoints, Capability Viewpoints, Data Viewpoints, Project Viewpoints, Services Viewpoints, and Systems Viewpoints. They will serve as input into SDLC phases and CPIC pre-select, select, control and evaluate phases. 
    • Create technical architecture illustrating interfaces, protocols, networks, legacy system interrelationships, data relationships and dictionaries.
    • Enable governance decision-making and advisement on whether a project is using technology that fits within the solution level Enterprise Architecture. 
    • Review proposed initiatives for organizational fit; review design for system boundaries and interfaces; review data relationships; review developed products for demonstrated interoperability; assess adherence to EA; determine EA configurable items. 
  • Cloud
    • Determine implementation rollout for EA tool set (EA Cloud)
    • Work across the architecture and technology organization to ensure effective implementation, compliance and agreement.
    • Define the architectural processes, standards and guidelines for data and systems architecture.
    • Contribute to the overall quality of the cloud migration solution delivery.
    • Utilize a strong understanding of cloud native development and infrastructure.
    • Promote the use of AWS/Cloud standardization, shared infrastructure and shared services to reduce costs and improve information flows and architectural decisions.

      Education and Experience:

  • Basic Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering/MIS, Math, or related field, or equivalent experience
    • 7-10 years of experience IT consulting experience as a technical specialist in enterprise customer-facing roles or within a leading consulting company or systems integrator.
    • 7 years + excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
    • A minimum of 5 years in defining current and target state architectures, transition architectures and roadmaps
    • High level of technical acumen, including the ability to understand the customer or partner IT landscape, identify opportunities and overcome any technical obstacles
    • Understanding of Enterprise Architecture frameworks and methodology including TOGAF, Zachman, or others
    • Understanding IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
    • Strong understanding of AWS Web Services
    • In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 10 years applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge in a particular domain, vertical, and/or platform, such as DevOps, Agile, Scrum, etc.
    • Excellent customer service skills 
  • Preferred skills and Certifications:
    • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, AWS Certified Developer, or other AWS Certification
    • Understanding of how portfolio management, EA, Budget Formulation, IT Project Lifecycle Management and IT Governance integrate.
    • Experience with EA tools and MS Visio
    • Experience with process improvement, strategic planning, change management, and organizational redesign.
    • Experience working for or working with consulting companies
    • Prior experience in state or federal government.
  • Other requirements:
    • Knowledge of DoD organization, business processes, and IT compliance guidelines (NIST 800-53, FedRAMP, DODAF, and other pertinent policy)
    • Utilizes knowledge of process improvement, strategic planning, change management, and organizational redesign in determining solutions.
    • US Citizenship and a Secret security clearance is required.
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