Managing Consultant II at SDI Presence

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SDI Presence LLC is an IT managed services provider (MSP) and consultancy that leverages its strong team presence to advance our clients to a secure digital enterprise. With a 20-year corporate resume, SDI delivers strategic managed services, IT consulting, and hybrid infrastructure solutions to optimize our clients’ technology environments. SDI is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), with a portfolio of clients that includes some of the nation’s largest airports, utilities, commercial real estate portfolios, and government agencies. SDI delivers a deep technical presence through a local delivery model to achieve customer confidence and success. Visit us at and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram.


The Managing Consultant reports to the Account Executive in a strategic consulting and advisory support role.  The Managing Consultant will work side by side with our client’s CIO to provide support in vision and leadership, careful planning and disciplined execution to ensure stability, availability, and security. Additionally, this candidate should be a high achiever with 5 – 10 years of consulting experience working with executive-level clients and can speak to functions such as data centers, networks, servers, virtualization, cloud infrastructure and platform services, databases, storage, telecommunications, radios, and collaboration systems.

The Managing Consultant should also be a hands-on leader with broad with deep technical infrastructure experience, and be composed under pressure, a self-starter, can quickly assess priorities, engage resources, and drive to resolution.

Success depends on the candidate’s ability to build and maintain strong relationships internally and externally and demonstrate both an exceptional command of infrastructure fundamentals, as well as the ability to advise on and deliver innovative solutions.


  • Research best practices, standards, and methods for analysis, design, securing, configuration, testing, implementation, and operation of infrastructure
  • Partner closely with other teams such as Operations, Facilities, Physical Security, Data Analytics and others to deliver cohesive solutions
  • Experience managing IT projects in an enterprise environment
  • Experience developing detailed plans for complex projects and tasks
  • Actively promote the core values of the company within the organization and while at the client site
  • Assist the client with preparing and managing operating and capital budgets; and IT operating plans that maximize value
  • Assist the client with managing operational costs and conduct near and long-term financial forecasts
  • Provide support for the client in precise and cost-effective management of cloud services and platforms
  • Support the client in managing on-premises data centers, computer rooms, and collocated data center facilities including remote hands services
  • Prepare RFI, RFP, RFQ, contracts, and other documentation
  • Participate in the review and prioritization of project portfolio providing trusted advice related to investments and information technology issues
  • Ensure IT infrastructure, controls, operations, and related services meet requirements and are scalable, available, reliable, maintainable and secure
  • Support the management of client IT infrastructure assets including maintenance of component inventory and related documentation (e.g. CMDB)
  • Manage a mix of long-term projects and short-term service requests with a high degree of flexibility and effective delegation
  • Provide guidance in building and managing a disaster recovery plan in support of an overall business continuity program
  • Provide data and metric-driven decisions to support the SLAs of the client’s organization
  • Drive effective and efficient command of the fundamentals of managing traditional infrastructure
  • Provide guidance in a comprehensive infrastructure roadmap that leverages technology trends to challenge and change the status quo
  • Assist in the managing of vendor selection, negotiation, contracting, performance, and compliance


  • 10+ years of progressive and relevant experience in IT infrastructure and operations and at least 5 years as a consultant working with executive-level clients
  • 5+ years as a strategic consultant working directly with executive-level clients including CIO, CFO, COO, CEO at mid to large-sized enterprises 
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or related discipline desired
  • Must have consulting and client management skills working with Executive level client contacts
  • Breadth and depth of experience across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure including Cisco network, security and communications, VMWare, Linux, Oracle, and MS SQL Server, NetApp, Dell EMC HCI, Citrix Netscaler and similar technologies
  • Function professionally under pressure with a strong sense of urgency, while managing multiple concurrent projects and deadlines under sometimes ambiguous and often complex circumstances
  • Experience cultivating and leading high-performance teams, creating an innovation culture, and mentoring to develop team members
  • Comfortable working with employees at all levels of the company; Demonstrates professional tact, good judgment, and discretion
  • Must be highly articulate, from business and technical perspectives, and able to deliver proposals and presentations to a wide variety of audiences with conviction and passion
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skillset. Demonstrates attention to detail, follow-up and has excellent organizational skills
  • Project planning and project management experience for large scale projects in an enterprise IT environment

