Solution Principal - Cloud, DevOps, and Security at Slalom

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Who Exactly Is It That We’re Looking For?

Slalom is looking for a Pod Lead to join our North America team on the Cloud, DevOps, and Security (CDS) team. Wait… is it Cloud, DevOps or Security? Well it’s all of them! We grew from three distinct capabilities and decided to smash them all together to celebrate and share how well they work as a team. Our CDS engineers build the secure automation capabilities that enable our application developers to unleash their products on the world. Our goal is to create the platform to make a product smart, secure, and fast with the least amount toil possible.


The Pod Leader will oversee a pod of CDS engineers located in one of our physical locations. A CDS engineering pod consists of 1-5 individual contributor engineers focused on a single client’s outcome. In order to be successful this role will require a variety of skills such as: Delivering as a hands-on solution architect for a client project, Mentoring and coaching your team, and Providing technical expertise for sales pursuits.


What You’ll Do

  • Report directly to a Location Lead to support growth and carry forward the organizations vision for a single delivery pod.
  • Will serve as a People Manager for the team of 1 to 5 CDS engineers. Mentorship and coaching of engineers across CDS and other capabilities in your location may be required.
  • Engage directly with the delivery team and senior client stakeholders to provide delivery leadership for a single client consisting of multiple pods of Engineers and Architects. Responsibilities include being a hands-on technical solution architect, driving technology and architecture decisions, delivery with other capabilities, and working collaboratively with the project team to ensure successful delivery.
  • Provide technical qualifications and direction setting for architecture in sales pursuits.
  • Showcase your experience working hands-on with teams and directly with customers to translate requirements and technical vision into proposed tangible solutions.
  • May support market teams tasked to nurture relationships with senior leaders in each local market.
  • Conduct technical interviews across CDS in assigned locations.
  • Contribute to CDS-wide strategic initiatives.
  • Build collaborative relationships within Slalom Build and across local market leadership.
  • Requires 50% travel, which will be in support of client visits, Slalom and CDS related meetings, conferences, sales pursuits, and market development. 


Your Qualifications

  • Qualified candidates will have 3-7 years working in a technology field, with 3+ years serving as an Infrastructure or DevOps Lead or Manager.
  • Successfully lead groups of up to 5 individuals.
  • Experience in all phases of product development, software development, and testing lifecycles.
  • People Management experience including a strong history of mentoring others.
  • Delivery experience in established technology and product departments with mature program management processes and standards for both Agile and waterfall project methodologies.
  • Experience with technical screening of candidates in the recruiting process.
  • Demonstrated professional growth and the proven ability to work cross-functionally.
  • May have experience contributing to RFPs and SOWs and reviewing proposals with clients.
  • May have familiarity with business operations (e.g., invoicing, SOW, margins, utilization).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to audiences of all levels including client facing skills.
  • Experience with agile software delivery methodologies: Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, XP, and Lean.
  • Proven track record building and deploying high-scale public cloud-based solutions on AWS, Azure, or GCP using modern DevOps techniques. 
  • Passion for building software solutions with state-of-the-art technology.
  • Embrace challenging situations and enjoy solving complex problems.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field, or commensurate experience.


Who We Are

Slalom is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future, with solutions spanning business advisory, customer experience, technology, and analytics. We partner with companies to push the boundaries of what’s possible—together.


Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, WA, Slalom has organically grown to over 8,000 employees. We were named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016 to 2019, Glassdoor Best Places to Work in 2018 and 2019, and are regularly recognized by our employees as a best place to work. You can find us over 30 cities across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.


Slalom Build

One of our fastest-growing capabilities is Slalom Build, which uses agile engineering to deliver custom-built digital products and solutions. Slalom Build is a network of nine Build Centers that consist of passionate technology builders of a wide variety of disciplines including Experience Design, Software Engineering, Solution Ownership, Cloud, DevOps, & Security, and Quality Engineering. Strategic partners include Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Snowflake, and Tableau to name a few.


Slalom Is An Equal Opportunity Employer And All Qualified Applicants Will Receive Consideration For Employment Without Regard To Race, Color, Religion, Sex, National Origin, Disability Status, Protected Veteran Status, Or Any Other Characteristic Protected By Law. 

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In the Loop on Randolph near Michigan Ave. Our office is in the Aon Center (with a view looking overlooking Millennium Park and the lake).

An Insider's view of Slalom

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Slalom provides us the autonomy to work in the ways we are most effective. This can include opportunities to work from home, at the office, as well as at the client site.


Solution Architect, Technology Enablement

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I work across multiple projects with various co-workers and teams, which means I both learn something new and introduce others to the value of design every day. I love watching people get jazzed about things that I love and it’s great knowing that if I ever a question or problem that has me stumped, the answer is only a conversation away.


Consultant, Experience Designer

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Slalom, growth isn’t just a title change or adding managerial responsibilities; it's the opportunity to grow into the professional you want to be. The consultants on my team are able to take charge of their growth by proactively seeking out what they would like to learn, do or achieve — and my job as team lead is to help them get those chances.


Solution Principal, Business Advisory Services

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Internal education and experience programs let consultants bring their ideas and passions to life. The programs provide mentors, advocates, and guidance to build and hone your skills in particular technologies or be able to build a proof-of-concept. Apply and enhance your learnings with real hands-on experience.


Practice Area Lead, Data & Analytics

What are Slalom Perks + Benefits

Slalom Benefits Overview

Build a career and love your future. With our culture of continuous learning, commitment to investing in our local community, and unlimited professional development budget, Slalom Chicago empowers you to continue growing both personally and professionally.

Volunteer in local community
We connects our active volunteer community with frequent, meaningful opportunities like leading a "summer camp" at Lurie Children's Hospital or meal prep at Lincoln Park Community Services.
Partners with Nonprofits
Our partnerships include Lurie Children's Hospital, Cara, Lincoln Park Community Services, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Chicago Ideas.
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Bi-annual family party
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
You and a guest can join us at Rendezvous! Our weekend getaway is content-free, filled with fun, and all-expenses-paid. Unwind by yourself or join in group activities -- it's your call.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Unlimited professional development budget. Tuition exception.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Learn from your Slalom colleagues or share your own expertise! All employees can host or attend any session to grow their skills and experience.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Unlimited professional development budget. Tuition reimbursement exception.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Unlimited professional development budget. Tuition reimbursement exception.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Every year we look forward to Rendezvous, a weekend getaway trip for each employees and one guest that is content-free, all-expenses-paid, and a total blast. You can reconnect with friends over food, drinks, and tons of fun programming (think karaoke backed by a full band) -- or just take the time to yourself and relax on the hotel grounds.

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