Cloud Solutions Architect

Ashburn, VA
Network /
Regular /
Agile Defense provides leading-edge Digital Transformation solutions to support and advance our customers' mission. We deliver innovative and high-quality services to our customers worldwide through an empowered and engaged workforce.

Requisition #: 13

Job Title: Cloud Solutions Architect

Location: Ashburn, VA (Remote)

Clearance Level: Active DoD - CBP Suitability, DHS Suitability, Active TS

Salary Range: $128,209 - $192,313
Customs Border Patrol (CBP) has a global presence with connectivity to approximately 1300 field sites as well as Other Government Agencies (OGAs) and trade partners. CBP conducts operations in 22 countries, 328 ports of entry, 129 border patrol stations within 22 sectors, and 75 AMO locations. To support its mission, CBP needs a robust, resilient, and high performing enterprise network and supporting services throughout its global footprint. The Network Services Division within the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations Directorate (EIOD) provides network services and oversight of the CBP enterprise network infrastructure and comprises the Network Architecture and Engineering Division (NAED) and Network Operations Division (NOD).
Working with an enterprise network architecture and engineering team supporting our Federal customer, the Cloud Architect interfaces with customers to determine technical requirements, feasibility and expectations and strategizes with the client to develop solutions based on a variety of criteria including a clear description of services, functionality, scalability, future proofing, and cost. The Cloud Architect is responsible for designing cloud-based solutions using cloud computing architectural procedures that typically consists of a front-end platform, back end platforms, cloud-based delivery, and a network.  Responsible for the support of the development of the Technical Requirements Document and a Detailed Design Document (DDD) for the Cloud Connectivity Architecture, consistent with the associated Functional Requirements Document and DDD, before transitioning to Operations. Responsibility includes designing and communicating compelling solutions that urge prospects to take the desired action and implementing cloud computing architecture solutions that address cloud security and compliance fundamentals, deployment automation and elastic sizing of environments, and multi-tenant implications. Additionally, the Cloud Architect will manage the implementation of the cloud to ensure a successful deployment.

Build Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI), Netbond, Direct Connect and VPN connections.
Lead Migration from legacy on-prem networking to the Cloud Networking.
Provide expert guidance in one or more Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS) offerings and be comfortable discussing solutions with clients.
Design and implement multi-tier architecture solution that is highly available and fault tolerant using Cloud platform services.
Design and implement effective cloud computing solutions that take into account an organization’s structure, communications, and operational business processes, including financial management and cost model implications.
 Manage the process of migrating and transition to a cloud environment.
 Analyze current workloads, migrate existing IT systems to the cloud, an configure new systems or services to enhance business operations.


Required Certifications
Eligibility/Clearance - Must be a U.S. Citizen.
 Clearance Preference:
CBP Full BI - 1st priority
Any DHS badge + DoD Top Secret or Secret - 2nd choice
DoD Secret or Top Secret + willingness to get CBP clearance - 3rd choice (it can take 45 days to 6 months to obtain a CBP clearance – work can only begin once the clearance is fully adjudicated)

Education, Background, and Years of Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, IT Systems, or other related discipline.
At least 4 years of hands-on experience in Network Design, Network Engineering, Network Operational Support and Cloud engineering experience of Medium to Large enterprise network environments. Education requirement may be substituted with an additional 4 years of relevant experience.


Required Skills
Programming and scripting experience in programming languages like C#, Python, Java, or JavaScript
Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public and Private Cloud
Experience with Azure Cloud
Experience with Google Cloud
Experience with Cloud Service Routers (CSRv)
Experience performing requirements gathering with a prospective customer and tailoring a custom product and solution.
Experience with Cloud Identity and Access Management
Experience migrating from legacy on-prem networking to the Cloud Networking
Thorough understanding of Cloud Computing: virtualization technologies, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service Cloud delivery models and the current competitive landscape
Thorough understanding of infrastructure (firewalls, load balancers, hypervisor, storage, monitoring, security, etc.) and have experience with orchestration to develop a cloud solution.
A data-driven critical thinking mind, analytical expertise, and a solution-driven, service-oriented personality.
 A knack for working in a similar fast-paced, high-SLA, deadline driven environment.
 Must be able to work with minimal supervision and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Skills
Desired Certifications: AWS - Networking and/or Security Specialty, Solutions Architect Associate or Professional


Environmental Conditions
 Fully remote candidates need to be within 4 hours driving distance from NCR.

Strength Demands
Medium – 50 lbs. Maximum lifting with frequent lift/carry up to 25 lbs.

Physical Requirements
 Stand or Sit; Walk; Repetitive Motion; Use Hands / Fingers to Handle or Feel; Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, or Crawl; See; Push or Pull; Climb (stairs, ladders) or Balance (ascend / descend, work atop, traverse).
Employees of Agile Defense are our number one priority, and the importance we place on our culture here is fundamental. Our culture is alive and evolving, but it always stays true to its roots. Here, you are valued as a family member, and we believe that we can accomplish great things together. Agile Defense has been highly successful in the past few years due to our employees and the culture we create together. We believe several attributes are the root of our very best employees and extraordinary culture. We have named these attributes “The 6 H’s” – Happy, Helpful, Honest, Humble, Hungry, and Hustle.

Happy: We exhibit a positive outlook in order to create a positive environment.
Helpful: We assist each other and pull together as teammates to deliver.
Honest: We conduct our business with integrity.
Humble: We recognize that success is not achieved alone, that there is always more to learn, and that no task is below us.
Hungry: We desire to consistently improve.
Hustle: We work hard and get after it.

These Core Values are present in all our employees and our organization's aspects. Learn more about us and our culture by visiting us here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Agile Defense is subject to federal vaccine mandates or other customer/facility vaccination requirements as a federal contractor. As such, to protect its employees' health and safety and comply with customer requirements, Agile Defense may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)