Systems Engineer - Infrastructure (Ft. Meade)*

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Job Title: Systems Engineer – Infrastructure*

Job Location: Ft. Meade, MD

Security Clearance: Active, in-scope US Government issued Secret/SSBI clearance

Due to the nature of the work and US Government requirements, US Citizenship is required. 

Job Responsibilities:

Trace Systems is seeking an experienced Systems Engineer for its Ft. Meade Engineering team who will contribute to the overall engineering, design, build, implementation/integration and operations support of all existing and new Infrastructure. 

Duties to include:


  • Be part of an engineering team building DOD systems using advanced NSX/ESXi networking functionalities such as virtual or distributed switches, network emulation devices, network overlay technologies and NIC offload capabilities
  • Management of Ft. Meade lab environment infrastructure for day to day operations
  • With minimum guidance provides top-level technical expertise, including performing in-depth and complex software systems programming and analysis.
  • Designs architectures to include the software to support the total requirements as well as provide for present and future cross-functional requirements and interfaces. Ensures these systems are compatible and in compliance with the standards for open systems and DoD architectures.
  • Determines and identifies high level functional and technical requirements based on interactions with the user community and knowledge of the enterprise architecture. Identifies, assesses, and presents options for meeting the functional and technical requirements including software updates or upgrades.
  • Formulates and defines specifications for operating system applications or modifies and maintains existing applications using engineering releases and utilities from the manufacturer. Creates detailed design specifications for use by software development staff members. Interacts with project management to plan project schedules and technical direction. Develops software design documents and technology white papers.
  • Instrumental in selection of development tools. Responsible for developing high level system design diagrams and for program design, coding, testing, debugging and documentation. Instructs, directs, and checks the work of other task personnel. Responsible for quality assurance review and the evaluation of existing and new software products.
  • Manage all messaging systems, Windows Server Enterprise supported by the Infrastructure team by performing server builds, virtual machine management, server maintenance, etc.
  • Manage VMware vSphere environment and all supporting components, NSX, vRA, vROPS, etc.
  • Install, maintain and monitor equipment, which may include network and server infrastructure, application systems and database systems
  • Recommend and implement changes to the overall system and messaging environments through following an institutionalized change management process
  • Act as an escalation point on critical issues for various internal technology groups
  • Analyze, determine, and document technical requirements.
  • Communicate accurate and useful status reports to management on a timely basis.
  • Anticipate issues and pro-actively resolve them.
  • Prepare contingencies, scenarios, scenario plans and action items to resolve issues
  • Identify and initiate continuous improvements.
  • Instill commitment to quality, customer service, ownership, and teamwork.
  • Build strong customer relationships. Promote internal/external customer service among organization
  • Maintain awareness of new technological developments in industry and processes- presents new concepts appropriately and champion successful implementation.
  • Key contributor in the research, planning and implementation of server virtualization projects in accordance with and support of business needs goals and objectives.
  • Where appropriate, provide on-going training and technical direction to other team members pertaining to virtualization optimization, installation, upgrades, configuration, and troubleshooting.
  • Interact with vendors in the resolution of complex problems.
  • Effectively communicate with customers, help desk support personnel and senior technicians.
  • Facilitate training sessions for peers on new technology solutions, optimization, upgrades, trouble-shooting techniques, new technology and administration tools.
  • Forecast and recommend infrastructure and system application improvements.
  • Work with ticket queue to track support issues.
  • Available to provide after-hours support.
  • Willing and available for on-call support.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Eight years direct experience, in the last ten years related in experience identified below: 
  • Solid experience with Microsoft applications in a VMware virtual environment
  • Strong experience in implementing and troubleshooting vCenter and Virtual Machines;
  • Strong experience in implementing and troubleshooting Virtual Networking configurations as well as Distributed Virtual Switches
  • Strong experience in implementing Hypervisor and Virtual Machine Storage;
  • Strong experience in SAN and NAS administration
  • Solid experience with anti-spam, encryption and email tracking, TLS configurations, transport rules, and e-discovery.
  • Strong experience managing a Windows environment, including but not limited to Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Group Policy.
  • Strong experience with Public and Private Key services (Design and Implementation)
  • Experience developing Powershell scripts for administration/automation, Specifically for the automation of Day 1 – Day 3 Operations.
  • Experience with VMware Operations Manager, LogInsight, Subject Matter Expert with either Active Directory, Exchange, VMWare, SharePoint, or other complex Windows applications
  • Experience with one or more programming/scripting languages such as PowerShell, VBScript, Python, etc.
  • Technical lead for large scale projects involving Windows technologies
  • Cloud and hybrid cloud deployments
  • Experience with Microsoft application deployment automation (i.e. Active Directory, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync)
  • Active, in-scope US Government issued Secret/SSBI clearance
  • Due to the nature of the work and US Government requirements, US Citizenship is required. 
  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II certification


Desired Qualifications:

  • MCSE
  • MCSA
  • VCP6-DCV
  • VCP6-NV


  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in a related discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Network Engineering, Math). With at least 15 years of general experience of which 12 years is directly related experience, a degree is not required.

Trace Systems

Trace Systems, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, was founded to support and defend our nation's security interests at home and abroad–– whenever and wherever. We provide cybersecurity, intelligence, communications, networking and information technology services, systems, and solutions to the United States Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Department of Homeland Security.


To Apply: We invite you to put your talents to work by joining a growing team of dynamic professionals here at Trace Systems! Be part of a culture at our leading edge company where you can achieve great things while fostering a satisfying and rewarding career progression. Please apply directly through the website at:      #jointracesystems


Trace Systems is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age (40 or older), genetic information, disability or veteran status. 


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