Automation Engineer (Applications)

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Job Title:  Automation Engineer (Applications)

Job Location: Tampa, FL

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

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

Job Responsibilities:

Trace Systems is actively recruiting for an Automation Engineer (Applications) to join our team in Tampa, FL.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Understand, decompose and implement test plan, automation, and validation procedures based on stated product features and skillsets
  • Provide architecture and design level input to the agile team that integrates, orchestrate and facilitate ideas and maintain momentum across a diverse technical skillset
  • Help engineer solutions that are technically sound and within the constructs of the DOD environment
  • 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
  • Support complex and diverse network platforms/topologies within the engineering team
  • Will be responsible for the design, integration, operation, and management of complex enterprise networks, linking a variety of platforms, operating systems, network topologies, and network protocols.
  • Collaborate with vendors, the Government, carriers, and technical staff on network implementation, optimization and ongoing management
  • Lead technical teams that are integrating new technology into the existing operational environment
  • Advise senior government staff on industry best practices and provide policy recommendations to implement those practices
  • Work in a dynamic/agile development environment and be adaptable to changing requirements
  • Be resourceful, curious, and driven. Push the envelope in adopting new technologies, best design practices to ensure DOD has the best possible systems. Outside the box thinking.
  • Work in a collaborated environment to achieve original and anticipated features and functionality of programs to be developed
  • Follow life-cycle oriented processes and procedures
  • History of balancing competing priorities with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business while meeting a deadline
  •  Experience with using infrastructure as code methodologies to implement application and operating system configuration management
  • Deep experience designing and executing automated, end-to-end integration tests in API-driven applications
  • Work with business stakeholders and dev leads to prepare appropriate testing approaches, test plans, and test cases
  • Analyze, discuss and clarify test requirements with government, product, and development team members
  • Standup and configuration of test environments/sandboxes
  • Hands-on development of tests and testing suites
  • Manage test environments and setup/maintain test datasets
  • Configure and maintain test management suites using TestRail or similar
  • Evaluate where and how to increase/improve automation test coverage
  • Structure and conduct user acceptance testing with business stakeholders
  • Take part in product enhancement, feature design and requirements discussions (i.e., represent the voice of the customer)
  • Work with Lead Architectinternal and external teams to scope features and prioritize roadmap
  • Work with the multiple technology teams to provide expertise in automation using configuration management tools such as Ansible.
  • Strong knowledge of Linux/Windows.
  • Knowledge of VMWare technologies such as vRO, vRA, vSphere, and ESX.
  • Public cloud experience with platforms such as AWS and Azure a plus.
  • Knowledge of source code management practices and general development methodologies.
  • Experience using Git and understanding branching and merging concepts.
  • Bitbucket experience a plus.
  • Automate deployments, maintenance, and common tasks where applicable.
  • Knowledge of coding the Ansible or vRO API to interface with external tools and services.
  • Maintain Ansible infrastructure. Perform upgrades and enhancements as needed.
  • Partners with various teams to ensure operating system configuration and application configuration are managed using Ansible/vRA or similar automation suite
  • Experience working within strict change management procedures in an environment with multiple stakeholders.
  • The ability to manage self and multi-task in an environment of changing priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and troubleshooting skills a must
  • Act as an escalation point on critical issues for various internal technology groups
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Position requires a minimum of twelve (12) years of direct experience in the last fifteen years designing, supporting, maintaining, troubleshooting, and administering Windows Enterprise Services (Servers, email (Exchange), instant messaging (Lync, Tactical Chat Server, OpenFire), Web Services (SharePoint)and other communication tools.
  • 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;
  • Strong experience in implementing Hypervisor and Virtual Machine Storage;
  • 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 automation.
  • Serves as Storage Administrator in support of NetApp Storage Area Network.  Lead implementation, design, development and maintenance of NetApp filers in a VMware datacenter.
  • Experience with VMware Operations Manager, 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 clearance

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • MCSE
  • MCSA


  •  Bachelor's Degree in a related discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Math, Engineering), experience may be considered in lieu of degree

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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