Security Associate Design Engineer

  • May 13, 2024

SM&W’s Security Associates are responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of traditional and emerging physical security technology and advanced systems for the most prestigious clients in the world. The candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team of IT, Audiovisual, Medical Equipment Planners, and Acoustical engineers from our NYC office location to provide innovative solutions possible within the client’s project constraints. We are looking for professionals who have a solid working understanding and documented experience to work within highly integrated electronic security systems. The preferred candidate will prepare security designs in support of a broad base of project opportunities. Additional working knowledge of IT infrastructure and/or network design is a plus.  This is a NYC-based hybrid position that will include client-facing requirements and the ability to converse with technical and nontechnical client representatives to develop project deliverables, and thus experience in these areas is highly desirable.

Hand-in-glove technical skills go beyond the requirements for project management.  At SM&W project management readily encompasses opportunities for not just a single discipline but all our disciplines.   Our staff are more than encouraged to become involved in multidiscipline management. A high-level understanding of the other disciplines is encouraged for attending meetings while representing your core discipline as well as representing the other disciplines engaged in the project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Project responsibility through all phases of design and coordination from budgets, conceptual/schematic design through construction documents.
  • Review, evaluate, and update drawings and product submittals, and prepare technical specifications for installation methods and components.
  • Coordinate security system layouts and designs with internal and/or external partner teams.
  • High level of proven communications capability to manage client relationships, project team coordination, and design team project management.
  • Play an integral role in the security implementation process, acting as the primary point of contact between the security integrator, the project team, and the client to ensure a successful implementation.
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of industry standards, methodologies, processes, and best practices and their impact on the project and operational goals.
  • Provide disciplinary guidance and support between the SM&W ICT groups, Medical Equipment Planning, and Acoustical teams to yield unified design concepts and functional systems.
  • Work with a team of technical staff and provide mentorship to aid in their growth and development.
  • Serve as a global resource for the firm where your specialties are required.
  • Assist in the preparation of marketing materials and presentations, cultivating active and potential client relationships and business development.
  • 5-10% domestic and international travel may be required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 5-10 years of experience
  • 4-year Engineering degree or equivalent relevant security experience required
  • Excellent writing, listening, and verbal communication skills, with a strong commitment to continuous learning and team collaboration.
  • Strong knowledge of architectural drawing, technology, security, video, access control, and integrated security systems designs.
  • Must be proactive with excellent time management skills and be capable of working independently as well as leading a project team.
  • Conscientious and flexible, with a strong work ethic and team-leader attitude in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work well under strict deadlines, interface effectively with management, and handle multiple requests.
  • Functional knowledge of BIM/Revit desirable
  • Functional knowledge of the Bluebeam PDF tool
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite/Office 365
  • Proven record of developing security systems design using emerging technologies.
  • Project Management Certifications a plus.


Certifications/Memberships:  One or more desired

  • American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS)
  • CPP (Certified Protection Professional)
  • PSP (Physical Security Professional)
  • IAPSC (International Association of Professional Security Consultants)

Career Growth:   Tremendous opportunities to grow within an organization that is amongst the most recognized, innovative, and trusted multidisciplinary consulting service firms in the world.   We are a firm that values and respects our staff, fosters an environment that encourages learning and growth and is committed to the success of our employees.

Health Benefits / Work-life balance:

At SM&W, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design.  We encourage our employees to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Individual and Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • A generous Paid Time Off Program (PTO)
  • Hybrid work schedules – 3 days in the office or on the job site, 2 days remote

Professional Development:

We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.  As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, SM&W offers:

  • Training and professional development programs and incentives
  • Continued Professional Development
  • SM&W University Learning & Development Program
  • Mentoring Programs

Annual Salary Range: $90,000 – $110,000

The range listed is just one component of your total compensation package for employees. Individual compensation decisions are based on several factors, including experience, level, skillset, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company. We recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted. In these situations, the updated salary range will be communicated to you as a candidate.

Contact Information:  For immediate consideration, please e-mail your resume to     Ref: NY SC

Shen Milsom & Wilke, LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives.  We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities and do not discriminate against race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Employees or applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities.

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