Microsoft Windows Systems Engineer (SME)

in Herndon, VA

Microsoft Windows Systems Engineer (SME) Job

Job Description Job Attributes+

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  • Job Location

    Herndon, VA 20170, US

  • Job Category

    Engineering & Technology

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  • Clearance Level

    Top Secret/SCI Polygraph

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  • Travel


Job Description

BAE Systems, a top-ten prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, enables the U.S. government to transform data into intelligence and provides engineering, integration and sustainment support for critical military platforms and systems. Intelligence & Security provides services and products to the Department of Defense, the government, federal law enforcement officials, and troops deployed around the world. At BAE Systems, we promote a strong, collaborative culture and provide our employees with the tools, skills and training they need to succeed. We are all about trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in defense technologies and national security services. We offer flexible work environment to support the balance in your life and keep you performing at your best. Be a part of a company that is part of the community; driven to improve our future and protect our freedom.

Do you enjoy working on a small team in a challenging environment and working with great people? We are looking for a CapNet Windows Systems Engineer to join our team! The right candidate will perform a variety of engineering analysis, software, hardware, development, integration, testing, maintenance tasks, and support duties to integrate hardware and software products into enterprise environments and stand-alone networks that includes NetApp Storage management, Cisco UCS server management, VMWare vCenter management, and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) activities. Ensure the server and storage infrastructure is operating correctly, and adjust setting and storage capacities. Ensure all servers are functioning, and create/migrate machines. Candidate must have prior experience with server and software upgrades, and be able to create Microsoft O/S deployments. Work with information systems security engineer (ISSE) on system accreditation (A&A) efforts.

Position responsibilities include the following:

  • Have knowledge of Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System: Fabric Interconnect and Nexus network switches, Chassis comprising Server Blades, and a NetApp ONTAP Storage Array System

  • Maintain, upgrade, configure and monitor daily and weekly differential and full system backup policies and activities

  • Maintain and update VMware ESXi hosts and vSphere/vCenter v7.0+ system hosting virtual Windows servers and workstations, and Linux servers

  • Build, maintain, and upgrade Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) for use with Microsoft Windows 11 OS workstation and laptop builds, Server 2020, 2019, and 2016 builds, server and workstation security updates and patching, application deployments and software/licensing and compliance reports

  • Maintain and upgrade Microsoft Exchange 2016 email system.

  • Maintain and update Trellix ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) – including the following products: Agent, Antivirus – AMCore system, Firewall, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), McAfee Drive Encryption (MDE), and Policy Auditor

  • Maintain and upgrade Microsoft Network Domain Controllers (DCs), Active Directory (AD), Group Policy Objects (GPOs), DNS, DHCP, DFS, etc.

  • Package and deploy software applications to network and standalone laptops.

  • Maintain and update printers and print servers

  • Maintain and upgrade field site workstations, printers and network equipment including routers, switches, and cryptography devices

  • Perform continuous monitoring and update security patches and policies for Network Accreditation efforts

  • Perform workstation and server hardening/lockdowns, apply STIG GPO policies, and resolve security mitigations for ongoing Assessments and Authorization (A&A) Continuous Monitoring, and Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M)

  • Brief customer management on status of systems and security compliance

  • Engineer, support, and troubleshoot Windows 11 and later desktop operating systems, including establishing new build and deployment methods for Windows workstations

  • Review vulnerability information as reported by Rapid 7, and identify appropriate mitigations, including test and validation of related changes

  • Create processes to automate task and configuration items using PowerShell

  • Support and troubleshoot issues involving desktop application including the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Outlook, and classification management tools

  • Document all new changes introduced to the system, and keep existing documentation current.

  • Support Tier 1 and 2 personnel with general user issues including public key infrastructure, application assistance, network troubleshooting, and other user assistance items as needed


Required Education, Experience, & Skills

The right Systems Engineer will have 16 years' of relevant experience with a Bachelor's Degree, or 14 years' with a Master's. or 12 years' with a Doctorate.

  • The candidate will be expected to support the Windows platform environment with the following core Microsoft Windows platforms, services, and tools:

    • Windows 11 Desktop operating system

    • Windows 2016 and 2022 Server operating systems

    • Active Directory

    • Group Policy

    • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

    • Microsoft PowerShell scripting

  • Microsoft Server 2022, 2019, 2017, Windows 11, Exchange 2016, DNS, DFS, and DHCP

  • Server and Software upgrades

  • Familiarity with system accreditation – A&A

  • Strong troubleshooting skills

  • Strong verbal communication and written documentation skills

  • Ability to speak on technical terms with management at a level that they can understand as well as with other engineers at a higher level to ensure work is being done correctly

  • Minimal local WMA travel will be required as-needed to support the mission

  • Core Hours: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

  • Location: Herndon, VA

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Citrix Thin Client Endpoints

  • Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA)

  • Veritas NetBackup Appliance

  • Basic hardware knowledge including disk formatting and driver installation

  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

  • Windows Pre-Installation Environment (WinPE)

  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

  • Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) with O/S deployment

  • Cisco UCS Manager and KVM Manager – blade server configuration and management

  • VMWare vCenter/vSphere and ESXi

  • Trellix ePO

  • Certifications: Microsoft administration or engineering certs

Pay Information
Full-Time Salary Range: $136620 - $232210

Please note: This range is based on our market pay structures. However, individual salaries are determined by a variety of factors including, but not limited to: business considerations, local market conditions, and internal equity, as well as candidate qualifications, such as skills, education, and experience.

