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Solutions Architect

Job ID 6970
Job Location Washington - DC
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

The Solutions Architect supports the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) by identifying design requirements and proposing solutions for client needs that are highly technical or specialized in nature. This position provides technical consulting support as well as advance technical design and specifications, planning process assistance, and proposal support.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Proactively scopes and defines technical solutions that addresses customer requirements.


Assesses customers’ met and unmet needs and recommends creative solutions that optimize value for the customer.


Identifies benefits that provide innovative approaches by taking advantage of new technologies and processes that reduce time, money and effort.


Collaborates with business development, engineering, product and professional services resources to ensure proposed deals include technical solutions. Ensures solutions accurately address customer needs, and are appropriately supported by key customer technical decision makers.


Assists with writing proposals for technical solutions and provides technical advice internally and externally. 


Makes well-thought-out decisions on complex or ambiguous IT architecture issues.


Coordinates with users to determine requirements.


Assists with writing, updating and editing technical documents. 


Evaluates technical trends and provides recommendations for technology and architecture to meet business objectives.


Performs research on emerging technologies to support proof-of-concept (POC) capabilities and identify future solutions for the organization.


Thinks strategically about business and creates technical solutions around customer objectives in complex situations.

Develops solution strategies, motivates and mobilizes resources and delivers results.


Leads and/or supports technical teams in implementing identified solutions.


Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.



Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum ten (10) years of experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Professional experience related to infrastructure architecture, database architecture, networking, operating solutions and deployment processes. Technology or software consulting experience in both solution implementation as well as solution architecture design preferred. Experience with government procurement preferred.





Knowledge of federal government application, server, and network security requirements such as ICD 503, FISMA and FedRAMP and Oracle Federal Financial

Experience with the following programming languages: Java, BeanShell/JavaScript, JSP/Servlets, SQL

Experience with the following web technologies: XML, SPML/SOAP, Web and Application Servers, HTML

Experience setting up and installing software on both Windows and Unix (Linux, Sun, HP, AIX) platforms

Experience with Databases (Oracle, Sybase, MSSQL, MySQL)


Experience with Directories (LDAP, AD)

Experience with enterprise systems (SAP, PeopleSoft) a plus

Familiarity with identity management provisioning systems (Sun, Oracle, IBM, Novell) a plus


Familiarity with multiple languages, including C++, Java, Python


Experience in federal consulting, including building relationships and explaining recommendations to senior clients


Experience with Procurement, Financial and Human Resources system support for government agencies a plus


Knowledgeable in the analysis of business and user needs, documentation of requirements, and translation into proper system requirement specifications


Advanced knowledge and understanding of IT architecture principles, practices and procedures with ability to design, develop and implement infrastructure


Advanced proficiency in assessing operational risks as to cause and effect on profitability


Exceptional knowledge and understanding of computer hardware, systems software, software development, systems architecture and integration


Excellent customer service skills with ability to collaborate and drive consensus across a diverse group of customers with conflicting priorities


Ability to construct, tailor and negotiate complex solutions for customers


Detail-oriented with advanced analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills


Exceptional organization skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities


Excellent verbal and written communications skills with ability to organize, document, present and explain information


Ability to clearly and concisely communicate / explain technical information to a broad range of people with varying levels of technical expertise


Proficiency in document development with ability to implement a high degree of professional judgment and a clear understanding of the information to be communicated


Ability to coordinate efforts with others for the timely and successful completion of projects and deliverables


Ability to work well both individually and in a cross-functional team environment



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.