Apigee API Developer


February 3, 2021

540 is looking for an Apigee API Developer to help the DoD modernize an Air Force training platform. You’ll be part of a small Agile team working to help integrate ~half a dozen or more components of a Pilot Training platform.  You will work to define, document and publish API Design standards and best practices, and work with component teams to define and implement API Governance standards across the platform.  Additionally, you will work with DevSecOps teams to operationalize an environment to integrate the various components of the platform, and configure the API Management Tool (Apigee) to help drive success and implement common behaviors across the platform.  Data Mediation, Traffic Management, and Security are all areas of the platform where you will focus to improve the Pilot Training platform as a whole, and help the Air Force become more efficient and maintainable in the way that pilots are trained.


540 is a forward-thinking company that the government turns to in order to #GetShitDone. We do more than talk about it, we break down barriers to innovation and build impactful tech. We’re looking for someone with big ideas, who thrives on innovation and is a self-starter. If you love to learn about and work with new technologies, we want to talk to you.


  • 5+ years experience developing in one or two modern coding languages/frameworks (Python, JavaScript, Node.js, Java, SpringBoot, etc)
  • Experience with Apigee’s API Management Platform (experience with comparable API Gateways and API Management platforms may be considered)
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Proficiencies in RESTful API design, building and consumption
  • Experience with OpenAPI (fka Swagger)
  • Understanding of various methods of authentication and authorization via APIs (PKI, OAuth2, JWT, LDAP, SAML, etc) 
  • Experience with Agile projects and development
  • Understanding of core principles of cloud architectures and experience with AWS and/or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Ability to corral, define and document technical requirements for developer implementation 
  • Ability to identify performance issues at the app, API, and data tiers and offer solutions to make it better 
  • Broad understanding and experience with various frameworks, tools, and technologies (including challenges exposing/consuming data through APIs)
  • Understanding of HTTP and TLS/SSL 
  • Ability to learn quickly and “become an expert” on something that you don’t have previous knowledge/experience on
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently (as if on an island) with clients, but also be a consummate team player
  • Must have or be able to get a security clearance


  • Currently attained or able to become an Apigee Certified API Engineer (Google Cloud)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or another related field
  • Good knowledge of CI/CD environments and tools
  • Ability to define, create, and execute integration tests (API testing, unit testing, etc) 
  • Experience standing up a Developer Portal
  • Knowledge of non-RESTful data interfaces (SOAP, Web Sockets, GraphQL, etc)
  • Experience with securing sensitive data (including security marking standards such as DoD Banner Lines or ISM) 
  • Ability to rapidly code proof of concepts to help with analysis of alternatives (should be a person who can code in mixed environments) and prove out ideas  
  • Experience deploying applications in DoD or other accredited federal environments that require IA certification and accreditation to deploy
  • Understanding of high availability and scalability techniques at the app, API, and data tiers


  • 100% covered health, dental and vision premium for employees, optional dependent coverage
  • 401k with employer match
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability coverage
  • Flexible PTO + all Federal holidays off
  • Paid parking or transit
  • Spotify Premium account to improve your hacking experience
  • Generous monthly technology stipend
  • Education and Training allowance
  • Macbook Pro
  • Fully stocked kitchen with 3 nitro cold brew kegs on tap  
  • Fitness Center onsite
  • Referral Bonus - good people know good people
  • Ongoing Social Events (including, but not limited to annual hackathons, Taste of 540, holiday party, annual charity golf tournament, so much more…)
  • DC Fray kickball league bi-annually


540's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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