Applied Research and Technology Lead

Knoxville, TN

Applied Research and Technology Lead

Category: Analytics and Emerging Digital Technologies

Main location: United States, Virginia, Fairfax

Alternate Location(s): United States, Tennessee, Knoxville

United States, Louisiana, Lafayette

Position ID: J0524-1327

Employment Type: Full Time

Position Description:

CGI Federal’s Emerging Technologies Practice (ETP) seeks a highly-motivated technologist and leader to direct its Applied Research and Development Team. The Director, Applied Research and Technology will reside as a Center of Excellence (COE) under the auspices of the Chief Growth Officer, within the overall Strategic Operations group, to work collaboratively with the Business Units, Strategic Operations and CGI Federal Management to develop translate the Emerging Technologies Practice vision into an executable strategy.

This positions preferred location is Lafayette, LA, Lebanon, VA, Belton, TX, Knoxville, TN or Fairfax, VA; however, a hybrid working model is acceptable.

Due to the nature of this government contract, US Citizenship is required.

Your future duties and responsibilities:

The Applied Research and Technologies team is responsible for establishing and maintaining CGI Federal’s POV and expertise in each of the emerging technology areas and leading the development of Proofs of Concept/Prototypes to demonstrate to customers the practical application of these technologies.

The Director, Applied Research and Technology will lead the development and execution of CGI Federal’s strategy to support the Business Units in their efforts to drive profitable growth by leveraging emerging technologies and practices.

In addition, the Director, Applied Research and Technology will be responsible for collaborating with CGI Federal Marketing and Communications to establish and maintain a personal, strategic external market presence in the Digital Services and Innovation domains, aligned to a strategic portfolio of emerging technology research and development areas. The external presence shall include speaking engagements, a Social Media presence and direct engagement with existing and potential customers.

Required qualifications to be successful in this role:

• A Bachelor’s degree with minimum 15 - 20 years of work experience in the IT field

• Experience managing teams of architects and emerging technology subject matter experts

• Thrive on keeping up to date with market changes, ability to speak fluently about them and point out implications and opportunities for CGI.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must be proficient developing and delivering presentations on solution and business case/value to large groups of Federal IT executives and managers.

• Self-directed style

• Ability to clearly articulate technology concepts to a business audience

• Strong public speaking and other forms of media expertise

• Leading and mentoring a team of Subject Matter Experts, and collaborating with an extended community of SMEs in the areas of:

• Big Data Analytics and Visualization

• IoT and Edge Compute

• Intelligent Automation and Robotic Process Engineering

• Distributed Ledger Technology

• Advanced Modelling, Simulation, xR, and Metaverse applications

• Advanced Communications such as 5G, 6G, and other orbital and terrestrial communications

Desired qualifications/non-essential skills required:

• Master's degree in related technology field.

• Prior experience with US Federal Government contractor or agency work

CGI is required by law in some jurisdictions to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. The determination of this range includes various factors not limited to skill set, level, experience, relevant training, and license and certifications. To support the ability to reward for merit-based performance, CGI typically does not hire individuals at or near the top of the range for their role. Compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range for this role in the U.S. is $123,700.00 - $270,600.00.

At CGI we call our professionals “members” to reinforce that all who join our team are, as owners, empowered to participate in the challenges and rewards that come from building a world-class company.

CGI’s benefits include:

• Competitive compensation

• Comprehensive insurance options

• Matching contributions through the 401(k) plan and the share purchase plan

• Paid time off for vacation, holidays, and sick time

• Paid maternity and parental leave

• Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

• Member assistance and wellness programs





  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Strategic Thinking

What you can expect from us:

Together, as owners, let’s turn meaningful insights into action.

Life at CGI is rooted in ownership, teamwork, respect and belonging. Here, you’ll reach your full potential because…

You are invited to be an owner from day 1 as we work together to bring our Dream to life. That’s why we call ourselves CGI Partners rather than employees. We benefit from our collective success and actively shape our company’s strategy and direction.

Your work creates value. You’ll develop innovative solutions and build relationships with teammates and clients while accessing global capabilities to scale your ideas, embrace new opportunities, and benefit from expansive industry and technology expertise.

You’ll shape your career by joining a company built to grow and last. You’ll be supported by leaders who care about your health and well-being and provide you with opportunities to deepen your skills and broaden your horizons.

Come join our team—one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, sex, religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, familial status, political affiliation, genetic information, height, weight, or any other legally protected status or characteristics.

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