Software Engineer

Job Title
Software Engineer
Job ID
Herndon,  VA
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Software Engineer
Herndon, VA

@Orchard LLC has been retained by a true innovator within the Intelligence and Defense community, committed to putting the well-being of their employees at a similar level of importance as their focus on client mission. We are supporting their search for a skilled Software Engineer to work as part of a multi-faceted agile software development team to build and maintain software applications backed by a self-managed cloud infrastructure with a true big-data footprint (3 trillion records and 14 PB of data). 

Active Top Secret clearance with an ability to obtain SCI access and willingness to obtain CI Polygraph
US Citizenship required

As a Software Engineer you will: 

  • Design and build an application with modern technologies, intuitive user-interfaces and scalable data processing architectures using HTML5 and open-source software
  • Manage, optimize, and improve the product
  • Rapidly prototype new methods for processing and exploiting data
  • Support the infrastructure platform team in high performance computing environment
  • Research and communicate state-of-art methods from industry, academia, and government

Software Engineer Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge in Python, Java, Javascript, or similar programming language. 
  • Working knowledge of agile software development practices and tools, such as GitLab 
  • Working knowledge of containerization (Docker, Podman) and container orchestration (Kubernetes, Nomad, etc).  
  • Working knowledge of Linux operating systems (navigating the filesystem, common management commands, etc)  
  • Exposure to building and supporting solutions in a cloud like environment (such as OpenStack).   
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering or a related field (4 additional years of experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree. A Master's degree may count as an additional 2 years of experience.).  
  • 5+ years demonstrated experience with programming, design, and/or development.  

Additional Skills We’d Like to See:

  • Experience deploying, maintaining, and utilizing an Elasticsearch cluster.  
  • Experience with Spark, Hadoop (HDFS, YARN), Python web frameworks (Django, FastAPI, etc)  
  • Experience with ORM software (Django, SQLAlchemy, Hibernate, etc)  
  • Experience with front-end development using React, Angular, or other JS framework.  
  • Understanding of TCP/IP networking and working knowledge of remote system workflows (SSH, port forwarding, server/client architecture, etc) 
  • API Rest Framework development/maintenance.   
  • Experience with provision and configuration management tools such as Ansible, Terraform, or similar.   
  • Working knowledge of agile software development practices and tools, such as GitLab  
  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills. 
Established in 2010, @Orchard LLC, also known as, Talent Orchard has an exceptional reputation, providing staffing solutions to time-sensitive, talent scarcity issues to deliver better talent management ROI.  Our specialty lies in the critical area of program talent acquisition and resource management, not in one narrow skillset, but across many areas of technical and functional delivery. To learn more about our other exciting opportunities, visit our Jobs Page at

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