Kinney Group, Inc.

Principal Engineer, Splunk

US-DC-Washington DC
4 weeks ago
Job ID
IT Operations Analytics - 220
Security Clearance Level Required
Clearable - US citizenship required


The primary mission for the Principal Engineer is to be a Subject Matter Expert in their field as well an external face of the Kinney group at conferences, round tables and other industry events. This position’s specialty is IT Operations Analytics – specifically the Splunk Platform and its associated premium applications - but can span the broader product ecosystem where Kinney Group is a partner, to include storage, virtualization, networking and cloud principles.


The Duties of the Principal Engineer include but are not limited to:

  • Team Membership
    • Provide Technical leadership to the engineering organization as a mentor and Solution Architect
    • Collaborate with line management regarding personal development & training requirements
  • Technology Expertise
    • Understand the capabilities of the technologies for which they are a Subject Matter Expert
    • Understand our partners and competitor’s roadmaps and present new and interesting capabilities to Engineering leadership for inclusion in the product & service roadmap.
    • Understand how the Kinney Group and our customers can leverage these new technologies in alignment with industry trends.
    • Collaborate with Partners and Customers on product and solutions based reference architectures that match both best practices and where the technology is headed
    • Broad systems and technology expertise including demonstrable expertise in troubleshooting complex issues.
  • Understand the technologies used within our customers to identify new business opportunities within existing customers and work with Business Development to bring these opportunities to light.
  • Work with Business Development on new industry verticals to pursue, in tandem with our partners.
  • Provide solution design, technical leadership and define the scope for customer engagements.
  • Collaborate with marketing & sales teams to identify the requirements for sales & demo materials and work with engineering leadership to prioritize and deliver these capabilities
  • Collaborate with engineering leadership to develop and enhance company development and process standards and, where required, perform quality verification of other colleagues’ work products.
  • Excellent written, verbal & presentation skills required to present to internal, external and industry stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities

Desired Skills & Experience

  • 8+ years of progressive industry expertise
  • Expertise with the installation, configuration & trouble shooting splunk, its core and premium applications in a variety of customer environments.
  • Expertise in the onboarding of customer data in a wide variety of formats.
  • Expertise in the development of custom solutions solving unique customer problems on the splunk platform.
  • Senior Certification(s) as applicable for the field (CCIE / CISSP / Splunk consultant 2)
  • Virtualization: Understand and work with customers and Hypervisor vendors to optimize for Big Data Analytics workloads. Specifically, deep experience with VMware’s suite of products.
  • Storage: Understand and work with customers and storage vendors to optimize for Big Data Analytics workloads. Vendors such as NetApp, Pure Storage, Hitachi (HDS), EMC or other Tier 1 Storage
  • Server Platforms: Understand and work with customers and compute vendors to optimize platforms such as HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco UCS or equivalent.
  • Understanding of ITIL Process Tools: Service Desk, Change Management, Incident Management


Preferred Skills:

  • Previous hands-on expertise with two or more of the following hardware and software platforms: NetApp, HDS, EMC, Cisco, Cisco USC, Splunk, App Dynamics, KVM, Citrix, LiquidWare Labs, Netbackup (or equivalent), SAN-based replication and DR technologies.
  • Operational experience with relational database (SQL/Oracle connectivity and configuration) and security principles (host and network hardening)
  • Prior experience working with Agile development methodologies. Scrum experience preferred.
  • Previous experience with a software configuration management system (subversion, git, hub, cvs, etc)


More about Kinney Group:

Kinney Group is a cloud solutions integrator harnessing the power of IT in the cloud to improve lives. Automation is in Kinney Group's DNA, enabling the company to integrate the most advanced security, analytics, and infrastructure technologies as an optimized solution powering IT-driven mission and business processes in the cloud for federal agencies and Fortune 1000 companies. We are an elite team with a unique combination of credentials for strict security environments.


Our colleagues subscribe to a shared ethos and purpose for the company to achieve clarity and organizational health. This translates across every customer touch point within the organization. We offer compelling work as well as leadership commitment to ongoing training and development.  


Kinney Group, Inc is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


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