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Jr. NetSecOps Consultant

Critical Design Associates



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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance

Full job description

Come thrive in a Dynamic, Collaborative Environment at Critical Design Associates, Inc!

Are you searching for more than just a job? A place where your skills, passion for technology, and commitment to excellence are celebrated, and your contributions truly make a difference? Welcome to Critical Design Associates, Inc.—a realm of boundless possibilities where innovation meets collaboration.

We're in search of a Junior NetSecOps Consultant who possesses a strong enthusiasm for automation and software-defined networking. You'll receive comprehensive training in the following technologies, skillfully combined with an emphasis on automation solutions:

  • Firewalls
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • TCP/IP

Join our close-knit team in a small, agile environment where integrity, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence are at the core of everything we do. Here, you won't just be a cog in the wheel; you'll be an essential part of building a world-class professional services and solutions development organization.

At CDA, we know that great things happen when we work together as a team! We believe that everyone's unique perspective is like a superpower. When you're part of our team, your technical and problem-solving skills become the secret ingredients that create unique and rewarding solutions!

At CDA, our mission goes beyond just mastering technology. We're all about taking care of our customers with unmatched dedication. If you have a real passion for understanding and surpassing customer expectations, you'll find yourself perfectly aligned with our team and clients. We put great emphasis on customer success, and that means we value top-notch communication, accountability, integrity, teamwork, and responsiveness.

Here, you'll also thrive in a culture that fosters personal growth and empowers you to take the lead in your professional journey. We value each team member's unique potential, and through continuous learning and development opportunities, we equip you to reach new heights.

If you're eager to be part of an organization that embraces agility, creativity, and a shared determination to make an impact, Critical Design Associates, Inc. eagerly awaits your arrival. We are excited to meet exceptional individuals like you who can help shape our future and redefine what's possible.

If you're a tech enthusiast with a heart for innovation and a commitment to delivering excellence, we encourage you to apply for the position.

Critical Design Associates: Where Talent Meets Opportunity, and Success is Unleashed.

Job Summary:
The Jr. NetSecOps Consultant develops, implements, supports, manages, reports, and monitors our customers’ IT automation environment(s), leveraging CDA’s experience, technical knowledge, and IT Automation expertise. The Jr. NetSecOps Consultant is responsible for providing consulting, reactive, proactive, and preventative services for IT automation including serving as a trusted advisor who understands the customer’s environment and works as an extension of the customer’s IT professional team.


  • Troubleshoot complex technical issues in an IT automation environment.
  • Demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Assist teammates with solving complex technical issues.
  • Act as the IT automation technical authority/subject matter expert (SME).
  • Possess an excellent technical understanding of IT automation technologies and how to support and manage them in a variety of settings, ranging from basic to complex.
  • On an ongoing basis, obtain industry technical certifications that further your IT automation skillset.
  • Mentor junior teammates with learning key technical concepts around IT automation including areas such as server virtualization, cloud computing, network/systems architectures, data analysis, machine learning, DevOps, and CI/CD pipelines.
  • Maintain a calm, poised, and professional demeanor while working in potentially stressful situations with customer IT staff and/or users.
  • Possess the soft skills to be able to defuse a tense/sensitive situation, while still being able to act firmly if/when necessary.
  • Demonstrate the desire and ability to continue learning new concepts and remain up to date on the most recent technologies, particularly those related to IT automation technologies.
  • Develop, deploy, install, configure, and maintain IT automation technology solutions for customer environments.

