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Job #: R-00096518
Location: Remote, US
Category: Solution Architect
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2000
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Come join one of our high performing teams responsible for building the next-generation enterprise APIs and modern applications using data streaming and event driven architecture to modernize the speed at which business is done. We serve the Social Security Administration (SSA) and their mission to meet the changing needs of the public, positively impacting at least 65 million American lives per month.  Be part of the mission solution and help lead SSA’s Digital Modernization Strategy. We are a team of forward-looking professionals in need of a strong candidate with these key required skills: Kafka Architecture, Data Streaming, Data Serialization (Avro/JSON), AWS, Software development (Java EE with SpringBoot, Golang, Python, or C# with .Net Core) 

Do you have most of these key required skills, education, or experience? Do you want to learn more about our current on-going telework posture? Are you an US citizen, US resident, or Visa candidate and think you might fit? We recommend you apply and start the conversation today! Join us in supporting our SSA contracts in Woodlawn, Maryland.

Team Culture:

  • Your passion and values might be a good fit for our teams if you answer “yes” to the following questions:
  • Are you looking for a company that puts employees first, with a focus on career, flexibility, and well-being?
  • Do you enjoy collaborating with colleagues and teammates and believe that the best ideas are fostered in an inclusive environment?
  • Are you searching for a team with a strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive for daily mission success?
  • Are you comfortable with proactive outward communication and technical leadership?
  • Do you enjoy being a catalyst, solving complex problems, and providing innovative solutions?
  • Do you have the flexibility, creativity, and resilience to pivot the mission for success?
  • Do you have the courage to make tough ethical decisions with pride, transparency, and respect?

Mentorship & Career Growth:

Our teams are dedicated to supporting new team members in an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Experienced engineers will be assigned to new hires for one-on-one mentoring, collaborative code reviews, and coaching on customer engagement to help each new hire successfully onboard and demonstrate their skills. Projects and tasks are assigned in a way that leverages your strengths and will help you further develop your skillset.

Foundation for Success (Basic Qualifications):

This experience is the foundation a candidate needs to be successful in this position:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or a related field
  • Masters or Doctorate degree may substitute for required experience
  • 12 to 15 years of experience with modern software development including systems/application analysis and design
  • 7+ years of combined experience with Kafka (Confluent Kafka, Apache Kafka, Amazon MSK)
  • 2+ years of combined experience with designing, architecting, and deploying to AWS cloud platform

Factors to Help You Shine (Required Skills):

These skills will help you succeed in this position:

  • Expert experience with Confluent Kafka with hands-on production experience, capacity planning, installation, administration / platform management, and a deep understanding of the Kafka architecture and internals
  • Expert Experience in Kafka cluster, security, disaster recovery, data pipeline, data replication and performance optimization
  • Kafka installation & partitioning on OpenShift or Kubernetes, topic management, HA & SLA architecture
  • Strong knowledge and application of microservice design principles and best practices: distributed systems, bounded contexts, service-to-service integration patterns, resiliency, security, networking, and load balancing in large mission critical infrastructure.
  • Expert experience with Kafka Connect, KStreams, and KSQL, with the ability to know how to use effectively for different use cases
  • Hands-on experience with scaling Kafka infrastructure including Broker, Connect, ZooKeeper, Schema Registry, and Control Center
  • Hands-on experience in designing, writing, and operationalizing new Kafka Connectors.
  • Solid experience with data serialization using Avro and JSON and data compression techniques
  • Experience with AWS services such as ECS, EKS, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, and S3
  • Basic knowledge of relational databases (PostgreSQL, DB2, or Oracle), SQL, and ORM technologies (JPA2, Hibernate, or Spring JPA)

How to Stand Out from the Crowd (Desired Skills)

Showcase your knowledge of modern development using data streaming and event-based architecture through the following experience or skills:

  • AWS cloud certifications
  • Delivery (CI/CD) best practices and use of DevOps to accelerate quality releases to Production
  • PaaS using Red Hat OpenShift/Kubernetes and Docker containers
  • Experience with configuration management tools (Ansible, CloudFormation / Terraform)
  • Solid experience with Spring Framework (Boot, Batch, Cloud, Security, and Data)
  • Solid knowledge with Java EE, Java generics, and concurrent programming
  • Solid experience with automated unit testing, TDD, BDD, and associated technologies (Junit, Mockito, Cucumber, Selenium, and Karma/Jasmine)

Day to Day Responsibilities:

At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams and contribute to our communities. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business. If this sounds like a mission you want to be a part of, keep reading!

Every position we take is more rewarding when you know the why behind it. Know your work makes a difference to support those who need it most. If your passion is enabling life changing service to those around, you this is the place for you. Find you passion in a team environment where all members are valued regardless of contractor or employee status.  We are excited for you to take your place in our Leidos Family.

Find your “Why” with us!

  • Architect, design, code, and implement next-generation data streaming and event-based architecture / platform on Confluent Kafka
  • Define strategy for streaming data to data warehouse, and integrating event-based architect with microservice based applications
  • Establish Kafka best practices and standards for implementing the Kafka platform based on identified use cases and required integration patterns
  • Mentor existing team members by imparting expert knowledge to build a high-performing team in our event-driven architecture. Assist developers in choosing correct patterns, event modelling and ensuring data integrity
  • Provide software expertise in one or more of these areas: application integration, enterprise services, service-oriented architectures (SOA), security, business process management/business rules processing, data ingestion/data modeling
  • Triage, investigate, advise in a hands-on capacity to resolve platform issues regardless of component.
  • Brief management, customer, team, or vendors using written or oral skills at appropriate technical level for audience. Share up-to-date insights on the latest Kafka-based solutions, formulate creative approaches to address business challenges, present and host workshops with senior leaders and translate technical jargons into layman’s language and vice-versa
  • All other duties as assigned or directed

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or a related field with 12 to 15 years of experience
  • Masters or Doctorate degree may substitute for required experience
  • Must be able to obtain a Public Trust 

Leidos’ Health Group is recognized as a Top 10 Health IT provider. We draw on decades of success to deliver a range of solutions and services designed to meet the healthcare challenges of today. From the research bench to the patient bedside, we are a company of scientists, engineers, and technologists delivering a broad range of impactful, customizable, and scalable solutions to hospitals and health systems, biomedical organizations, and every U.S. federal agency focused on health. Leidos works with customers across the continuum of care to improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes with innovative solutions that advance the next generation of care. Our mission is to contribute to creating a healthier world. Begin your journey of a flourishing and meaningful career, share your resume with us today!


Pay Range:

Pay Range $113,100.00 - $174,000.00 - $234,900.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

Pay and Benefits

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

Securing Your Data

Beware of fake employment opportunities using Leidos’ name. Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information during any part of the employment application process (i.e., ask you for money), nor will Leidos ever advance money as part of the hiring process (i.e., send you a check or money order before doing any work). Further, Leidos will only communicate with you through emails that are generated by the automated system – never from free commercial services (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) or via WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. If you received an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information (e.g., about you or your previous employer), and you are concerned about its legitimacy, please make us aware immediately by emailing us at [email protected].

If you believe you are the victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement and report the incident to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Commitment to Diversity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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