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Principal Engineer - Directory Services

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About this role:

Wells Fargo is seeking a Principal Engineer – Directory Services as part of the Innovation and Transformation (IT) team within the Secure Network Services (SNS) organization. In a collaborative environment, this Principal Engineer will lead the continued development, strategy and design of organization's directory server, network and multi-factor authentications.

In this role, you will:

  • Identify emerging and new products and technologies required to support new business requests requiring new features or to fill gaps with current deployed network technologies

  • Research and document industry best practices

  • Develop and maintain product strategy documentation

  • Provide technology overview presentations to senior leadership and technology peers

  • Develop and participate in proof of concept (POC) demonstrations at vendor sites for new products and services

  • Validate and refine high level architectural designs

  • Define design elements, Statement of Work (SOW) and help develop project plans and business cases for new technologies

  • Communicate completed development steps and action items

  • Consult with technical groups, users and/or vendors to identify and influence functional specifications and business/technical requirements

  • Propose and create conceptual network design/hardware topology and implementation methods

  • Partner with other critical support teams such as Security and Network Architecture to insure network alignment with overall strategic direction for Wells Fargo Data Centers

  • Provide guidance across many teams to drive new technology and advancements into production

  • Act as an advisor to leadership to develop or influence applications, network, information security, database, operating systems, or web technologies for highly complex business and technical needs across multiple groups

  • Lead the strategy and resolution of highly complex and unique challenges requiring in-depth evaluation across multiple areas or the enterprise, delivering solutions that are long-term, large-scale and require vision, creativity, innovation, advanced analytical and inductive thinking

  • Translate advanced technology experience, an in-depth knowledge of the organizations tactical and strategic business objectives, the enterprise technological environment, the organization structure, and strategic technological opportunities and requirements into technical engineering solutions

  • Provide vision, direction and expertise to leadership on implementing innovative and significant business solutions

  • Maintain knowledge of industry best practices and new technologies and recommends innovations that enhance operations or provide a competitive advantage to the organization

  • Strategically engage with all levels of professionals and managers across the enterprise and serve as an expert advisor to leadership

Required Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of Engineering experience, or equivalent demonstrated through one or a combination of the following: work experience, training, military experience, education

  • 7+ years of Information Security applications and systems experience

  • 7+ years of experience managing PingDirectory / UnboundID, Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) or a combination of both

  • 7+ years directory server design and/or administration experience in a complex application environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of network/network security engineering experience

  • 5+ years of technical documentation experience

  • 5+ years of experience with multi-factor authentication

  • 3+ years of experience with cloud environments [includes public, private, and hybrid cloud: cloud security concepts: containerizations and Kubernetes]

  • 3+ years of experience with automating processes and administrative tasks

  • Experience in evaluating other brands of Directory Server (such as OUD, IBM Tivoli Identity Manager, RedHat Directory, etc.)

  • Ability to make audit-related assessments, document changes needed, deploy feasible audit-related changes

  • Experience in Kanban or Scrum Agile environments

  • Experience with GitHub, Ansible automation and orchestration (or similar tools including Chef or Puppet), Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)

  • Experience with monitoring and data analysis tools such as Splunk

  • Demonstrated technical ability to make performance/tuning recommendations for directory

  • Demonstrated ability to document procedures for other engineers to follow

  • Excellent communication skills working with development, production and application teams for multiple lines of business

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills to address real-time production issues and restore service from an operations stand-point

  • Experience with information security and risk management including policy and standards, information security assessment, security best practices, and mitigation solution design and implementation

  • Strategic planning experience in translating leadership vision into executable strategies and initiatives

  • Banking or Financial Services experience

  • Strong leadership skills 

  • Excellent verbal, written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills

  • Extensive technical writing skills and presentation skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of end-to-end network architecture and protocols

  • Ability to research, design, implement, and test industry best practices

  • Ability to define business requirements and align to technology direction

  • Ability to translate complex technical needs into straightforward requests for information and collaboration, working with a wide range of people

  • Ability to train and lead others

  • Ability to present technical concepts to senior leaders

  • Ability to align technology direction to business terminology

Job Expectations:

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time

  • Ability to work onsite in the office at least 3 days per week


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New York Salary Range: $144,400 - $300,000

Pay Range

$144,400.00 - $300,000.00 Annual


Wells Fargo provides all eligible full- and part-time employees with a comprehensive set of benefits designed to protect their physical and financial health and to help them make the most of their financial future. Visit  Benefits - Wells Fargo Careers  for an overview of the following benefit plans and programs offered to employees.

  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Parental Leave
  • Critical Caregiving Leave
  • Discounts and Savings
  • Health Benefits
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Scholarships for dependent children
  • Adoption Reimbursement

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