• HQ - Solutions Architect

    Job Locations US-VA-McLean
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Clearance Requirement
    Education Requirement
    Bachelor's Degree
    Experience Level
    8570 Compliant
  • 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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    SMS is seeking a pre-sales and proposal "Solutions Architect" to support our federal business unit. Ideal candidate will have 10+ years of solution engineering experience with complex proposal submissions and support to proposal development and submission of task orders under large IDIQ vehicles. .

    The position requires knowledge and skills that are both broad and deep across the Information Technology field as well as the area of Government Contracting. To be effective, the Solutions Architect must have experience on multiple Hardware and Software Platforms and be comfortable with complex and various system environments and cloud solutions.

    The Solutions Architect must also be able to interpret and identify strategic direction; to generate a compliant technical offering which will position the overall bid response to have a greater percentage chance of win. The Solutions Architect is often a highly seasoned senior technologist who has led multiple technical bid proposal response efforts. The person needs an ability to share and communicate ideas, both verbally and in writing, to executives, business sponsors, and additional technical resources in clear concise language. 


    As part of the proposal team work with Business Development (BD), Capture Management (CM) and Program Management (PgM) and other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to interpret customer technical requirements gathered from Requests for Information and Proposals (RFIs and RFPs) and intelligence gathered by the team to develop winning solutions for capture actions and proposal responses. Specific focus areas include:

    • Ability to analyze the provided instructions to offers (Section L) and evaluation criteria (Section M) and incorporate this data into the technical solutions being developed in support of a specific bid. 
    • Analyze technical requirements for an initiative/program/contract or problem. Support customer meetings to validate or expand upon technical understanding, and assist in gap analysis to support bid/no bid assessments and teaming strategies. 
    • Work with capture and proposal teams to articulate proposed technical solutions in writing to convey company's technical capabilities, understanding of customer requirements and the technical solution approach. 
    • Communicate the generated technical bid strategy to management and other appropriate people within the organization and solicit feedback and incorporate back into the generated strategy.
    • Generate a compliant technical proposal outlines and solution frameworks based upon wide ranging supplied customer requirement information. 
    • Prepare question(s) to better understand customer requirements contained within the supplied RFI / RFP and other customer information. 
    • Prepare tools in support of program/contract IDIQ bids to include technical requirements, contract requirements, and cost modeling and sourcing. These tools will be updated and utilized through the entire bid process. 
    • Validate customer supplied requirements with specific offerings to satisfy those requirements with the most appropriate technical and price cost solution. 
    • Knowledge and Information Management (Taxonomy, Data Analytics & Visualization, Content and Records Management, Web Design and Usability, etc…) 
    • Enterprise Systems Engineering and Development (Network engineering & Design, Enterprise Open Source, Application development, Infrastructure Optimization, Service Desk and Desk Side Support, etc...) 
    • Cyber Security and Information Assurance (Security Risk Management, COOP, Security Operation Center Operations, Governance and Auditing, etc.) 
    • Validate partner provided solutions in direct or indirect response of customer requirements 
    • “Value Engineering” – assist with the identification of the most optimum solutions to meet the customer provided requirements within the overall approach and strategy of the developed bid proposal response. 
    • Conceptualization of a wide-range of technical solutions for a variety of Information Technology solutions. 

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Technical experience as solutions architect or IT engineering-related field in specific Information Technology areas including: 

    Systems Development Lifecycle 

    ITIL, ITSM and service delivery methodologies 

    Data Management 

    Content Management  Solutions 

    Systems Integration and Development 

    Program Assurance 

    Systems Administration and Operations 

    Systems Engineering 

    Systems Management 

    Network Management Solutions 

    Enterprise Architecture & Capital Planning 

    Business Continuity 

    Knowledge Management 

    Business Process Management 

    Security Operations 

    Secure Enterprise Solutions 

    Security Governance and Oversight 

    Project Management 

    Education Requirements:

    BS in Computer Science or equivalent scientific or engineering discipline preferred. 

    Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP) certified (desired)

    At least one industry certification in Security, Engineering, or Architecture. 

    Citizenship/Eligibility for Clearance:

    US Citizenship required - Ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance 


    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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