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SDI's HQ is located in the newly redeveloped Aon Center, overlooking Millenium Park and in the heart of downtown Chicago.
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An Insider's view of SDI Presence

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

SDI supports a healthy work-life balance & offers the right tools through our wellness program to champion my health which is very essential for me as a new parent. I always look forward to our HuddleUp team outings because they boost employee morale & help coworkers (especially those offsite) to get to know each other in a non-stressful capacity.


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What projects are you most excited about?

I am most excited about the new Cyber Security offering we are working on for the West Coast. I hope to be a valued member of the SDI team and that we can bring a new line of business that has not been able to offer local governments without the use of partners in the past.


Managing Consultant

What makes someone successful on your team?

SDI provides a platform that allows employees to challenge the status quo, never settling for the average who’s content with just fulfilling the context of their own roles & responsibilities. SDI has created a work environment that pushes the envelope of consistently hunting for new ways to solve a problem or self-improvement, never sitting still.


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What is your vision for the company?

We aim to be the IT managed services partner of choice for Chicagoland’s leading governments and private sector organizations by providing top technical talent: versed in our clients’ technologies of choice, passionate about our clients’ business, and prepared to make an impact from day one.


Chief Operating Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

SDI has a collaborative group of diverse and talented people who are generally very hard working and willing to go the extra mile to contribute to the success of the company. It truly is an awesome work environment and we have a leadership team that cares about the health and wellbeing of the employees.


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What are SDI Presence Perks + Benefits

SDI Presence Benefits Overview

SDI Presence offers comprehensive benefits for its employees:

401K plan with a company match
Cell phone reimbursement
Company-wide quarterly profit sharing
Education reimbursement
Medical, Life, Vision, Dental, Short-Term, and Long-term benefits package
Generous PTO plan
Flexible Work Hours

Company perks include Team HuddleUp Outings, Birthdays and Anniversaries Celebration, Weekly Fruit and Snacks, Community Philanthropic Events, Wellness Seminars, Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) events and many more!

Volunteer in local community
We partner with Mercy Home and also participate in local volunteering events such as Ring Side, ALS Walk for Life, and the American Heart Association.
Partners with Nonprofits
We currently partner with the American Heart Association and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
SDI Presence has various internal committees such as the GREEN team.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Being MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified, SDI Presence's management team is as diverse as our local staff and our Chief Development Officer is focused on continuing our initiatives.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
SDI Presence employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $12000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $75 of expenses.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers an annual exam and up to $130 for glasses and/or contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
SDI Presence offers three different health plans under Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Life Insurance
SDI Presence offers basic life insurance which is one times your annual earnings plus $25,000 to a maximum of $225,000.
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
SDI Presence's team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
SDI Presence's 401(k) retirement plan offers a broad selection of stocks, bonds and international index funds to choose from.
401(K) Matching
SDI Presence provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 2% of contributions up to 60% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
In some cases, SDI Presence does offer a variable compensation plan.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
SDI Presence provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Core hours, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Company sponsored family events
SDI Presence sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
SDI Presence employees receive between 13 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service. It also included a "floating holiday" in addition to PTO.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
SDI Presence offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all Illinois employees.
Company Outings
SDI Presence hosts company outings Semi-annually called HuddleUps.
Stocked Kitchen
SDI Presence's kitchen provides free coffee, and tea and fresh fruit on Fridays.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month.
Relocation Assistance
Our relocation assistance plan offers a maximum reimbursement of $5000.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
SDI Presence offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $2000.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
SDI Presence hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program.
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
We have annual budget of up to $2,000 for paid industry certifications per person but could be more depending on position requirements.