Cleared Federal Systems Engineer - Northern VA or Columbia, MD
DataDirect Networks, Inc. - Washington, DC

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DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

We are currently seeking a Cleared Federal Systems Engineer - Northern VA or Columbia, MD

Responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to:

The candidate must possess a current/active TS/SCI security clearance.
The DDN Federal team requires a senior systems engineering candidate to perform pre-sales work.
Technical support to sales reps, design solutions and proposals to meet customer defined specifications, help customers to define solution specifications, provide POC and benchmark support, provide written reports to management on status and issues with business sector, provide installation and training to customers on DDN solutions when required.
Designing services and product offering in support of building DDNs Services offerings. New Hire performs Pre-Sales work supporting team as well as Professional Service work.
Pre-sales activity supporting Federal agencies.
Assist in closing new business opportunities by gaining a thorough technical and business understanding of clients' needs and helping sales qualify, identify, and close new opportunities.
Understand the Federal and partner sales process and how to utilize company resources to close accounts.
Participate in customer-focused seminars, trade shows, events, and training.
Provide RFP responses, technical drawings, presentations, and recommendations.
Acquire and maintain a thorough technical and procedural understanding of DDN Sales cycles, products/services and a thorough technical understanding of like industries.
Develop a substantial knowledge of the company's SAN appliances product line.
Develop innovative solutions to customers' business needs.
Installation status reports.
Assist DataDirect sales representatives in qualifying potential customer deals.
Creation of Bill of Materials, (BOMS), of proposed customer solutions’ for submission to Inside Sales for quoting.
Weekly status report of activities to manager.
Ability to manage customer relationship post-sale, including strategy to close repeat business.
Build and implement professional services solutions around DDN product offerings.
Expand professional services offerings outside of DDN product offerings, helping to develop products, process and procedures to facilitate engagements.
Create blue print solutions for implementation within the DDN sales offerings.
Mentoring of junior SE's.

Qualifications for this role are:
Great people and presentation skills. Senior-level knowledge of the storage industry and solutions is mandatory.
5-7 minimum years work experience within the storage/file system industry required, Federal experience strongly preferred.
5-7 minimum years experience in operating systems debugging Linux and Windows environments.
RHEL, SUSE, Windows, NFS, CIFS, file system architectures.
Scripting (Shell), C++, Java, Perl is not mandatory but helpful.
Strong knowledge in file system deployment and concepts: XFS, ZFS, EXT3/4.
Desired experience in clustering packages, SNFS, GPFS, Red Hat Clustering, Lustre.
5-7 years experience in SAN and NAS RAID Appliance is required.
BS or work equivalent in Computer Information Systems.
Deep knowledge of networking concepts is required; NAS protocol levels (CIFS, NFS, SMB, etc...) and ability to integrate and trouble shoot at all layers of OSI model. Specifically the Network and Data link layers as well as Session and Application.
Ability to Multitask and develop innovative solutions for client needs. Requires the ability to listen, understand and articulate the customer's needs and how to solve it.
Dynamic team leader. The ability to form and lead teams is a requirement.
Ability to travel and work the necessary hours required to ensure customer and DDN success.

DDN has a strong orientation towards these 4 characteristics and any successful employee will demonstrate these capabilities:
Self Starter – A pro-active orientation and the ability to operate independently to achieve goals.
Success/Achievement Orientation – Ability to thrive in the face of adversity, drive to overcome all obstacles to reach goals.
Leveraging Relationships – Orientation to leverage all relationships (internally and externally) to maximize personal and DDN successes.
Problem Solving – Ability to understand a situation and to identify the best route to satisfy all concerned parties and enhance DDN’s brand.

DDN takes pride in developing and promoting talent as an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. By fostering a diverse business environment, DDN welcomes opportunities to learn from each other, our customers, investors, suppliers, and business partners.

Thank you for your interest in joining DDN!

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