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Who we are:

Raft (https://TeamRaft.com) is a customer-obsessed non-traditional small business with a purposeful focus on Distributed Data Systems, Platforms at Scale, and Complex Application Development, with headquarters in Reston, VA. Our range of clients include innovative federal and public agencies leveraging design thinking, cutting edge tech stack, and cloud native ecosystem. We build digital solutions that impact the lives of millions of Americans.

We’re looking for an experienced Principal Cloud Architect to support our customer and join our passionate team of high-impact problem solvers. 

About the role:

The Principal Cloud Architect will work cross-functionally to help our customer design, plan, implement, and guide enterprise strategies. In this role, you will be a technical advisor who will help to lead and direct the execution of the cloud strategy by combining expertise and business insights. You will also be asked to apply critical thinking in hands-on coding to solve complex problems. You will partner with other teams to drive strategic initiatives for solutions. This position will be remote, but may require travel to Langley or Boston occasionally.

What we are looking for:

  • Extensive hands-on experience in software engineering; specifically experience in scripting via Python
  • Extensive experience in building declarative Infrastructure as Code (IaC), preferably via Terraform
  • Critical thinking; the ability to research complex problems with all available information to make informed assessments
  • Experience developing containerized services deployed in production on orchestration platforms like Kubernetes, Docker, Mesos, etc
  • Experience w/ version control systems like Git, Subversion, Mercurial
  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent technical degree/ industry experience
  • Obtain Security + within the first 90 days of employment

Highly preferred:

  • Experience with GovCloud or AWS networking expertise
  • Experience with Hashicorp Vault
  • Experience with Immutable Infrastructure
  • Experience with Gitlab, Gitlab CI, and CI/CD systems
  • Experience in brownfield environments
  • Comfort with Test Driven Development (TDD) process

Clearance Requirements:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

Work Type:

  • Remote

What we will offer you:  

  • Highly competitive salary 
  • Fully covered healthcare, dental, and vision coverage 
  • 401(k) and company match 
  • Unlimited PTO + 11 paid holidays 
  • Education & training benefits 
  • Annual budget for your tech/gadgets needs 
  • Monthly box of yummy snacks to eat while doing meaningful work 
  • Team off-site in fun places! 
  • Generous Referral Bonuses 
  • And More!

Our Vision Statement:  

We bridge the gap between humans and data through radical transparency and our obsession with the mission.

Our Customer Obsession:

We will approach every deliverable like it's a product. We will adopt a customer-obsessed mentality. As we grow, and our footprint becomes larger, teams and employees will treat each other not only as teammates but customers. We must live the customer-obsessed mindset, always. This will help us scale and it will translate to the interactions that our Rafters have with their clients and other product teams that they integrate with. Our culture will enable our success and set us apart from other companies.

How do we get there?

Public-sector modernization is critical for us to live in a better world. We, at Raft, want to innovate and solve complex problems. And, if we are successful, our generation and the ones that follow us will live in a delightful, efficient, and accessible world where out-of-box thinking, and collaboration is a norm.

Raft’s core philosophy is Ubuntu: I Am, Because We are. We support our “nadi” by elevating the other Rafters. We work as a hyper collaborative team where each team member brings a unique perspective, adding value that did not exist before. People make Raft special. We celebrate each other and our cognitive and cultural diversity. We are devoted to our practice of innovation and collaboration.

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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