The IT Automation Consultants' primary responsibilities are to deliver one or more of the following services to our customers:

  • Incident management – Troubleshoot and resolve incidents received from the customer (in alignment with SLA’s) and/or that were created to address alerts from a monitoring system.
  • Change management – Attend weekly customer change review board meetings, write/submit change tickets, and perform changes during customer change windows (typically after-hours).
  • Problem management – Analyze the customer’s incident history to determine if any trends/patterns represent an underlying problem, and if so, work with the customer to address the problem.
  • Event management – Investigate alerts received from a monitoring system and determine proper actions to address the alerts.
  • Request fulfillment – Fulfill IT automation-related service requests received from the customer.
  • Environment management – Functions include managing/administering IT automation technologies and components within the development, test, and/or production environments, updating IT automation environment documentation, applying approved patches and/or software updates to IT automation components, assessing the health of and making recommendations to optimize IT automation platforms, and providing IT automation thought leadership.
  • Reporting – Develop and deliver ad-hoc and regularly scheduled reports containing metrics and other information per the customer’s requirements.
  • Ticket management - Maintain accurate and timely ticketing system data (e.g., detailed ticket notes, accurate ticket status, following up on tickets to avoid excessive ticket aging, etc.).
  • Monitoring - Configure and manage the monitoring solution for IT automation and related ancillary technologies, including helping to establish baselines and adjusting threshold values as needed.
  • Analysis - Analyze monitoring metrics and alerts to identify patterns/trends, make correlations, and provide actionable information.
  • Development – Develop software code/scripts to automate IT processes and/or integrate IT technologies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for the Job:

  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent problem-solving ability with complex technical challenges
  • Act with a positive customer service attitude
  • Ability to work effectively in a small- to medium-sized team environment.
  • Desire and ability to provide mentoring/coaching to junior teammates.
  • Programming knowledge and ability to apply programming concepts in practice.
  • Demonstrated technical fluency and/or expertise in a range of technical areas including:

Cloud technologies (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP)
Hypervisor technologies (e.g., VMware, Nutanix)
Containerization (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes
Scripting/Coding (e.g., Python, R, PowerShell, BASH, REST APIs)
Service Management (e.g., Jira Service Desk, ServiceNow)
DevOps tools/platforms (e.g., Git, Gitlab, GitHub)
IT Automation platforms (e.g., Chef, Ansible, Vagrant, Jenkins)
Machine Learning/Natural Language Processing (e.g., NumPy, pandas, SciKit, PyTorch, NLTK, TensorFlow, spacy)
Microsoft directory services (e.g., LDAP, Active Directory, DNS)
Server OS (e.g., Windows Server, Linux)
Basic Networking concepts (e.g., TCP/IP, Routing, Networking, DHCP)
Relational Databases (e.g., MS SQL, Postgres)
Agile and DevOps concepts (e.g., Scrum, CI/CD)

  • A+, Net+, Sec+ or equivalent security certification
  • Must be able to work at least 40 hours Monday through Friday. Typical working hours would be within your local time zone or customer’s time zone. In addition, you must be flexible to accommodate customer change control windows during off hours, nights, and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel up to 85% when required.

Requirements: Education/Experience

  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited university in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, Business, and/or an equivalent of 1-3 years of similar job experience
  • 1-3 years of IT automation and/or IT operational experience
  • Certifications in one or more IT Automation, IT Operations, and/or IT Service Management areas such as A+, Security+, Network+, Linux+, Splunk, Gitlab, ServiceNow

Company Perks:
Here are some awesome perks we offer to our team members:

  • You'll receive a PC laptop and lab equipment to fuel your work.
  • Stay connected with company-paid cell phone coverage and home internet.
  • Take care of yourself with comprehensive medical insurance coverage.
  • Plan for the future and build your savings with a 401K retirement plan and enjoy the added perk of 401(k) matching.
  • Never stop growing! We provide continuous training to support your professional development.
  • Relocation assistance

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule: Monday to Friday


  • CI/CD: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Programming: 1 year (Preferred)

Willingness to travel: Up to 85% (Required)

Work Location: Remote

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

Compensation package:

  • Bonus opportunities

Experience level:

  • 1 year
  • Under 1 year

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Python: 1 year (Preferred)
  • JavaScript: 1 year (Preferred)


  • CompTIA A+ (Preferred)
  • CompTIA Network+ (Preferred)
  • CompTIA Security+ (Preferred)
  • CCNA (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 75% (Required)

Work Location: Remote