Buchanan & Edwards

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    Growth requires a strong foundation, and at Buchanan & Edwards, our people are our strength.

    They are the foundation for building the next generation of innovative IT solutions, revolutionizing the industry, and solving the nation’s most critical challenges. 

    Let Buchanan & Edwards help you unleash your potential and reach your goals.


    Are you up for the challenge?

    Buchanan & Edwards is seeking a talented Senior System Architect to support a mission critical program at the Foreign Service Institute, in Washington D.C.


    Build your career

    A challenging and dynamic work environment isn’t all that BE has to offer. When you join BE, you become an integral part of our team. Not just an employee number, but a valued opinion with a voice that carries and drives change and innovation. You’ll have access to some of the most well-respected IT industry leaders in virtually every field and learn new tools and techniques while expanding your knowledge and skillset. We’re dedicated to helping you develop your career, and our culture applauds outside-the-box thinking and initiative. Our employee-focused leadership team knows that your success is our success and empowers employees with the necessary tools to excel. Join us as we continue to move the future forward, together.




    Position Requirements

    • Develop technical roadmaps for future implementations, integrations and redesigns. Prepare and provide software-related technical documentation.
    • Define, evaluate, review, plan, and implement solutions, engineering applications and data structures; efficient data access designs and formats. Adapting to changing business needs, provide accurate and consistent data, implementing organizational data sharing while maintaining affordable costs.
    • Perform feasibility analysis on potential future projects to management.
    • Identify problems and recommend solutions using evidence-based, data driven analysis. Produce estimates and lead the execution of approved work streams and tasks.
    • Document systems, SOPs and best practices for software developers, QA, DB Admins and other engineers.
    • Collaborate, guide and mentor other programmers and team members to design and implement features
    • Act as team leader on project.  
    • Instruct, assign, direct, and check the work of other software developers on development team.  
    • Facilitate change control, problem management, and communication among programmers and analysts.



    The minimum experience and education requirements for this position are due to the complexity, at the program level, of the tasks at hand. This senior level position will be instrumental in designing, updating and maintaining mission critical systems. This position will provide guidance and support to all technical positions including system architects, developers and database administrators.

    • MS degree in Computer Science, Information Sciences, Cyber Security or related IT discipline.
    • Allowable Substitution: BS or BA degree and an additional ten (10) years of professional experience related to the specific position can be substituted for an MS or MA degree.
    • The most recent 10 years’ experience must demonstrate work as System Architect; designing and implementing in- formation systems involving hardware, software, database storage, and network platforms including cloud.
    • A minimum of 15 (fifteen) years related in the Software Development field.
    • Evaluate applications already in place. Create diagrams representing current application designs, data architecture and flows. Evaluate cloud applications, platforms, infrastructures and standards in order to align with current and future business strategies. Evaluate and recommend COTS, Cloud or GOTS, application software packages.
    • Must be able to envision solutions to complex problems and be able to explain and demo them to technical and non- technical audiences.
    • Implement maintain and update application source control, software build, versioning and deployment utilizing latest Team Foundation Server while utilizing best practices.
    • Implement different authentication methods, such as Single Sign-On via Active Directory, two-factor authentication, ADFS, SAML and OAuth 2.0.
    • Expert knowledge on monitoring and improving system performance including tuning, application profiling, code scanning tools and able to facilitate code reviews.
    • Expert knowledge of Relational Databases and creating stored procedures. Able to produce ERD with normalized data structures. Ability to develop, troubleshoot, and deploy database T-SQL scripts.
    • Expert with TFS and source control in a team environment. Create/Modify Build definitions on Team Foundation.

    Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. (BE) is an Information Technology and Professional Services consulting firm located in Arlington, VA. BE is a diversified high-technology services company, providing government, commercial and nonprofit agencies technology solutions and organizational management services to ensure mission success. Serving the federal sector since 1998, we base our solutions on an in-depth understanding of our clients, their mission and the unique challenges they face. BE is the winner of the 2015 Microsoft U.S. Federal Solution Partner of the Year award, a 2015 and 2016 Washington Post Top Workplace and has been an Inc. 500/5000 awardee for six consecutive years. 

    Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. is dedicated to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are committed to crafting a workplace that endorses creativity and innovation, and promotes engagement through open communication, acceptance of new people and ideas, and a supportive team dynamic. Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. is an equal Opportunity Employer –Minorities / Women / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation. Buchanan & Edwards is an E-Verify employer.





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