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Security Operations Center (SOC) Team Lead (Contract to Hire)

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Security Operations Center (SOC) Team Lead (Contract to Hire)
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San Diego,  CA
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Security Operations Center (SOC) Team Lead (Contract to Hire)

San Diego, CA


Talent Orchard LLC, a boutique talent acquisition consulting firm, has partnered with a globally focused software and infrastructure services company to municipality customers in CA and TX on an IT security project.  This is contract role to hire. Must be able to work locally in San Diego, CA, at the client site. Will consider W-2, 1099 or C2C.


Overview of role:


This is a team leader position with high visibility and significant responsibility supporting the SOC. This individual is responsible for providing direction, leadership, and mentorship to technical and non-technical personnel within the operations environment. The individual should have excellent customer service, analytical and troubleshooting skills along with the ability to work under pressure. It is a key requirement of this position to be able to quickly and efficiently resolve security issues while maintaining high levels of operational metrics. It is imperative that support for internal colleagues is provided as well to include, but not be limited to, supporting escalated ticket-based work, providing training on various security devices and concepts, and creating documentation to better achieve operational goals.


Responsibilities of the SOC Team Lead:

  • Responsible for leading a team of personnel in a SOC environment
  • Be able to prioritize and direct workflow
  • Addressing technical and non-technical escalations
  • Coordinate and schedule shift coverage, and assign resources for special projects
  • Meet service level agreements
  • Help establish and enforce policy and procedure
  • Coach and mentor all levels of skills sets within the team


Your background will look like this:

  • Education Level Preferred: Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Systems Special consideration given to relevant industry certifications Possess current certifications for enterprise level security platforms
  • Minimum of 10 years IT security experience in mid-sized to large IT organizations.
  • Prior history of leading a SOC is highly desired.
  • Must have experience with security-related technologies including active directory, host-based firewalls, host-based intrusion detection systems, application white listing, server configuration controls, logging and monitoring tools, antivirus, and antivirus systems, network monitoring and network-based security facilities.
  • Extensive experience with firewall technology
  • Extensive experience managing operational teams
  • Past experience managing crisis teams and performing incident response
  • Generally familiar with basic scripting/programming: Examples such as: PERL, BASH, SQL, PYTHON, JSON, YAML
  • Ability to coach and mentor all levels of skillsets within the team
  • Intermediate to advanced level device configuration changes, network troubleshooting, and security-related issues
  • Advanced knowledge of Linux administration with command line and system knowledge
  • Excellent problem solving skills and keen ability to diagnose and troubleshoot technical issues
  • Dedication to client service and passion for learning
  • Well spoken, articulate, attention to detail, with excellent writing abilities
  • Must be able to communicate technical details in a clear manner
  • Ability to manage multiple projects


Preferred Certifications: (Any)

  • CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)
  • CCNA/CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Associate/Professional)
  • CGIH (Certified GIAC Incident Handler)
  • GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst)
  • GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler)
  • OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional)
  • CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
  • CISA (Certified Information System Auditor)
  • ITIL v3 Foundations
  • Sumo Logic (User, Power user, Power Admin, and Security Power User)
  • Palo Alto (PCCSA, PCNSA, PCNSE)
  • Any OS level type of Certifications: Windows, Unix, Linux
  • Cloud Platform Certifications including: AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Google GCP, Microsoft Azure



Talent Orchard LLC is an SBA (8A), Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business, and Woman Business Enterprise Certified firm that provides the following services to clients in the commercial and public service sectors:

  • Human Capital
  • Professional Services
  • Accounting/Audit Readiness
  • Network/Cyber Security & IT Infrastructure
  • Software Development/Engineering


Established in 2010, Talent Orchard has an exceptional reputation, providing staffing solutions to time-sensitive, talent scarcity issues to deliver better talent management ROI.  Our specialty lies in the critical area of program talent acquisition and resource management, not in one narrow skillset, but across many areas of technical and functional delivery.


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