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Principal Engineer – Public Key Infrastructure

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About this role:

Wells Fargo is seeking a Principal Engineer – Public Key Infrastructure in technology 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 and drive execution of the organization's Cryptographic technology strategy, determine its target state, and effectively drive and guide the engineering efforts required to achieve that target state.

In this role, you will:

  • Consult with multiple engineering teams and multiple levels of management on strategic Cryptographic engineering efforts, drive transformative change to company's Cryptographic and information protection technology landscape, including Cryptographic Discovery/Agility, Post Quantum Cryptography, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)/Certificate lifecycle automation, Cloud information protection controls and various other tools leveraged for PKI, encryption and tokenization

  • Act as a thought leader for the company's Cryptographic technology present and future, helping to ensure the effective protection of information and assets

  • Identify emerging/new products and technologies required to support new business request (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

  • Validates and refines high level architectural designs

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

  • Communicate completed development steps and action items

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

  • Partner with architecture and support groups such as Security and Network Architecture to ensure technology 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 recommend 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 experience in a senior or leadership security engineering role

  • 7+ years of advanced engineering experience with encryption technologies

  • 7+ years of advanced engineering Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) experience

  • 5+ years of advanced information security architecture, design, and consulting experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of advanced Linux experience

  • 7+ years of advanced experience with Windows server operating systems

  • 7+ years of scripting and automation experience

  • 5+ years of experience leading and executing complex technology transformational programs across an enterprise

  • 5+ years of cloud computing experience

  • 5+ years of advanced experience with security technology product evaluation, proof of concepts and testing

  • 4+ years of experience with creating crypto strategy

  • 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 ability to document procedures for other engineers to follow

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

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

  • Experience with strategy development and implementation

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

  • 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 influence across all organizational levels, particularly senior management

  • Ability to align technology direction to business terminology

  • Professional certifications such as CISSP, ISSAP, CCSP, CISM

  • Banking or Financial Services experience

  • Strong leadership skills 

  • Excellent verbal, written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills

  • Extensive technical writing skills and presentation skills

Job Expectations:

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time

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


  • 1301 Solana Blvd, Westlake, TX 76262

  • 2600 S Price Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286

  • 150 E 42nd St., New York, NY 10017

  • 190 River Rd., Summit, NJ 07901

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

Pay Range

$144,400.00 - $300,000.00


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

Posting End Date:

22 Feb 2024

*Job posting may come down early due to volume of applicants.

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