Principal Systems Architect

Job ID
# of Openings
Information Technology
Work Authorization
US Citizens, preferred


VariQ has an exciting opportunity for a highly qualified Principal Systems Architect to support the Defense Information Systems Agency Information Technology Enterprise Support Services (DESS II) BPA effort in Fort Meade, MD.


Additional Information:

  • Salary: Dependent upon experience
  • Security Clearance: Top Secret clearance
  • Available: within 30 days



  • Establishes system information requirements using analysis of the information engineer(s) in the development of enterprise-wide or large-scale information systems. 
  • Determines and identifies high level functional and technical requirements based on interactions with the user community and knowledge of the enterprise architecture. 
  • Designs architecture to include the software, hardware and communications to support the total requirements as well as provide for present and future cross-functional requirements and interfaces. 
  • Identifies, assesses, and presents options for meeting the functional and technical requirements including hardware and software updates or upgrades. 
  • Responsible for developing high level system design diagrams. 
  • Ensures these systems are compatible and in compliance with the standards for open systems architectures, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and International Standards Organization (ISO) reference models, and profiles of standards - such as Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Open Systems Environment (OSE) reference model - as they apply to the implementation and specification of Information Management (IM) solution of the application platform, across the application program interface (API), and the external environment/software application. 
  • Ensures that the common operating environment is compliant.  Evaluates analytically and systematically problems of work flows, organization and planning and develops appropriate corrective action. 
  • Provides daily supervision and direction to staff. 


Education/Experience: MA/MS in a technical discipline with at least 15 years of experience.

Location: Washington DC

Salary: Dependent upon experience

Security Clearance: must have the ability to attain a public trust 




VariQ is an equal opportunity employer.


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