Solutions Architect, Wide Area Network - TS with Full Scope Poly (FSP) Clearance

Information Technology Fairfax , Virginia


Position at Windward Consulting

Windward Consulting is at the forefront of Service-Centric IT. With strategic consulting, unparalleled technical expertise and our proven Windward Service-Centric IT RoadMap, we help our clients align the core competencies of process, organization, information and technology to run the most sensitive and mission-critical IT environments in the world.

Our consultants solve our clients' most challenging problems, uncovering answers to questions they didn't even know. Only apply if you have a thirst to learn new technologies and thrive in a fast paced environment. We Work with the US Government as well as Fortune 500 clients, and our employees are not only passionate and driven, but strive to ensure customer quality is delivered consistently and effectively.

If you are looking for an opportunity to be involved with a team of individuals who are working within one of our cutting edge clients solving complex technical challenges then we are looking for you. We are looking for people who are passionate about technology and have a "roll up their sleeves mentality." Here at Windward we offer numerous opportunities to expand your experience in various areas depending upon your aptitude and interests. Our employees are not only passionate and driven, but strive to ensure customer quality is delivered consistently and effectively.

As a result of our continued success, we are looking for a motivated Enterprise Architect with Network Engineering experience to support our end customer which manages a system of integrated telecommunications networks in an effort to provide secure, reliable, and robust communications capabilities to United States Government Departments and agencies operating from Diplomatic and Consular facilities outside of the United States. Some of the services they offer their end customers include terrestrial, satellite and internet services, international direct-dialing, and Voice over IP (VOIP).

The Network Solutions Architect will be responsible for supporting the Terrestrial Networks Domain Architects and Tech Directors in long-range planning and projects in addition to short-range tactical efforts. They will develop and revise plans and layouts for network communications solutions to be delivered to customers on our global data communications network. The Architect will present plans to the team’s Domain Architects and the Tech Director for review and feedback, and ready them for presentation at delivery project control gates. Considerations and requirements for network security will be developed in collaboration with the organization’s Information Assurance and Cyber Security staff.

This position requires demonstrated excellent customer relations and network engineering skills. The preferred candidate will have very strong oral and written communication skills. He/She must be confident and comfortable working in an environment with undefined processes, changing requirements and be able to quickly adapt and help bring structure and results to support the customer mission. The ideal candidate would have qualified experience with designing wide area networks and knowledge of new technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Job duties:

  • Develop expectations and requirements for hardware and software to support the needs of the various solutions network designs.
  • Responsible for designing solution architectures for transition to project teams for execution within the framework of the designed models.
  • Develop models to predict future network needs including:
    • reviews of current data traffic
    • estimating growth
    • considering the needs of traffic routing and shaping
    • build outs of new technologies including Software Defined Networks and SD-WAN. 
  • Produce detailed documentation and graphics to articulate the details of solutions, roadmaps, and strategies. 
  • Clearly communicate complex technical issues to various audiences, facilitate discussions, and gain consensus. 
  • Help transform both the enterprise environment and the organization behind it.

Position Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of IT and networks experience, both in the field and in an Engineering and Design organization
  • Expert knowledge of Global Wide Area Networks
  • 4+ years’ experience as a Systems or Enterprise Architect
  • Excellent communication skills in technical, business, and client interactions
  • Proven ability in working with a multi-discipline team comprised of one or more of the following disciplines: Systems, Software, or Network Engineering
  • Proven ability as a process advocate and SME, including excellent skills in Configuration Management
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and convey recommended solutions to clients to resolve issues
  • Experience working in a dynamic and collaborative environment
  • Experienced developing architectural and design artifacts, especially architectural modeling
  • Experience developing tier 1 and detailed requirements

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with industry standard and U.S. Gov. Specific enterprise architecture frameworks, roadmap visualization tools, modeling languages, and standards.
  • Experience with DoDAF, FEAF, TOGAF, etc.
  • Experience with ArchiMate, Sparx, etc
  • Experience with ITIL, eTOM, ITSM, etc.
  • Experience with Software Defined Networks and/or SD-WAN
  • Experience working in JIRA 
  • Experience working in an Agile engineering environment 
  • Experience with communications systems or in a commercial / industry communications organization 
  • Experience with medium Telco company best practices for network services 
  • Experience with networking protocols such as RSVP and OSPF to perform Traffic Engineering

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in IT related subject and 8 years experience; a Doctorate with 4 years; or a Masters with 6 years; is acceptable.

Security Clearance:

  • ActiveTS/SCI with Full Scope Poly

Work Location:

  • Fairfax, VA

Windward Consulting strives to attract and retain the best individuals and provide an environment where they can all grow professionally and build a rewarding career. We continually strive to create an environment that balances work life and offers benefits that will enhance the compensation package. We offer Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance and AD&D, as well as the option to purchase additional Life Insurance and AD&D, Paid Time Off, Personal Leave, Holidays, 401(k) plan with company match and work/life balance.

Windward Consulting is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital or veteran status.

WINDWARD CONSULTING GROUP, INC. (WINDWARD) PROVIDES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY WITHOUT REGARD TO AN APPLICANT’S COLOR, RACE, SEX, PREGNANCY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, RELIGION, MARITAL STATUS, GENETIC INFORMATION, VETERAN STATUS, OR ANY OTHER CHARACTERISTICS PROTECTED BY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW. WE WILL CONSIDER THIS APPLICATION ACTIVE FOR 90 DAYS AFTER OUR RECEIPT. THEREAFTER, YOU MUST REAPPLY IF FURTHER INTERESTED IN EMPLOYMENT. I CERTIFY THAT ALL ANSWERS GIVEN BY ME ARE TRUE, ACCURATE AND COMPLETE, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE FALSIFICATION, MISREPRESENTATION OR OMISSION OF ANY FACT ON THIS APPLICATION (OR ANY OTHER ACCOMPANYING OR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS) OR PROVIDED ORALLY, WILL BE CAUSE FOR DENIAL OF EMPLOYMENT OR IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT, REGARDLESS OF WHEN OR HOW DISCOVERED. The application will be given every consideration, but its receipt does not imply that the applicant will be employed. In exchange for the Company’s considering my application for employment, I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application and any supporting documents. I authorize Windward to secure information about my experience from former employers, educational institutions, government agencies, or any references I have provided, and for those parties to provide information concerning my experience, and I hereby release all parties from any liability arising from such investigation. In exchange for the Company’s considering my application for employment, I hereby authorize my former employer to release to Windward any personnel information and records, favorable or otherwise, which my employer has kept regarding my employment, including my work performance. I understand that Windward may retain photocopies of my records for its files, whether I am offered employment or not. I hereby release all parties, including my former employer and Windward from any liability arising from the release, review and retention of any records pertaining to me.