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Job #: R-00082769
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Database Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000.00
Group: Intelligence

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Job Description:

Are you looking to make a difference? Leidos in San Diego, CA is looking for a Senior Database Engineer to join our team supporting iApp initiatives within our Intelligence Organization.

Leidos ranks as a top industry leader for its high performance and high reliability ensuring priority of our nation’s safety. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  

We welcome all those who have big ideas, crave innovation and have the passion to bring the warfighter home safe. With a 9/80 schedule, and every other Friday off, our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. This is your chance to join a dynamic team working across multiple disciplines with opportunities to further expand your knowledge and grow your career.

Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come join our mission! 


Leidos is seeking a candidate for the position of a Senior Database Engineer. This position is for a Senior Database Administration Engineering and technical development team leader within our portfolio of Cybersecurity and Cryptographic Key Management projects.  This position requires a candidate who has held a diverse blend of technical leadership roles supporting Government markets and has a track record of successfully executing projects involving enterprise or complex web-based implementations using relational databases. Database technologies vary and may include systems such as Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server, MySQL and SQLite for mobile applications.

This candidate will oversee areas of database application support for a fast-paced, leading-edge information assurance (IA) development program in an Agile environment, including database design, installation, configuration, performance tuning, backups, troubleshooting, managing DB development tools and leading a database support team. The candidate will contribute creative technical database design and performance guidance in Agile planning sessions, storyboarding and SCRUM reviews.

The candidate will help to grow the business and keep the team's skillsets recent by staying involved with industry working groups that are focused on application security initiatives (e.g. OWASP, CWE, SANS). Must have good customer skills and working knowledge of database security.  It is expected that the candidate is able to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Candidate will be a member of an experienced project team.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Analyze user requirements, system architecture, and system requirements specifications, and will provide database engineering expertise and develop system architecture and system design documentation.
  • Support the development of system configuration documentation, including designs for capacity and performance planning and will perform engineering activities, including risk assessments and analyses of alternatives for a variety of system related issues and concerns.
  • Provide guidance and support for database engineering of large-scale systems, major system elements, and interfacing systems that are part of a large complex network environment with geographically distributed components.
  • Interface with technical managers, system and software integration engineers, test engineers, information assurance engineers, and other project team members in an Agile environment.
  • Manage and administer computer databases for large development projects.
  • Ensure data requirements have been identified, design is fully normalized, and database complies with industry best practices and security requirements. 
  • Plan and implement software installations, upgrades, and patches. 
  • Build instances and database objects including the creation of tables, indexes, views, and stored procedures.
  • Monitor database performance to ensure integrity of data and provide tuning of the database for optimal performance.
  • Identify need for hardware / software upgrades or replacements.
  • Ensure root causes to bottlenecks are identified and implement corrective actions. Ensure databases backups are both scheduled and verified successful. 
  • Document and implement disaster recovery plans.
  • May assign personnel to various projects and special tasks and directs their activities; reviews and evaluates their work and prepares performance reports.
  • Confers with and advises subordinates on administrative policies and procedures, technical problems, priorities and methods of resolution.
  • Consults with and advises development team members and users of the various database applications.
  • Provide development design guidance including documentation for database engineering performance, schema, security, testing and deployment.
  • Projects long-range requirements for database administration and design in conjunction with other managers in the information systems function.
  • Prepares activity and progress reports regarding the database management section.
  • The database engineer will actively participate in program increment planning and related agile team activities.

What you will like about this position… 

  • Being part of an amazing team of professionals all passionate about the vision of the product suite and the positive impact it provides to our many customers.
  • Implementing a wide variety of technologies and the use of powerful industry-standard development tools and practices.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or a related field with at least 10+ years of related experience or a Master’s Degree with at least 8+ years of relevant experience. Additional experience may be substituted for a Degree.

  • Active DoD Secret Clearance to be considered and be eligible to obtain up to a TS/SCI clearance in the future.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in programs and contracts of similar scope, type, and complexity.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience as database administrator.
  • Minimum of six (6) years of experience in developing database architectures.
  • Knowledge of Oracle or PostgreSQL Internals.
  • Hands on experience in relational database programming in relational database management systems including the development of functions / stored procedures / triggers / etc
  • Experience with data modeling and performance tuning
  • Experience in supporting development efforts in all phases of the development life cycle.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment and possess time management skills to meet schedules and participate in the Agile scrum.
  • Works well in a team environment and has excellent written and communication skills.
  • Must be able to manage workloads within multiple projects, delivering results within agreed deadlines.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making ability.
  • Exemplifies leadership traits and foster a team atmosphere.
  • Detail oriented with experience interacting with customers.

Desired  Qualifications (some subset of the following):

  • Knowledgeable in Agile Methodologies (e.g., Scrum, Lean), particular to the incorporation of security / IA into the lifecycle.
  • Experience integrating security into a Continuous Integration Environment.
  • Knowledgeable on various web services / service-oriented architectures
  • Previous experience in Administration and Operations roles.

DoD 8570 approved security certification (i.e., Security +) (Will be required 90 days after hire).

The right candidate will exhibit the following:

· Quality - demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail at all times; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

· Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

· Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities and takes ownership of tasks at hand; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

· Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.

· Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

· Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

· Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

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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 45,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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