Principal Engineer - Federal

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Date: Apr 13, 2018

Location: Fayetteville, NC, US, 30214

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.


Job Summary

In support of the Enterprise Machine Learning Analytics and Persistent Services (eMAPS) US Government Program, the Principal Engineer (Chief Technologist Lead) will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the project that involves engineering development, architecture, integration and interface design analysis, installation, integration, fielding and field analysis, operations, maintenance, and testing of hardware and software.

Principal Engineer will perform a variety of network engineering tasks and activities concerned with major systems design, integration, and implementation, and shall often be called on to troubleshoot unique or complex problems.  Responsible for maintaining a high level of performance for technical and engineering quality through technical planning, leading, organizing, and motivating teams of contractors and subcontractors.

Job Description


  • Ensure technical planning, leading, organizing, and motivating of teams of contractors and subcontractors are being achieved to a high level of performance, technical, and engineering quality
  • Responsible for researching, cost-justifying, recommending, and establishing current and future hardware and software architectures for all aspects of IT, from networks to operating systems and shared software services
  • Support system-level design and configuration of products including determination of hardware, operating system, and other platform specifications to meet project requirements while maintaining interoperability with existing sponsor network(s)
  • Experience and knowledge of Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Alternate Operating Locations (AOL)
  • Experience in collaborating with counterparts in other DOD and governmental organizations and at senior levels, where customers and mission areas supported
  • Minimum of ten years of experience managing complex projects of a similar scope and complexity encompassing machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile IT, cloud computing, IoT, biometrics, virtual networking, software application integration, big data, cyber security technologies, ecosystems, and architecture
  • Minimum of six years of experience leading a team utilizing Agile Software Development methodologies to successfully integrate Mission Command and Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination web services that have been certified and accredited following the Government’s RMF
  • Ten years of experience supporting operations centers supporting 15,000 or more customers and integrating service providers for a blend of basic and premier customers
  • Six years of experience and extensive knowledge of Federal, DoD, and agency regulations, standards, guidelines, and framework applicable to communication activities and DOD acquisition
  • Ten years of experience designing local, regional, WAN, and network systems and subsystems supporting voice, video, data, and imagery information
  • Ten years working with DoD IA policy and guidelines and applying their implications on network architecture design and configuration
  • It is desired that the Principal Engineer has the following qualifications:
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification or equivalent
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification or equivalent
  • In-depth experience supporting a global IT architecture within the DOD and Special Operations Community
  • Proven skills in translating requirements into functional solutions
  • Proven skills in managing the development and implementation of new technology, to include the design, integration, migration of network infrastructure and services, maintenance and troubleshooting, and recommending enhancements
  • Cloud Certification
  • Internet Protocol Engineering Professional (IPEP)
  • Registered Communications distribution designer (RCDD)
  • Certified Telecommunications Network Specialist (CTNS)
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • Comp TIA Advance Security Practitioner (CASP)


  • CLEARANCE: Current TS/SCI eligibility at time of application; Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) or Single Scope Background Investigation Periodic Review (SSBI-PR) within the last five years that was favorably adjudicated
  • Must have 8570 certification (minimum Information Assurance Management (IAM) Level III)
  • Have no break, greater than 24 months, in military service, Federal civilian employment, or access to classified information under the Industrial Security Program
  • TRAVEL: Some local travel will be required; ~5% CONUS travel

Alternate Location: US-North Carolina-Fayetteville; US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition #: 176607

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at 

EEO Statement

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Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville
Nearest Secondary Market: Atlanta

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