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Job #: R-00015218
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Corporate


Job Requisition:

Solution Architect Lead -Cloud

Job Description:

Key Responsibilities include

  • Support CTO Group as directed e.g. Lead R&D projects, Tech Deep Dives, Reviews etc
  • Support BD and Capture teams identify and pursue opportunities:

Support Decision Making

  • Support Business Case Development e.g. strategic value / alignment of opportunity to corporate capability / strategy, estimate of resources and effort  required to pursue the opportunity further, likelihood of win etc
  • Support the BD and Capture Gate reviews
  • Act as the central point of contact / liaison for the CTO Group

Identify Opportunities

  • Support BD client call plans and identification of opportunities 
  • Work with the Pre-Sales and /or delivery teams to:
    • verify stakeholder pain points, hot buttons,  technical biases / constraints
    • understand the current state environment
    • confirm the desired end state / objectives
  • Develop briefs, whitepapers, unsolicited proposals and /or demo’s to showcase Leidos solutions working with industry vendors and /or other Leidos teams

Qualify Opportunities

  • Develop the Initial Solution (ConOps  / Enterprise Architecture Design):
    • Solution / Scope Components
    • Solution Strategy
      • Design Assumptions, Principles and /or constraints
    • High Level solution approach outline (Current, Transitional, Future)
      • Alternate solutions considered and rationale for approach chosen
    • Teaming recommendations to cover capability gaps or strengthen win
      • Make / Buy decisions criteria used
    • Solution Themes, Features and Benefits
    • Differentiators and Discriminators
    • Research corporate capabilities and pull in SME’s as required
  • Develop the ‘Why Leidos’ Solution Story
  • Socialize the Initial story with the relevant client stakeholders and refine as required 
  • Business case for any corporate investments required e.g. R&D , POC etc
  • Schedule, activity and resources / skills  required to complete the solution design

Proposal Readiness and Development

  • Update & Expand on the Initial Solution (ConOps  / Enterprise Architecture Design)
  • Develop anticipated or derived requirements leveraging information available if requirements not known.
    •  If requirements known confirm understanding seek clarity of ambiguous requirements through the Capture process
  • Develop the Initial High Level Design for each Solution Component:
    • Technical View of the Design (Tools / Products & Technologies)
    • Operational View of the Design (People / Staffing / Teaming)
    • Lead SMEs / Technical Architects on team as required
    • Perform industry research and vendor capability discovery activity as required
    • Work with Tech Writers, Graphic Artists and other proposal operations staff
  • Develop technical risk register for the design and lead mitigation planning effort
  • Document technical assumptions and dependencies
  • Identify and develop scope requirements for teaming (subcontractors) approved
  • Develop the engineering Basis of the Estimate (BOE) & Bill of Material (BOM)
  • If required lead POCs, Demo’s or Trade studies
  • Develop various technical artifacts aligned to the lifecycle of the opportunity. E.g. Annotated Mock Ups
  • Facilitate Technical Peer Reviews
  • Ensure all technical documentation is formally endorsed by the CTO Group 


Technical Experience with:

  • Multiple architecture models e.g. 4+1, Microservices, SOA, TOGAF & or  Event Driven 
  • Cloud Native Architecture and Infrastructure Patterns e.g. 12 Factor
  • Performing Cloud migration in Azure or AWS e.g Lift & Shift, Re-Factor and Re-platform 
  • Setting up cloud environments in various configurations 
  • Developing cost models, basis of estimates (BOEs) and Bill of Materials (BOM)
  • Performing requirements traceability - operational and non-functional (e.g. horizontal & vertical scalability, performance, maintainability, load distribution, resilience and recovery)
  • Developing ConOps and /or Solution Approach Outlines
  • Designing solutions to cost, win and execution
  • Developing solutions and proposal writing
  • Capturing technical requirements and defining technical solutions in service, conceptual, execution and /or  technical views
  • Developing transformation roadmaps

Work experience:

  • Lead SA on medium or large size business captures and proposals
  • Managing a team of technical staff
  • Background as a System Engineer, Cloud Engineer, Cloud Architect
  • Developing and maintaining client relationships
  • Designing, implementing and /or using cloud services 
  • Health industry experience an advantage
  • Experience supporting federal and /or other government agencies an advantage


  • Self-motivated and focused on delivering outcomes
  • Resilient with the ability to find innovative ways around against road blocks
  • Have broad experience and skillsets that span in all levels that make up a business solution
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity to explore and pick up new technologies and concepts
  • Can work in an iterative way starting with ambiguity and loosely structured requirements
  • Thrive in fast paced, high change environments
  • Can work independently
  • Fosters an inclusive team environment
  • Refined presentation and communication skills with ability to tailor message to the audience 


Ability to:

  • Manage high pressure situations
  • Interface and communicate effectively with both engineers and executives
  • Evaluate new technologies and stay current with a broad range of industry trend
  • Articulate rationale for design decisions
  • Devise, develop and apply innovative technology to solutions


  • A Bachelor's of Science Degree in engineering or relevant field and at least 12 years of experience is required
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect or MCE Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect
  • A Masters degree and 10 years experience is preferred

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:




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Job Family:

Systems Engineering



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 33,000 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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