Junior SSL Certificate Engineer

Information Technology VA, United States


Position at Windward Consulting

Windward Consulting is at the forefront of Service-Centric IT. With strategic consulting, unparalleled technical expertise and our proven Windward Service-Centric IT RoadMap, we help our clients align the core competencies of process, organization, information and technology to run the most sensitive and mission-critical IT environments in the world.
Windward is seeking a Junior SSL Certificate Engineer to join our team.  A qualified candidate has experience in digital certificate/key management. The candidate will have the ability to contribute to a team in defining processes and tool enhancements for a Certificate Management system. The candidate must be able to work in a team environment, taking tasking from a team lead and being able to act independently and take ownership of their tasks to completion.  Responsibilities include working closely with other teams to align initiatives with the collective IT strategy to ensure that we meet business goals.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Consult with other members of business unit and technical users to identify PKI requirements and develop requirements documentation 
  • Contribute to the technical direction on all areas of PKI architecture, strategies, automation and enforce governance & standards 
  • Stay informed of browser support standards (distrust of issuers, algorithms, and ciphers) for potential impact to the organization's certificate inventory 
  • Process fulfillment requests (Service requests/Catalog tasks)
  • Manages all SSL/TLS Certificates associated with the Certificate Authority (CA)
  • Monitor Public (External) and Managed PKI (Private/Internal) CA SSL/TLS Certificates for upcoming expiration dates
  • Monitor all expiry notifications to ensure no issues result from Certificate expiration
  • Revoke SSL Certificates which are no longer being used in both Managed PKI and Public CA portals
  • Interact directly with CA vendor/s and IT customers for troubleshooting of certificate and key related issues
  • Update and maintain runbook and process guides for requesting and distributing certificates to various applications teams

Qualifications and experience:

  • Knowledge of X.509 and general certificate management processes 
  • Experience with public key infrastructure (PKI) and experience with certificate life cycle management, such as Venafi
  • Experience with Microsoft Certificate Services 
  • Experience with Public Certificate Authority providers 
  • Certification and experience in IT operational standards such as ITIL v3 preferred.
  • Ability to gather and convey information to stakeholders
  • Strong analytical, technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to influence change across a matrix organization and collaborate with business and technology teams to deliver solutions
  • 4+ years' experience working in Information Technology
  • 2+ years' experience working in Security
  • Understands how the IT group operates and how his/her role meets customer needs and creates value
  • Candidate must have general knowledge regarding cryptographic methodologies and processes within IT organizations
  • General understanding of cryptographic keys, symmetric and asymmetric keys, cryptographic key algorithms and cipher blocks
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Location: Vienna, VA

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, or a related field; or equivalent experience/ combination of education and experience.

Travel: No


Windward strives to attract and retain the best individuals and provide an environment where they can all grow professionally and build a rewarding career. We continually strive to create an environment that balances work life and offers benefits that will enhance the compensation package. We offer Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance and AD&D, as well as the option to purchase additional Life Insurance and AD&D, Paid Time Off, Personal Leave, Holidays, 401(k) plan with company match and work/life balance.


Windward is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital or veteran status.

WINDWARD CONSULTING GROUP, INC. (WINDWARD) PROVIDES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY WITHOUT REGARD TO AN APPLICANT’S COLOR, RACE, SEX, PREGNANCY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, RELIGION, MARITAL STATUS, GENETIC INFORMATION, VETERAN STATUS, OR ANY OTHER CHARACTERISTICS PROTECTED BY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW. WE WILL CONSIDER THIS APPLICATION ACTIVE FOR 90 DAYS AFTER OUR RECEIPT. THEREAFTER, YOU MUST REAPPLY IF FURTHER INTERESTED IN EMPLOYMENT. I CERTIFY THAT ALL ANSWERS GIVEN BY ME ARE TRUE, ACCURATE AND COMPLETE, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE FALSIFICATION, MISREPRESENTATION OR OMISSION OF ANY FACT ON THIS APPLICATION (OR ANY OTHER ACCOMPANYING OR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS) OR PROVIDED ORALLY, WILL BE CAUSE FOR DENIAL OF EMPLOYMENT OR IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT, REGARDLESS OF WHEN OR HOW DISCOVERED. The application will be given every consideration, but its receipt does not imply that the applicant will be employed. In exchange for the Company’s considering my application for employment, I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application and any supporting documents. I authorize Windward to secure information about my experience from former employers, educational institutions, government agencies, or any references I have provided, and for those parties to provide information concerning my experience, and I hereby release all parties from any liability arising from such investigation. In exchange for the Company’s considering my application for employment, I hereby authorize my former employer to release to Windward any personnel information and records, favorable or otherwise, which my employer has kept regarding my employment, including my work performance. I understand that Windward may retain photocopies of my records for its files, whether I am offered employment or not. I hereby release all parties, including my former employer and Windward from any liability arising from the release, review and retention of any records pertaining to me.