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Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC

Systems Engineer II

  •  Posted 8 Days Ago
  •   Full time
  •  Herndon, VA
  •  R0009977

We are seeking a Systems Engineer with a Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering or a related Engineering field and at least 3 years of relevant experience. In this challenging, fast-paced environment, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to design and create the most groundbreaking aerospace and defense technologies - those that exist today and those that will shape tomorrow. What to look forward to: As a Systems and DevOps Engineer your goal will be to manage cloud resources, establish and maintain a continuous deployment process, automate the scheduling of jobs, develop scripts that monitor performance and report errors, and develop strategies for automating the management and growth of the system. This position requires working with technical leads, data scientists and project managers in a Scrum-based Agile environment. This position is based in SNC’s Herndon, Virginia offices.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is making a highly scalable computing system to quickly respond to complex and changing requirements. The system resides in the cloud and is composed of cutting-edge open source technologies and frameworks. We are looking for an enthusiastic Systems and DevOps Engineer who will join our team and help operationalize, automate, and maintain the development of the system.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create, configure, implement, document and maintain a continuous deployment system.

  • Manage and automate the system’s cloud-based resources.

  • Provide for upgrading and patching system components and monitoring system health.

  • Help identify the best cloud-based architectures for the system.


  • Bachelor's degree in System Engineering or related Engineering discipline and typically 3 or more years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles and practices
  • Strong knowledge of AWS and/or other cloud providers.

  • Python development experience.

  • Experience with one of the configuration management frameworks (Chef, Puppet, Ansible)

  • Other scripting language experience (Perl, JavaScript, Bash)

  • Proficiency in distributed computing principles.

  • Experience integrating data from multiple data sources.

  • Experience managing  NoSQL databases (MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, ElasticSearch).

  • Knowledge with messaging systems (AWS SQS, Kafka or RabbitMQ)


  • Experience with requirements management and system modelling tools, such as DOORS, Rhapsody, NoMagic, MATLAB

  • Knowledgeable of industry standard mechanical design principles, to include, but not limited to requirements management, Model Based System Engineering (MBSE), verification and validation (V&V)

  • Experienced or certified in INCOSE standards

  • Prior experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

  • Previous experience leading baseline definition and maturation in a complex development setting, including the use of high impact trade studies and other measures

  • Establishing and tracking key Technical Performance Measurements (TPM)

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance is required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the US, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.