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Chief Systems Architect Lead


Systems Architect


Columbia, Maryland, United States


Looking for a rewarding career challenge?

Unleash your potential at Leidos! We deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customer’s success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainably. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business. With Leidos, you will enjoy competitive benefits such as four or more weeks of Paid Time Off, Holiday Pay, Flexible Schedules, Discounted Stock Purchase Plans, Unlimited Education and Training Support, Parental Paid Leave, and more!

If this sounds like an environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

Are you ready to join an incredible technical team working on cutting-edge technologies? Awarded in 2023, our massive, multi-year Leidos-led prime contract provides technical, integration, and operational support for the Intelligence Community. This prime contract is critical to the government and allows team members to work independently and explore new and emerging technologies. If you're passionate about solving tough problems with true mission relevance, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for!

Join our team as a Chief Architect/Systems Engineer at our Leidos site in Columbia, MD! As our Chief Architect you will be responsible for a cohesive architectural approach across multiple mission areas operating in a Large-Small Mission Focused Team (LSFMT) construct. Working directly for the LSMFT Program Manager, as the Chief Architect you will lead a small team of lead systems engineers and subject matter experts across 5 prime contracts to identify cross-mission synergies, develop optimized frameworks, and integrate technical efforts across missions.

This is an opportunity to showcase your skills and grow with a dynamic team that values innovation, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence. If you are passionate about systems engineering and architecture and want to be part of an organization that values your contributions, we want to hear from you. Apply today!

Your Primary Responsibilities to the Mission

  • Facilitate the transformation from mission silos to a unified architecture, tools, and processes
  • Maintain cross-mission situational awareness to identify opportunities to eliminate redundancies; identifies cross-mission synergies
  • Maintain alignment with the mission architectural roadmap, applies standardized best practices, leads hardware (HW) and software (SW) architecture baseline activities, guides development and implementation, drives innovation and change, facilitates integration with the larger customer enterprise
  • Develop optimized frameworks; integrates technical efforts across missions; collaborates across the team and customer enterprise to stay aligned with mission vision; facilitates corporate reach-back across all primes to drive innovation into mission; maintains process baseline and tailoring guidance
  • Maintain and foster vendor relationships
  • Chair the Technical Excellence Committee (TEC) which consists of the lead systems engineers (LSEs) and subject matter experts (SMEs) from the five prime contracts in the LSMFT.

What Sets You Apart (required):

  • You must possess an active TS/SCI with Polygraph security clearance to be considered for this role.
  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Four years of additional relevant experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 15 years of technical experience to include systems development supporting programs for DOD or IC customers.

You Might Also Have (desired):

  • Domain specific experience in the applicable customer mission space is highly desired.



Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $144,300.00 - $260,850.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.