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Saab Global
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Senior Systems Engineer - FAA Enterprise Network Architect

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date: 30 November 2023

Job Description:

Saab Inc. is currently searching for self-motivated and experienced Senior Systems Engineers to conduct requirements and functional analysis, systems integration and test methodologies for Cloud Services technology to support the nation-wide Federal Aviation Administration Enterprise Network Services (FENS) infrastructure transformation program.


This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work on leading-edge technologies to build and deliver a dynamic, highly available and secure information management system for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. As a Senior Systems Engineer on the team, you will have the chance to work with a diverse group of internal and external team members, spanning numerous disciplines and all experience levels.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Participate in the design, planning, support and any other technological duties associated with the cloud computing environment

  • Design and Integrate the provisions of a cloud-based infrastructure using Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

  • Design and Integrate APIs to consume IT services (eg Active Directory Domain Services)

  • Design, Integrate, deployment and maintain Kubernetes platforms in multiple environments and classification levels

  • Works within the team to collaborate on software solutions, works to ensure good documentation, and is constantly willing to tackle new skills to meet the shifting demands of the public cloud and Kubernetes world

  • Analyze cloud-based services to determine how to automate their deployment consistent with policies and standards

  • Design and Integrate automated provisioning of new services

  • Design and Integrate Security and Compliance Controls

  • Develop and Publish Technical Standards

  • Actively participate on an Agile infrastructure product team including daily standups, demos, retrospectives, sprint planning, etc

  • Perform work consistent with agreed upon team goals and priorities; Assist team members as requested or required

  • Design and Integrate test automation suites to ensure the quality of products

  • Customizes Cloud software based on research and customer needs

  • Prepare detailed specifications from which programs will be written, designed, coded, tested and debugged

  • May consult with users and develop business relationships and integrate activities with other IT components to ensure successful implementation

  • Monitor and report to management on the status of project efforts, anticipating/identifying issues that inhibit the attainment of project goals and implementing corrective actions

  • Full Stack application development experience

  • Formulates and defines system scope and objectives for assigned projects

  • Formulate and define system scope and objectives through research and fact-finding to develop business systems

  • Collaborate and create cloud governance policies

  • Works alongside architects, designers, frontend engineers, and others to deliver software systems that support services as directed by the Cloud Technical Lead

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or similar

  • 8+ years of experience in hands on platform engineering ideally in large-scale software projects or As A Service (aaS) model

  • Must be able to obtain FAA Position of Trust clearance

  • Hands on experience in Kubernetes and Cluster Management

  • Experience with deploying Kubernetes within a platform or cloud offerings, including GCP, AWS, or Azure

  • Demonstrated experience with Kubernetes managed storage solutions or databases (velero, ceph)

  • Demonstrated experience in Kubernetes hardening or cybersecurity best practices

  • Experience with container tools, including kubectl, K9s, Docker, Kubernetes, or Rancher (RKE2)

  • Experience building and shipping services around Kubernetes, Cloud Native, and Cloud Service Providers (AWS, GCP, or Azure.)

  • Networking experience with one of the top cloud providers in the context of Kubernetes

  • Capable of consulting on how to refactor software to run better in systems such as Kubernetes

  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code environments, including activities around the automated server or network configurations, large-scale software deployments, or monitoring and testing, such as continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD)

  • Hands on working knowledge around standard AWS services, such as EC2, S3, Lambda, VPCs, Load balancing, Networking and Monitoring Health of these services using tools/processes

  • Hands on experience in deploying AWS Cloud Formation scripts, Terraform and SSL Certificates

  • Good understanding of Cloud Security in AWS, specifically IAM Roles & Polices, Security Groups and Encryption keys

  • Has knowledge in Cloud Account Management, Security Policies and Governance

  • Experience with Docker or another container engine

  • Proficiency with CI/CD tools and implementing pipelines

  • Interest in building systems using modern, scalable, resilient, cloud native architectures (Containers, Serverless, etc.)

  • Strong commitment to quality, documentation, and engineering excellence

  • Proficient interpersonal skills with an ability to reach both technical and non-technical partners

  • Experience with any programming language

  • Knowledge in secure SDLC, particularly in a cloud environment

  • Knowledge on Cloud tools and technologies

  • Experience with open-source, specifically projects in the CNCF ecosystem

  • Experience with backend systems and software engineering

  • Programming experience in a relevant language, e.g. Golang, Python

  • Understanding of common approaches to software engineering, software architecture and design

  • Ability to demonstrate Jira, Confluence, and GitLab

  • Experience with ClusterAPI, Terraform, Tinkerbell, and other infrastructure tooling

  • Experience with service meshes like Istio and Linkerd

  • Can discuss and work with CSI, CNI, and CRI

  • Familiarity with the CNCF and the tooling across the ecosystem

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.