Employee Benefits: At BAE Systems, we support our employees in all aspects of their life, including their health and financial well-being. Regular employees scheduled to work 20+ hours per week are offered: health, dental, and vision insurance; health savings accounts; a 401(k) savings plan; disability coverage; and life and accident insurance. We also have an employee assistance program, a legal plan, and other perks including discounts on things like home, auto, and pet insurance. Our leave programs include paid time off, paid holidays, as well as other types of leave, including paid parental, military, bereavement, and any applicable federal and state sick leave. Employees may participate in the company recognition program to receive monetary or non-monetary recognition awards. Other incentives may be available based on position level and/or job specifics.
About BAE Systems Intelligence & Security BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

Intelligence & Security (I&S), based in McLean, Virginia, designs and delivers advanced defense, intelligence, and security solutions that support the important missions of our customers. Our pride and dedication shows in everything we do—from intelligence analysis, cyber operations and IT expertise to systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance services. Knowing that our work enables the U.S. military and government to recognize, manage and defeat threats inspires us to push ourselves and our technologies to new levels.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.

Additional Information

Who We Are

You're used to protecting what matters most.

Throughout your career in the military, you've been dedicated to improving security, defending freedom and making the world a safer place. Now you can continue that commitment through cyber operations, intelligence analysis, and building combat vehicles and electronic systems. We’re proud to provide solutions and services that advance the strength and security of America and our allies – and we’re honored to offer an environment where veterans and reservists can continue doing mission-centered work. In all that we do, we are guided by our company values – trusted, innovative and bold – understanding that it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that underpins our success.
+ The Organization

Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.

+ The Culture

We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance.

+ The Work

Enjoy a flexible environment that values your work-life balance and helps you perform at your best.

+ The Opportunity

On the job training, leadership programs, collaboration with leading experts – excellence is built into your career development whether you are just starting out as an apprentice or are an experienced professional.

+ The People

We’re united by trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in our field. It helps that we’re nice people too.

+ The Reward

See your contribution, making real change as breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions reshape the landscape for our customers.

What We Offer

+ Warrior Integration Program (Est. 2008)

This program was created to assist in the employment, transition, education, and development of wounded warriors. Through mentoring, partnership, education, and leadership, we vow to serve our veterans in the same manner they served our country. WIP provides mission-centered work that gives wounded warriors the opportunity to contribute, providing a path for career progression.

+ Camo to Corporate (Est. 2013)

Camo to Corporate underpins all of our military recruiting and veteran efforts. We participate in annual career workshops and partner with VA employment reps to identify opportunities for vets at BAE Systems. We’re also proud members of Joining Forces, the Veteran Jobs Mission and Hiring our Heroes - initiatives focused on helping vets and their spouses find meaningful careers.

Perks & Benefits

  • Veterans Support Network
    Veterans Support Network +-

    The mission of the Veterans Support Network is to help connect former service members, active duty members, reservists and those who are supportive of the Armed Services.

  • Health & Wellness
    Health & Wellness +-

    We offer medical plans that take great care of you and your family’s health and well-being. These include medical plans, prescription drugs, dental and vision, along with incentive programs and health saving and spending accounts.

  • Time Away From Work
    Time Away From Work +-

    Paid Time Off (PTO) provides you with paid time away from work that you can use for vacation, personal time, personal illness, or to care for dependents. You can accumulate up to a maximum of 400 PTO hours.

  • Military Leave
    Military Leave +-

    Full-time and part-time employees who serve in the military reserves are eligible to take paid and unpaid leaves of absence to perform military duty.

  • Employee Assistance Program
    Employee Assistance Program +-

    The EAP offers confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse.

  • Employee Discount Programs
    Employee Discount Programs +-

    BAE Systems partners with Beneplace to offer exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services.

  • Tuition Reimbursement
    Tuition Reimbursement +-

    Lifelong employee learning is critical to both your personal growth and that of BAE Systems as a trusted, innovative, and bold organization. That’s why we offer a tuition reimbursement program, so you can pursue advanced education to help further your career.

  • Adoption Assistance
    Adoption Assistance +-

    You can be reimbursed up to $4,000 for qualified adoption expenses through the Adoption Assistance program.

  • Financial Wellness
    Financial Wellness +-

    Plan for today, save for tomorrow. Our programs support your goals at every stage of life. These programs include 401(k) savings plans, life and accident insurance, disability coverage, home, auto, and pet insurance and legal planning.

Our Partners

G.I Jobs Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Mission Joining Forces Soldier for Life American Association of People with Disabilities

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