Chief Software Engineer (644884)

  • 02/19/2018

Job Description


Leidos has a career opportunity for a talented Chief Software Engineer in Abingdon, MD to support a critical modernization effort of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) in order to satisfy the vision of Program Executive Office (PEO) Command Control Communications - Tactical (C3T) and Project Manager Mission Command.

Responsible for managing the software development lifecycle, including the planning, design, development, troubleshooting, debugging, and release of high quality, enterprise software products that meet or exceed all requirements and specifications. Duties include software requirements analysis, software architecture and design, java programming, code review, configuration and maintenance of development operations tools and infrastructure. Responsible for managing large team of geographically distributed software engineers, providing mentorship to junior staff. Directs and oversees the Agile software development process according to program plans and industry best practices. Provides personnel management for technical program staff. Performs cost account management to ensure resources and schedules are aligned to meet program objectives.

The AFATDS is a multi-service, automated command, coordination, communication, and computing system that provides automated fire support and coordination to all echelons, from firing unit through theater level, at Army, Marine Corps, Naval Firing Platforms, Navy Command and Amphibious Assault Ships, Air Force Operations Centers, and Joint Command and Control Centers. AFATDS enables the automatic application of the Force Commander’s guidance in the Fires Warfighting Function to plan, execute, and deliver effects at all levels of command within the current and future force. AFATDS can automatically tailor the selection of fire support assets (field artillery, mortars, close air support, naval gunfire, attack helicopters, and offensive electronic warfare assets) based on the Commander’s guidance, thereby enabling maximum effective use of all available fire support assets across the full spectrum of conflict.

This effort is to meet the government’s objective to modernize the underlying AFATDS architecture, redesign the AFATDS front-end to a fully web- and role-based user interface, integrate common services made available through the Army’s Common Operating Environment (COE), and incorporate advanced embedded training technologies to aid in operator-initiated system instruction and refresher training.


•Manage multiple sprint teams across multiple geographic areas

•Collect and maintain velocity, burndown, and other agile metrics to measure team performance

•Maintain software quality within acceptable defect rates and ensure timely defect resolution

•Ensure adherence to all Army standards, Leidos policies, and software development best practices

•Provide the program manager with timely metrics to gauge progress towards objectives

•Create system development cost estimates, budgets, and schedules

•Prepare and present project milestone reviews to senior management and customers

•Recruit and retain professional software engineering staff within budget

•Lead the software IPT to design, develop, troubleshoot, and debug mission critical software source code using modern software development languages and tools, such as java

•Apply and enhance the software development processes and methodology in a mixed waterfall and agile program environment

•Use development operations, collaboration and source control tools including Jira, Confluence, Nexus, and Git

•Support complete and accurate technical system documentation and specifications across the program lifecycle

•Identify potential roadblocks and methods to remove them

•Plan and estimate development tasks and work to improve performance metrics

•Implement software coding standards and ensure all code developed is maintainable and matches specifications

•Lead design reviews, sprint planning, release planning, demonstrations and retrospectives

•Lead unit testing of code, including manipulation of data for analysis of system requirements

•Manage software defect resolution during all phases of the software development lifecycle

•Other duties as required



•BS degree and minimum of 12 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with minimum of 10 years of prior relevant experience. May possess a Doctorate in technical domain. May substitute BS degree for 4 additional years of relevant experience.

•Cost account management experience

•Software development leadership experience over a sizeable team

•Experience working in a geographically dispersed environment

•Agile Software development experience

•Experience with development operations tools, such as Jira, Confluence, Nexus, and Git

•Experience in Java/Java EE architecture and programming

•Experience with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and REST based web service technologies, including WSDL, JAXWS,


•Experience with Objected Oriented Analysis, Design and Programming

•Experience designing and building web services, including REST-based services

•Experience developing applications using network sockets

•Experience serializing data structures using JSON or XML for communication with web clients

•Experience using JavaScript libraries such as NodeJS or AngularJS to produce HTML5 UIs

•Experience using pub/sub message queues

•Experience using and configuring Eclipse-based Java IDE

•Hardware virtualization (cloud) experience

•Experience with automated unit test and test driven development concepts, tools, and languages

•Ability to multi-task, self-assign work, and function in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

•Good verbal and written skills

•Proficiency with MS Office Products (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, amp; Project)

•Ability to obtain a DoD SECRET security clearance

•US Citizenship is required


•Experience with Android development

•Experience using Docker or other Virtual Container deployment products

•Experience with WindRiver Linux

•Experience with 0MQ message bus

•Big Data management experience using Hadoop, Accumulo or other big data NoSQL management platform

•Experience managing and configuring Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2, EBS, S3, and other services

•Experience with AFATDS, Army Common Operating Environment (COE) or other PM MC systems

•Currently possess an active DoD SECRET security clearance


Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems Global Solutions business (IS GS). For more information, visit The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer. JBLeidos ICJBMeta