Cloud Security Architect at Paylocity (Remote)

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Many companies offer payroll and human capital management (HCM) solutions, but Paylocity takes technology to the next level. We've evolved beyond HCM to a next-generation employee experience platform. With uniquely designed solutions to help companies engage employees, we've changed how and where work gets done and created a personalized work environment. Join Paylocity as we continue to transform the future of technology!
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Position Overview:
The Cloud Security Architect is responsible for planning, evaluation, and implementation of security controls across the Paylocity environment. You will act as a security expert within a growing, collaborative team in a cutting-edge HR and payroll tech company. You'll keep abreast of the latest technologies in a hands-on role that also provides a unique opportunity to shape the future direction and design of our systems. The ideal candidate is passionate about technology and the opportunity to play a foundational role in a new team is self-motivated and has great communication skills.
Location: Remote
Reports To: Manager, Security Engineering
The Cloud Security Architect is responsible for maintaining the security and integrity of Paylocity's systems and networks to prevent and reduce security risk. This includes leading providing architectural patterns for safe conduct, evaluating networks and integrations for technical risk, and working with other teams to implement security controls.
Objective Areas:
  • Act as a key contributor to identifying strategic initiatives to mature the enterprise security tools and architectural patterns.
  • Contribute to the development of an architecture committee to help the evaluation of proposed architectural changes, security control considerations, and driving secure best practices throughout the enterprise.
  • Develop a process to assess our cloud and on-prem infrastructure for security risks, providing recommendations to our product and technology teams to help further enhance our security posture.
  • Manages major security projects and initiatives to their successful conclusion, on time and at or under budget.
  • Actively manages the expectations of internal partners related to security service delivery.
  • Continuously works to improve the quality, efficiency, and consistency of application security service delivery.
  • Partners well with other teams within the Information Security department and their managers to seamlessly deliver services or projects jointly.
  • Utilizes a risk-based approach to prioritize the efforts of the Information Security organization and internal teams we depend upon to execute work.
  • Maximizes the utilization of limited resources and leverages automation to increase capacity where feasible.
  • Stays on top of changes in Paylocity's internal technical architecture to identify changes in areas of excessive risk and to assist with resource allocation.
  • Regularly communicates the current status of service delivery, projects, initiatives to security management as needed.
  • Treats identified security gaps with a sense of urgency that they deserve.
  • Experience in implementing and managing the following platforms and tools:
    • Hybrid (on-prem and cloud) application security
    • AWS, Azure, or other cloud providers and depth with their respective services (AWS EC2, S3, RDS, IAM, Storage Gateway, Lambda, KMS, ECS/EKS preferred)
    • API Security and common application connection patterns
    • Serverless and cloud native application security
    • Docker and Kubernetes (registry controls, image hardening, network policies)
    • Identity services and authN/authZ (Active Directory, AWS Cognito, Okta)
    • Web app session management (Cookies, Tokens, etc.)
    • Web Application Firewalls (AWS Shield, F5 ASM, Imperva, etc.)
    • DevSecOps deployment models and best practices
    • .NET, C#, etc. programming experience
    • Redis, NoSQL, or other database experience

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in InfoSec, Computer Science, or a related preferred
  • Minimum 6+ years of experience in Security Architecture or a similar role
  • Solid understanding of NIST Cybersecurity and MITRE ATT&CK frameworks.
  • Working ability to write scripts and automation such as CloudFormation, Ansible Playbooks, or Terraform.
  • Strongly prefer at least 1 relevant security-related certification. Examples of relevant security-related certification are as follows:
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • GIAC Security Expert (GSE)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • AWS Professional Certification (Architect or DevOps)
  • AWS Certified Security Specialty
  • Certified Kubernetes Security Specialty
  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator or Developer
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Paylocity is an equal opportunity employer.
Paylocity is committed to the full inclusion of all individuals. We comply with federal and state disability laws and make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation in the job application or interview process, please contact [email protected]
This role can be performed from any office in the US. The pay range for this position in Colorado is $120,000 - $175,000 /yr; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This position is eligible for an annual bonus and restricted stock unit grant based on individual performance in addition to a full range of benefits outlined here. This information is provided per the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via
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What are Paylocity Perks + Benefits

Paylocity Benefits Overview

Our commitment to hiring the best and brightest employees with a “talent anywhere” strategy means that no matter where you’re located around the country, you can be a part of our growing tech department

• Enjoy an attitude of trust to work remotely, manage your own schedule and be productive
• Work in small, cross-functional product-oriented teams
• Showcase development progress in two-week sprints with strong executive involvement
• Embrace the freedom to innovate, voice opinions and share new ideas

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We have a talent anywhere culture, where employees can work anywhere in the US and/or work from one of three US offices located in Illinois, Florida, and Idaho
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of Paylocity

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I work fully remote, but even filtered through computer screens the Paylocity vibe is palpable. The values we’ve committed to upholding as a company resonate deeply with everyone that works here, which means they come to life in every interaction. We are professional yet FUN, savvy yet approachable, and relaxed yet extremely driven.


Talent Acquisition Partner

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started as a Government Relations Specialist and now I am a Government Relations Project Manager. I wouldn't have been able to do this without a supportive, team, company work/life balance, and investing in one's career with a deeper lens. I have seen myself grow a lot throughout these years at Paylocity and look forward to more.


Government Relations Project Manager

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

Before Paylocity, I struggled with work/life balance and boundaries. My manager is incredibly flexible and adjusts workloads to ensure we never reach a burnout situation. If I ever need to adjust my schedule to take a kid to the doctor, or take PTO, there's never an issue. I'm much happier after coming to Paylocity and finding that balance!


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