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Job #: R-00000696
Location: Adelphi, MD
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

Job Description:

The Leidos Government Health & Safety Solutions Operations is seeking a talented Software/Systems Chief Architect, contingent upon contract award, to drive the technical execution for an FDA innovation program in White Oak, MD.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires DevSecOps, Innovation, Modernization, and

Engineering Services to modernize the IT infrastructure to support FDA's mission which is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The ability to rapidly develop and deploy information systems and resources plays a critical role in enabling the FDA's efforts to transform agency operations and respond quickly and accurately to emerging scientific, technological, and economic trends affecting its regulatory mission. To support rapid development and deployment, the FDA is increasingly leveraging methodologies to help streamline FDA modernization efforts, such as Agile development (e.g. SCRUM, Kanban), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), IT Asset Management (ITAM), DevSecOps, Containerization, Microservices based architecture, Software Defined Networking (SDN), among other contemporary innovations.

Specific roles & responsibilities for the Software/Systems Architect position include but not limited to the following:

  • Enterprise Architecture (EA) Program Planning - The Chief Architect shall assist the Enterprise Architecture team in developing and maintaining an EA Program Management Plan (EA PMP), based on industry best practice, as well as mandates and governance organizations which are unique to the FDA.
  • Current State (a.k.a. "As-is") Architecture Modeling - The Chief Architect shall maintain FDA's Current-State Architecture on an ongoing basis using HHS and FDA provided tools. Previously, the primary tool was provided by HHS, based on Troux Metis, but that tool is currently being migrated to a yet-to-be-determined tool, likely some combination of RSA Archer and ServiceNow.
  • Current State Architecture Reporting - Fixed/standardized reports, as well as "ad-hoc" onetime reports shall also be produced by the Chief Architect as-needed, based on the Current State Architecture Modeling data collected and entered.
  • IT System Roadmaps - The Chief Architect shall develop IT System Roadmaps as part of FDA's overall IT modernization activities, to document modernization planning from the current-state to the future state. IT System Roadmaps will include information such as:
    • Business Capability - The "line(s) of business" applicable to the IT System.
    • IT Systems Included - The IT system(s) included (an IT System Roadmap can consider multiple IT systems at the same time), along with a description of each IT system(s).
    • Technologies - Technologies associated with each IT system, both hardware and

software, including information about the technology category and end-of-life planning.
  • Microservices - Proposed reusable modular components suitable for an Application

Programming Interface (API) or Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) environment, based on the

Business Capability and technology analysis indicated above.
  • Findings and Recommendations - To analyze areas such as:
    • Technology Drivers
    • System/Technology Relationships
    • Current-state Technology End-of-Life determination
    • Promising new technologies
    • Technology Standard Recommendations
    • IT Service Recommendations
    • Implementation recommendations, regarding the strategic and tactical approaches
    • Timeline - A timeline, summarizing the chronological aspects of recommendations.

  • Reference Architectures - The Chief Architect shall also provide detailed reference architectures -basically engineering summary documentation - for both current-state (a.k.a. "as-is") and future-state (a.k.a. "to-be") . Reference architectures will include (adjusted as appropriate depending on the needs for current-state or future-state documentation) information such as:
    • Mandates - Applicable mandates and constraints.
    • Business Capabilities - The Business Capabilities that the IT Capability Blueprint would support. Additionally:
      • Identify possible microservices at a high level
      • Decompose Business Capabilities to level 4 and determine what services are required - decompose to lower level microservices and make recommendations.
    • Requirements - The requirements that the IT Capability needs to satisfy, as applicable, such as:
      • Business requirements
      • Technical requirements (functional & non-functional)
      • Data requirements
    • Requirements Ranking - Rank requirements, based on stakeholder input.
    • Solution Alternatives - One or more solution alternatives, describing, as appropriate:
      • Software products involved
      • Hosting environment (in-house, Cloud, etc.)
      • Customization required
      • For HVAs, Identify ARM, User System Services and identify any redundancies
      • Gather information on Information Exchanges, Subcomponents to determine system dependencies
      • Identify associated technologies and services of system dependents
      • Perform gap analysis and identify duplicative (redundant) systems
    • Solution Selection Recommendation - A recommended solution, from the pool of solution alternatives, based on analysis of the requirements ranking.
    • Design Template - A reusable architectural design, which can be leveraged in IT projects, FDA-wide.
  • Target Architecture - The Chief Architect shall develop an FDA End-State Architecture, based in part on various Target Architecture deliverables provided by prior Chief Architect and FDA staff, that details a future state of FDA's IT modernization activities. The Target Architecture will provide a future view of FDA's IT architecture to be realized over the next three to five years. As appropriate, the Target Architecture will be developed as a "federated" document set, with a summary-level Target Architecture, and associated Reference Architectures and IT System Roadmaps as described above.
  • IT Capability Blueprints - The Chief Architect shall develop reusable "blueprints" that can be leveraged by FDA IT development projects, with a strong emphasis on new FDA modernization approaches such as:
    • DevOps
    • Containerization
    • Microservices and API-based architecture
    • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
    • Segment architecture covering well-define FDA Business Capabilities

This position is contingent upon contract award.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree and 12+ years of related technical experience.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Expertise in architecting and designing solutions for large, complex software development projects, accounting for scalability, flexibility, performance, and security
  • Proven success with hands on development, prototype, trade-off and selection analysis, and evaluating of various technologies
  • Advanced proficiency with Java/J2EE, Java Script, Angular 2+, JPA/ORM, REST/JAX/Soap Web Services, WebLogic, Spring Framework, Oracle 11g/12c, PL/SQL, Maven, HTML5, Log4f, Junit, and Unix/Linux experience
  • Extended experience with service oriented environment and best development practices
  • Superior knowledge of the fundamentals of iterative developments and applications of Agile concepts and principles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience working directly with customers to discuss their requirements and objectives
  • Evidence of continuous learning of new business area, technology, and methodologies
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Proven experience with supporting highly critical customer missions

Desired Skills:
  • Previous FDA domain knowledge
  • Demonstrated experience with DevOps practices
  • ITIL V3 Certifications
  • CISSP Certifications


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit .

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