• NGA ITEMS DSC - Sr. Linux Cloud Engineer (Dev Ops)

    Job Locations US-VA-Springfield
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Clearance Requirement
    Education Requirement
    Bachelor's Degree
    Experience Level
    8570 Compliant
    IAT 2
  • Overview

    SMS is a fast growing, veteran-owned business that's has supported Federal Government's IT initiatives for over four decades.  We work side-by-side with our Federal clients as a trusted, long-term partner to offer innovative advice and leadership to solve their most pressing and complex problems. We orchestrate people, strategies, technologies and best-of-breed business processes. The SMS advantage in management and technology consulting includes deep domain expertise in complex networking design and unifying communities of interest. 


    We have strong capabilities in design & build, planning, governance, quality management, security, analytics, virtualization, operations and business process improvement. For 40 years, SMS has brought customer satisfaction to Federal clients and formed lasting alliances with leading technology companies and talented small businesses to deliver joint, leading-edge, cost-effective services and products. 

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    This position supports the program’s Cloud Support Services (CSS) team to provide quality cost effective solutions to the client. As part of the CSS Team the Cloud Engineer’s expertise is needed to support a sophisticated enterprise cloud environment. The Cloud Engineer will actively participate with Scrum development teams and meetings. The engineer will be responsible for working with a highly functional team developing and automating server routines, optimizing system performance, establishing system monitoring, and maintaining established operating systems and security protocols for large production systems. Other responsibilities will include working with the team to define task breakdowns and effort estimates; as well as preparing design and test documents.



    • Architect, build and maintain cloud infrastructure to support team and customer initiatives
    • Manage all server monitoring systems and alert functions; respond as primary resource to alerts and communicate issues internally as appropriate
    • Maintain and improve existing infrastructure (build out autoscaling, support new services, optimize for cost efficiencies)
    • Administer production, staging and development environments
    • Manage and aggregate server logs and monitor for security and system related incidents
    • Monitor and analyze system performance, such as server load and resource usage
    • Maintain and improve existing build and deployment processes using CI/CD tools
    • Apply configuration management disciplines to maintain software revisions, security patches, hardening, and documentation
    • Enforce best practices for security and reliability, and drive security initiatives, like access control and vulnerability testing
    • Work with A&A Teams to maintain security requirements for operation of systems
    • Perform routine equipment checks and preventative maintenance
    • Maintain up to date documentation of designs/configurations
    • Work with other service providers to support areas of common interest
    • On-call support may be required



    • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related technical discipline.
    • Masters Degree preferred.


    10-15 years of related systems engineering experience.


    Required Skills:

    • Experience as a system architect/administrator/operator in a large scale production environment
    • Strong experience with Linux distributions such as RedHat, Ubuntu, CentOS
    • Strong understanding of DevOps and software/application development processes
    • Experience with GitLab, Jenkins, Nexus, and other DevOps/Continuous Integration tools
    • Experience with cloud orchestration tools (i.e. SALT, Chef, Ansible)
    • Experience with public clouds such as AWS, Google, Rackspace
    • Knowledge of IAAS, PAAS and/or SAAS cloud technologies.
    • Knowledge of network technologies, common infrastructure components, load balancers, firewalls, virtual and physical infrastructure design
    • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Must possess excellent time management skills and the drive to work unsupervised

     Desired Skills:

    • Experience with Java and Python web framework
    • Experience building Amazon EC2 instances and S3 buckets for development, test, and production environments
    • Experience working closely with software development teams
    • Understanding of access management and security groups (i.e. LDAP, IAM, S3 bucket, Cloud Trail, SSH, VPN, etc.)
    • Programming experience with Java; Python and/or Shell scripting
    • Ability to write and use unit and functional testing


    SMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    SMS is a veteran-owned network integrator established in 1976.  With an employee retention rate averaging over 5 years, our ability to hire quality people and retain them in a rapidly evolving IT market proves why we are a world-class information technology company. At SMS, we place a high value on quality of service, customer satisfaction, and best-of-breed policies and practices. As a result, SMS is proud to be ISO 9001:2008 Registered and a CMMI Level 3 certified company, ensuring that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, partners and employees.  


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