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Cisco Data Center Principal Architect at CDW Careers

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Delivery Engineering
Date Posted 
Apr 14, 2022
Crofton, Maryland
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Sirius Federal, LLC is a CDW company. We share common values as a performance-driven, customer-focused culture. CDW is a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to business, government, education, and healthcare customers across the globe. 

Sirius Federal, LLC is looking for a Cisco Data Center Principal Architect, with a current Top-Secret security clearance, to work remote with travel to customers sites. 

The qualified candidate will be a subject matter expert with architect level experience that will include Cisco traditional and software defined networking, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), compute utilizing Cisco UCS as well as Virtualization applications.  A Sirius Federal Principal Architect will possess a high level of professional consulting acumen and the readiness to collaborate within a team. They must thrive on success, inspire others, and drive towards 100% customer success

As a Sirius Federal Principal Architect, you will function as the lead technical resource of the post-sales network engineering delivery team. Your role will include delivering successful solutions to our federal customers, providing thought leadership for the internal technical teams, as well as driving technical direction within both pre and post sales engineering. The Principal Architect plays a key role in helping to define the technical direction and advanced solutions our teams go to market with.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Thought leadership for the post sales engineering team with an emphasis on advanced technical design and cross-domain architectures and solutions
  • Post-sales design and delivery of advanced technology solutions
  • Assisting our pre-sales engineering teams by providing technical influence, design consultation and recommended best practices
  • Staying informed on the latest industry trends and solution capabilities
  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of Cisco validated designs and industry best practices
  • Working within our integration lab environment to stage customer equipment for in-flight projects
  • Designing and building leading edge proof-of-concept/value (POC/POVs)
  • Researching new technologies with the goal of helping the post-sales team to learn and deploy in the future
  • Providing mentorship to the team as the lead technical resource
  • The aptitude to support multiple ongoing projects while collaborating with your team to prioritize key tasks and milestones
  • Maintain and create documentation templates including Design and AS-Built documentation
  • Travel onsite to customer locations as needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • A current Top-Secret clearance is required, SCI eligibility preferred
  • CCIE Required
  • DOD 8570 IAT Level II+ required
  • Four-year BS in Computer Science or related field, preferred or 8 year’s equivalent work experience
  • Being able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal is key!
  • Motivated by challenges and has a strong sense of commitment to customer satisfaction
  • Detail-oriented and organized with an inquisitive nature that is open to learning from all sources

Other Position Requirements:

  • Travel requirements 40%
  • Ability to work weekends and/or off hours as necessary to meet clients' needs
  • Physically able to push, pull or lift up to 50 pounds of equipment
  • Natural Attention to Detail!
  • Ability to work well in a team as well as individually
  • Ability to foster strong relationships at all levels

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Subject Matter Expert in the following categories: Traditional and software defined networking, Catalyst and Nexus platforms, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), APIC Controllers, Cisco UCS, VMWare, vSphere, vCenter, VDI, HCI, NSX, Fiber Channel Switches, P2V conversions, V2V conversions, vCenter Ops Manager, etc.
  • Minimum 7+ years direct applicable consulting experience
  • Proven success designing and implementing enterprise networks including experience with DoD SIPR and NIPR
  • Knowledge with scripting and automation leveraging Ansible, Python, Rest API’s, JSON, Terraform and other scripting capabilities is strongly desired
  • Strong understanding of delivering all technology in a secure manor to include ability to deliver Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs)

The position exists to provide presales technical consulting solutions to customers and as such requires the ability to travel to and from customer sites and interact with customers on an ongoing and regular basis. 

The above primary duties, responsibilities, and position requirements are not all inclusive.

Serving federal agencies since 1991, Sirius Federal has a wealth of knowledge and resources to offer best practice solutions that achieve optimal outcomes and meet compliance guidelines. Together with our parent company Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc., we offer a comprehensive range of solutions backed by an expert team of engineers and the highest levels of partnership with leading manufacturers. From design to deployment, support, and maintenance, our technology solutions and services are designed with a constant focus on supporting our customers’ missions. We prioritize your success – and we do not succeed unless you do.

Sirius Federal is a Cisco Gold Partner, Dell Technologies Platinum Level, F5 Platinum Partner, IBM Platinum Business Partner, NetApp Star Partner, Nutanix Master Partner, Palo Alto Networks Diamond Partner, Splunk Elite Partner, Tenable Platinum Partner, VMware Premier Partner, and Pure Storage Elite Partner.

Sirius Federal is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. As a government contractor, Sirius Federal takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans; maintains a drug-free workplace; and participates in E-Verify.

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