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Job #: R-00098724
Location: Bethesda, MD
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Clearance: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Intelligence

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Job Description:

Lead Software Engineer (XML)

Our highly visible program supports stakeholders in National Intelligence on a great team of highly-regarded professionals. This position is 50% coding, and 50% reviewing standards and creating policy for the National Intelligence Community. You will have freedom to solve problems and create solutions within a great team of professionals.

Location: you pick! You can work at any Leidos Maryland or Northern Virginia location!

You will support a large customer organization. Candidates must currently possess a TS/SCI Polygraph security clearance.


  • This position is 50% coding, and 50% reviewing standards and creating policy for the National Intelligence Community.

  • Manage an end-to-end process for the publication of data exchange standards, including technical specifications, from creation to approval.

  • Prioritize standards and technical specifications for inclusion within an enterprise baseline and help resolve issues between agencies that may have competing requirements.

  • Provide outreach for and education in technical specifications, including a 10 minute executive brief, and work with developers to help them implement technical specifications.

  • Assist with providing service architecture, standards, and specifications to enable the enterprise to architect and implement interoperable and reusable services across the enterprise.

  • Evaluate and ensure that programs are adhering to technical specifications. Assist with strategy, architecture, policy recommendations, development, and configuration management of XML data encoding specification used for security, content discovery, retrieval, and audits.

  • Speak to internal and external customers on behalf of the organization and work on long-range programs and objectives.

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidates must currently possess a TS/SCI security clearance with a CI polygraph.

  •  Requires BS degree and 12 – 15 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 10 – 13 years of prior relevant experience.

  • Experience as a subject matter expert in one or more of the following areas: systems architecture, engineering, and integration with focus on intelligence production and dissemination, markup-based (e.g., XML) systems, data processing pipelines, content management, workflow processes, enterprise services, data interoperability standards, and data standards policy and compliance in support of DoD and IC organizations.

  • Experience within the IC helping to set strategic direction, develop budget and program plans, craft  technical responses to actions assigned by the CIO’s office.

  • Experience with XML technologies to include:

    • Schema development (XSD, RelaxNG)

    • Schematron development

    • XPath

    • Developing Extensible Stylesheet Transforms (XSLTs)

  • Experience with developing software tools/scripts (e.g. JAVA, Python, Bash) 

  • Experience with Unix command line and associated tools 

  • Ability to be a team player and work in a collaborative environment

  • Information Security Mark-up

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, or Information Technology desired.

  • Experience using DocBook XML for creating, maintaining, and publishing documentation

  • Experience with using Agile methodologies (e.g. Scrum)

  • Experience using task management tools (e.g. JIRA)

  • Experience using and configuring continuous integration systems (e.g. Jenkins)

  • Experience using software repositories (e.g. SVN and Git)

  • Experience with software build tools (e.g. Ant, Maven, etc.)

  • Experience with translating policy (including Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs),  Intelligence Community Standards (ICSs), and Intelligence Community Policy Guidance (ICPGs)) into requirements for technical specifications

  • Experience with creating Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and articulating work to a multitude of audience levels: technical, developers, management, and executive/senior leaders

  • Ability to work autonomously to complete loosely defined tasks, including operating without an SOP or user manual

  • Ability to perform technical tasks while also thinking strategically about policy, governance, and communicating effectively

  • Ability to go from abstract concepts to concrete implementations and vice versa

  • Possession of excellent problem solving skill

Pay Range:

Pay Range $118,300.00 - $182,000.00 - $245,700.00

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® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company's global workforce of 47,000 collaborates to create smarter technology solutions for customers in heavily regulated industries. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $15.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2023.  For more information, visit

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