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IT Senior Security Engineer


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  4003

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


External Pre-Hire Assessment Required: Professional Pre-Hire Assessment
Testing Required:
Not Applicable



Job Summary
    Highest professional level/expert IT Security Engineering position. The Principal IT Security Engineer works as a team member to provide Level 2 and Level 3 support, makes recommendations, leads projects, and directs the development and/or research of security technologies. The Principal IT Security Engineer performs complex tasks related to area of technical responsibility, works on multiple assignments and projects, and leads/facilitates meetings and group discussions, presentations, and technical training classes. The Principal IT Security Engineer is self- managed, mentors and coaches less experienced IT Security Engineers and ITS personnel, and provides leadership and technical direction on all aspects of security engineering. Incumbent is expected to establish and secure approval of goals and policies for his/her own area of responsibility, consistent with Corporate goals and objectives. Actions are reviewed in terms of goals accomplished. Span of control: 0; this is an individual contributor job
Key Accountabilities
  • May lead projects and/or project teams (including assigning work, reviewing progress and evaluating re-sults), mentor, provide guidance and technical direction to less experienced engineering and technical staff, including the provision of input in performance evaluations, but is not responsible for supervising anyone.
  • Plans, schedules, and manages all operational day-to-day engineering support work activities for security/authentication technologies/infrastructures; manages trouble ticket/problem resolution and issue escalation.
  • Leads projects to ensure on-time and in-budget implementation to support the achievement of business unit strategic plans.
  • Makes recommendations in area of security administration/authentication and the introduction of technology to the IT organization; participates in evaluating enabling technologies; designs and manages security architectures; leads research of advanced technologies.
  • Consults on planning and issues in security administration/authentication design and direction; provides configurations for security administration/authentication; consults with application teams on proper design and use of technologies and tools; consults on security architecture design and direction.
  • Actively seeks continuous improvement opportunities and leads continuous improvement initiatives of internal processes, procedures, and standards; may consult on efforts to improve the quality of organizational processes, policies, and standards.
  • Consults on operational and planning issues related to security administration / authentication technologies; works closely with outside vendors in planning projects, to evaluate vendor's software, and to resolve issues
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends and the stated direction of the enterprise in order to select technology platforms that are appropriate and cost beneficial; has an established professional presence in the industry and maintains business relationships with key technical dependent industries and organizations to support the application of technology to specific business areas.
  • Works as a proactive team player in dynamic environments and acts as project lead on multiple projects. Supports multiple internal and external clients.
  • Leads and facilitates meetings and group discussions; develops and conducts formal and informal presentations and technical training classes.
  • Creates and maintains project work plans and budgets; schedules and manages work activities and projects to achieve on time and in budget implementation of best-in-class solutions that meet organization and corporate goals.
  • Provides direction and leadership on all aspects of security engineering and internal IT processes; is self-managed and forward thinking and promotes team quality. Supports/ consults on team members' performance management; coaches team members on interacting with others outside of their work group.
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • High School or GED and 8 years of network engineering experience inclusive of system administration (installing, configuring, and troubleshooting for access security/authentication technologies/infrastructures)
  • OR Associate's degree in an applicable information technology discipline and 5 years of business unit-related experience inclusive of system administration (installing, configuring, and troubleshooting for access security/authentication technologies/infrastructures).
Other Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in information technology or cybersecurity discipline
  • Proven enterprise network security experience including firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, VPN, web proxies etc.
  • Solid understanding of networking concepts including TCP/IP, routing, VLANs etc.
  • Good understanding of network and host base layered defense including segmentation, incident response, network forensic analysis and troubleshooting techniques


Other Requirements

  • May require initial and/or periodic drug or fitness for duty testing, the physical ability to work in a power plant environment (e.g climb stairs, work in hot, confined environments); and flexibility to perform on-call responsibilities to provide off-hours support as scheduled.
  • Written and verbal communication & advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects & research to all levels of the business unit and engage in persuasive written & verbal interaction.
  • Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to influence and build relationships to foster a positive work environment and elicit support for acceptance of new technology across the enterprise.
  • Business & management acumen extending beyond the incumbent's specific job, enabling them to proffer valuable insights, recommendations or challenges to policies, procedures & practices extending beyond the immediate scope of the job
  • Experience in managing projects, and scheduling and managing the work activities of others.
  • Broad understanding of IT industry, e.g emerging technologies, industry standards, support services, architectures, systems design, and systems integration and an indepth knowledge of operational issues in at least one area of engineering support.
  • Well-developed organization and planning skills.
  • Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles to affect tangible, positive outcomes.
  • Motivates through 'leading by example,' coaching/mentoring and providing ongoing constructive feedback to subordinate staff; competent in systematically eliciting the best efforts & results from subordinate staff.
  • Deals effectively with resistance; takes positive steps to avoid the recurrence of errors through constructive critique.
  • Assists with planning, executing and monitoring of teams in order to develop and maintain a technically competent, motivated, and highly productive work force.
  • Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges orthodox practices/approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.
  • Flexibility & the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.
  • Copes with multiple demands from superiors, and/or subordinates & peers in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.
Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit