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IAM Principal Engineer

Date: Mar 21, 2019

Location: Milwaukee, WI, 53202

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Seeking an Identity and Access Management (IAM) principal security engineer with a strong background and understanding in Identity and Access Management technologies.  This role will serve as the subject matter expert, providing enterprise-wide perspective and thought leadership to mitigate IAM security risks.


The IAM Principle Security Engineer will be responsible for the oversight, management and execution of the IAM Security Strategy and Roadmap. This position requires excellent understanding of information security concepts, protocols, tools and industry best practices. It also requires strong problem-solving and prioritization skills, with the ability to lead and influence others in a cross functional environment.


The IAM Principle Security Engineer will consult on new and old technologies as they relate to the IAM program, to make sure identities are secure and follow industry and enterprise patterns.  They will need to have the ability to understand the integrations between technologies and how they are used making sure People, Process and Technology are considered.  Chosen candidate will need to have a firm grasp of Enterprise Cyber Security and the relationships therein.


What you will do:

  • Develops a multiple-year IAM strategy plan and drives the implementation through aligning to standards and roadmap. Drive the development of cybersecurity requirements across multiple products and platforms ensuring common designs, functionality, and integration with existing and future systems to align IAM with the business.
  • Helps drive the implementation of security improvements to existing IAM solutions by utilizing industry best practices, as well as anticipating future requirements, identifying gaps and recommending actionable steps for reducing risk.
  • Makes sure that the Identity and Access Management roadmap provides a defense in depth architecture while balancing business enabling capabilities.
  • Helps to identify the applicable IAM solution to address business problems at hand, bearing in mind the aspects of cost management and risk management. 
  • Interact with diverse technical staff and resources in multiple projects with cross functional teams and business users through all IAM life-cycle phases in accordance with established direction and standards. 
  • Stays abreast of IAM industry standards, market forces and emerging technologies to understand their impact and how they can be best leveraged within the organization and technology landscape. Evaluate new technologies that increase productivity and reduce complexity.
  • This position requires a strong application of interpersonal skills with the ability to foster and grow business relationships, effectively communicate at all levels of the organization, and possess a deep technical expertise in all facets of Identity and Access Management.
  • Coach and mentor other IAM staff so that they can assess and translate IAM requirements from various sources into practical development plans.
  • Solid knowledge around IAM risks as they relate to end-user services, infrastructure solutions, cloud technologies, software development, cyber security, and data analytics.
  • Helps manage vendor relationships with IAM security service providers; and assists with developing requests for proposal.
  • As needed helps on cyber incident response activities.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline.
  • At least 8 years of experience in IAM technology consulting, enterprise and solutions architecture and IAM architectural frameworks. Experience working as a technical expert focused on IAM Applications, Integration architecture, data governance, technology design and User Experience.
  • Solid knowledge of microservices, integration architecture, development pipelines, batch processing, message brokers, MQ, API, Docker, Containers and other related technologies and tools
  • Experience in defining new IAM architectures and ability to drive projects from an architectural stand point. Managed 1-2 major IAM architecture program implementations.
  • Experience designing solutions on major system interfaces, identifying business capabilities needs, and existing architecture weaknesses and opportunities for systems.
  • Experience in IAM security architecture or IAM security engineering preferably
    applicable to cloud-hosted solutions, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, etc.
  • Experience with Identity Management/Directory Services technology, Active Directory, SAML, CA Siteminder, ADFS, Federation of Directories, Azure AD, Various Provisioning systems, SSO, LDAP, Privilege Access, Secrets Management, etc.


  • Industry certification in security (e.g. CISSP, CCSP, CISM, CISA).


Req ID: 24784
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Desired
Employment Experience: 9+ years
Licenses/Certifications: Not Applicable
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 02/20/2019