Solutions Architect - Proposals (REMOTE - WORK FROM HOME)

Sierra 7 Falls Church, VA, USA

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Sierra7, Inc. is seeking energetic individuals to join our organization supporting our government IT services. The Solution Architect is responsible for developing comprehensive technical architecture, design and blueprint of the IT solutions for the Federal programs supported by Sierra7. They will apply industry best practices and federal architecture standards along with proven solutions that combine Agile, Cloud and Mobile technologies to develop tailored solutions during all stages of proposal development. This individual is expected to apply analytical, problem-solving and communication skills to find and present technology solutions aligned to deliver winning proposals to Federal Health and DoD markets.

The Solution Architect will work closely with the Chief Engineer, Partners, Proposal/Capture Managers and the Operations division to shape Sierra7 as an innovator and high-quality solution provider to Federal agencies. Drive new business growth and customer success by providing technical/business solution expertise. Applying the Shipley proposal process, the Solutions Architect will own the technical volume, level of effort estimations, overall solutions design, and hand off to service delivery from cradle to grave. At Sierra7, the solutions architect will assertively step into any situation and accept any challenge necessary for a successful proposal submission including: leading brainstorming sessions, providing technical reviews, designing concepts for graphics, technical research, solutions design, and proposal content authoring.

This job posting will fulfill Solutions Architect positions at both mid-level and senior-level as described below.

This position can be fulfilled from any US location and is 100% remote for the duration of employment. Some travel may be required to our corporate offices or for client/site visits.

Successful candidates will submit a resume listing relevant experience, skills, training, education, certifications, and any awards/accolades. One-page resumes are not encouraged. Approach your resume just as you would a winning proposal, with a five-page limit.

Successful candidates will be prepared to outline specific examples of past success on proposal efforts, and may be asked to provide a writing sample during the screening process as determined by the hiring manager.

Position Responsibilities:

· Architect and design innovative and cost-effective technical solutions that meet and exceed customer requirements

· Design approaches that optimize enterprise architecture across customer needs, business constraints, and technological realities

· Provide technical leadership and consulting level support on industry trends and standards on business and technical solutions

· Provide facilitation for collaborative calls with teaming partners and internal staff

· Collect and process strategic plans, goals and objectives of VA, DoD and other Federal agencies to proactively develop technology solutions that produce winning proposals

· Develop technical roadmaps for future implementations and perform systems modeling, simulation, and analysis to ensure the soundness of the solution

· Present technology solutions to Sierra7 leadership, Federal customers, and Federal CIOs

· Collaborate with Business Development and Capture teams, assuming the technical lead of the entire business development cycle including pre-sales, capture, and proposal

· Create technical solutions for proposals and manage technical response development by partnering with contributors from various teams including partners using virtual communications tools (MS Teams, SharePoint, Office 365, and others)

· Responsible for developing technical proposal with corporate processes and methodologies, demonstrating an understanding of customer business needs, clear description of the technical solution being offered, and development of the Level of Effort (staffing plan)

· Evaluate the technical response for accuracy, cohesiveness, compliance, and ensure it conveys a compelling solution

· Providing consulting, delivery, and operational support and expertise Sierra7 projects

· Support the start-up and delivery of won proposals by assisting in job interviews, delivering work assignments, and briefing executive leadership

· Represent Sierra7 as technology solutions expert at industry day events, customer engagements, Federal technology forums and IT modernization initiatives

· Performing engineering duties on current contracts as a subject matter expert and help Sierra7 adopt new technologies or meet complex contract deliverables

Required Skills and Experience:

· Mid-level Solutions Architect applicants must demonstrate 2+ years increasing levels of experience in solutions engineering focusing on some combination of DevOps/DevSecOps, SDLC, Agile, SAFe, Cloud and Mobile technologies and processes

· Senior-level Solutions Architect applicants must demonstrate 5+ years increasing levels of experience in: solutions engineering focusing on some combination of DevOps/DevSecOps, SDLC, Agile, SAFe, Cloud and Mobile technologies and processes; enterprise SDLCs and advanced service delivery methods; ability to coach and mentor junior staff across a broad domain of technical and business subjects

· In-depth business and technical knowledge of technology trends and standards in government IT

· Knowledge of systems development methodologies, techniques, standards and best practices.

· Hands-on experience with all phases of the software/systems development lifecycle, and supporting tools and frameworks (Agile, Scrum/Kanban/SAFe)

· Hands-on experience developing architecture diagrams, road maps and system design for proposals

· Experience developing specifications, business/application/data/interface architecture documents and design documents.

· Agile/Scrum experience with peer-to-peer development and test-driven development

· Understanding of change/configuration/release management principles

· Capable of working and supporting Assessment and Authorization (A&A) and Authority to Operate (ATO)

· Knowledge on ISO, CMMI, ITIL, PMBoK, TOGAF, DODAF, FedRAMP and ATO standards and processes

· Knowledge of systems engineering principles, methods, and techniques along with the associated hardware, software, and database

· Must have strong oral and written communications skills including the ability to take part in persuasive discourse with peers, capture, pricing, executive leadership, and vendors

· Experience and ability to produce compelling documentation of solutions that are easily understood by non-technical reviewers

· Capable of developing level of efforts (staffing) associated with proposed solutions

· Willingness to support peers and jump in where needed in operation projects to assist in recovery and stabilization of program when required

· Proven experience building meaningful and productive relationships with senior managers, peers, and customers.

· Prior experience supporting Federal agencies including but not limited to CMS, DHA, DHS, VA, HHS, and NIH


· Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or related technical discipline

· Professional trainings/certifications (AWS/Microsoft/Cyber Security/Agile/DevOps) strongly desired

· Other preferred professional trainings/certifications include: PMP, Scrum Master, ITIL v3/4, Lean 6 Sigma

· Public Trust Clearance or the ability to obtain one

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate skills commiserate with experience level (mid or senior):

· Experience and knowledge related to large federal IT contracts (over $10M TCV), with emphasis on Healthcare IT

· Technical/proposal writing and editing skills using Shipley (Color Teams) process

· Advanced MS Word skills, including use of templates, styles, tables, and layouts

· Understanding of federal acquisitions vehicles and processes

· Understanding of cloud-based solutions and architectures

· Strong (expert level with certification) background in at least one specialty area: software development, cyber security, enterprise architecture, cloud solutions, hardware (network equipment, IoT, telecoms, etc.), enterprise PMO

· Knowledge of emergent/innovative solutions in any of the following areas: Robotic Process Automation, Workflow Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, DevOps tools automation, Test Automation, Image Analysis, Auto-scaling Cloud Computing Architectures, Block Chain, Low-code/No-code solutions, Mirrored World BI, etc.

· Expert verbal and written communications skills with the ability to translate complex technical concepts into easy to read and compelling prose (a compelling narrative with a unified storyline, use of writing patterns, creating voice, use of readability standards, use of proper grammar, and applying persuasive writing techniques).

· Knowledge of Human Centered Design practices, Research Methods, and User Experience practices

· Experience with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (our primary customer)

Duty Location and Hours:

Onsite and/or Remote, Eastern Standard Time zone, Full Time


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans Disabled

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