• Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA
  • Full Time

VES, LLC seeks a highly motivated Senior Software Engineer. Would you like to work on a small team of exceptionally smart people to design and build cutting-edge technology, pushing the envelope of what is possible? Do you want to work for a team-oriented DoD contractor that is passionate about using technology to protect and make soldiers more effective? If so, please read on!

This Software Engineer position earns a highly competitive salary, depending on experience. You would also enjoy great benefits and perks, including health benefits, a 401(k) with match, 10 paid holidays, 15 paid vacation days, tuition reimbursement, and more. If this sounds like the right DoD software development opportunity for you, apply today!


We are a small business headquartered out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD with offices in Baltimore, MD, and APG, MD. Established in 2014, our core competencies are the development of custom government off the Shelf (GOTS) infrastructure solutions, integrating mission command systems, and prototyping emerging technologies for use in the Army tactical architecture. We are a company built entirely of engineers, focused completely on solving the DoD's hardest software systems integration challenges.

Many software government contractors only hire to fill a slot and then release the person with the contract time is up. We truly strive to be more of a close-knit group, hiring people for their talent and making sure they want to stay for the long haul. We offer highly competitive pay, generous benefits, and a friendly work culture.

Job Duties:

  • Contribute engineering solutions for a custom, from scratch Linux distribution
  • Develop, test, and manage software as directed and determined by the project lead
  • Maintain and improve the performance / security of existing software solutions
  • Clearly and regularly communicate with management and technical support colleagues
  • Recommend improvements to existing software solutions as necessary

Technical Requirements:

  • Experience developing and debugging C
  • Strong ability to read and understand code written by other people
  • Experience with common Linux scripting / shell utilities
    • Bash/sh / Python / Perl / Awk / Sed, etc
  • Experience with the following tracing/debugging tools:
    • Strace, Ltrace, Ftrace, gdb, etc
  • Experience with system services including systemd and udev
  • In-depth hands-on experience with an RPM based distribution
  • Familiar with Makefile, RPM spec files, and rpmbuild
  • Familiar with technologies to enable applications to run with least privilege, and avoid full root permission, including Linux Capabilities (getcap/setcap), seccomp, containers, etc
  • Familiarity with Linux Containers (LXC), Docker Containers
  • Experience working within virtualized environments
    • kvm / qemu, libvirt, VirtualBox, etc
  • Comfortable reading / compiling / debugging / customizing the Linux Kernel
  • Familiar with enhanced Linux security hardening techniques
    • cgroups, namespaces, seccomp, capabilities, SELinux, etc

Desired Skills:

  • Have worked within an Agile methodology utilizing Scrum Teams
  • Ability to take strategic guidance and execute in a self motivated manner
  • Passionate about learning new technologies, tools, and platforms
  • Experience with Atlassian (JIRA, Confluence).
  • Experience with tools such as Bitbake, Yocto, WindRiver Linux
  • Have taken a Yocto/WindRiver/OpenEmbedded based project from inception to market

Required Education and Experience:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, eligible for a security clearance with the DOD
  • Masters Degree and 5+ years of professional software engineering experience; Bachelor's degree and 8+ years, or In lieu of a degree you may substitute 6+ years of experience

VES offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • 401(k) match
  • Highly Competitive Salary
  • Health Benefits
  • Up to 15 Paid Vacation days / year
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement

VES is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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