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Advantage Solutions Sr. Directory Services Security Engineer in Chicago, Illinois


Job Title: Senior Directory Services Security Engineer

Overview: We areseekingan experienced and dynamic Senior Directory Services Security Engineer to join our dedicated cybersecurity team. In this role, you will be a key contributor responsible for designing, implementing, andmaintainingrobust security measures within our directory services infrastructure. As a Senior Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing our cybersecurity strategy, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical identity information.


  • Architect and implement advanced security measures within directory services platforms, focusing on Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP technologies.

  • Lead efforts in defining and enforcing IAM policies, including access controls, role-based permissions, and authentication protocols.

  • Establish and enforce security standards, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and organizational security policies.

  • Implement and oversee continuous monitoring mechanisms to detect and respond to security incidents promptly. Lead incident response efforts related to directory services.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional security teams to integrate directory services security measures with SIEM, firewalls, and other security technologies.

  • Troubleshoot issues where users are unable to access certain resources or are experiencing unauthorized access.

  • Enable new Okta capabilities including (but not limited to) MFA, Lifecycle management, custom workflows.

  • Work with various engineering teams to quickly enable SSO for POCs or production applications, enforcing SAML2.0 andOIDC


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer scienceInformation Security, or related field. Master's degree is a plus.

  • Extensive experience in designing and implementing security measures within directory services environments.

  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory, LDAP, and other directory technologies.

  • Professional certifications such as CISSP, CISM, or related certifications.

  • Proven experience in leading security initiatives and projects.

  • Strong understanding of IAM principles, access controls, and authentication protocols.

  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

  • Experience with Windows,Lunix/ Unix, scripting (Bash,Powershell, or Perl), Python LDAP, SQL.

If you are a seasoned security professional with a passion for securing identity infrastructure, we invite you to apply for this challenging and rewarding position. Join us in shaping the future of our cybersecurity landscape. Apply today!

Job Will Remain Open Until Filled


The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Position Summary

Senior level network and security engineering position responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting a wide range of technology solutions. This position requires a vast knowledge of various systems, engineering concepts involving information security, IT software and hardware, internal data communications systems, and network infrastructure.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with various teams and vendors to design, implement, and troubleshoot network, security, and application solutions to business problems in a timely manner

  • Design and implement security controls, defenses, and countermeasures to prevent internal and external attacks on the company’s information systems

  • Ensure systems are compliant with company security standards

  • Develop and maintain systems documentation to include administration guides, network, and configuration diagrams

  • Provide technical expertise and training to less experienced staff

  • Provide support for priority issues including on-call support during non-business hours

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

Indirect Reports

May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level: (Required) Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • Field of Study/Area of Experience: Information Technology, Network Engineering, and Information Security

  • 8+ years of experience in Information Technology

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent customer service orientation

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Strong prioritization skills

  • Ability to visualize and plan objectives and goals strategically

  • Ability to research and analyze data effectively

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment

  • Flexible and adaptable, able to change and alter according to changes in projects or business environment

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties with minimal supervision, in order to meet deadlines

  • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy while shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadlines

  • The ideal candidate will be passionate about technology and problem solving, have an interest in developing new skills, and the ability to keep pace with a fast moving business

  • Expert level understanding of network protocols, routing, and network configuration

  • Ability to use tcpdump, wire shark, network monitor, or other tools to trouble-shoot network issues

  • Operating system security, compliance, and audit

  • Ability to troubleshoot and actively monitor network, application, and system performance

  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to work under pressure

  • Experience implementing, managing, and troubleshooting various Cisco networking and security products

  • Experience managing and monitoring system security and health for hundreds of network devices

  • Experience managing, upgrading, and deploying Microsoft Active Directory and associated technologies

  • Experience managing Microsoft System Center products

  • Experience managing Solarwinds Orion products

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago

Primary Posting Location : City Chicago

Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL

Primary Posting Location : Postal Code 60601

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2023-430355

Position Type Full Time

Category Professional: (IT, Finance, Legal, HR, Talent Acquisition, Administrative, Customer Service)

Minimum USD $89,000.00/Yr.

Maximum USD $169,000.00/Yr.