IT Solutions Architect (6695)

Portland Metro Area, OR

Posted: 11/09/2018 Employment Type: Consulting Job Number: JN -112018-6695
Evo is seeking an IT Solutions Architect for our downtown Portland Client. The IT Solution Architect (SA) reports to the Divisional CIO for Smart Grid Operations and is responsible for leading the information technology architecture function including infrastructure, cloud, platforms, products, applications, integration, security and user experience for the client's Integrated Grid initiative and for the Smart Grid Division. The key area of responsibility will be providing leadership on both strategic and tactical issues facing the Integrated Grid Initiative, so that economies of scale, shared thought processes, architectural approach and intellectual capital are realized. This contract opportunity is scheduled to be 1-year.

DUTIES:
  • Work with key technology and business leaders to establish and ensure consistent, disciplined use of technologies, including goals, policies, standards and priorities across the initiative
  • Drive the organization's targeted business outcomes through the choice of technology programs, projects and initiatives
    • Apply existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models
    • Monetize and operationalize new technologies
  • Foster linkage between application development, infrastructure and data, while employing SaaS, IaaS, APIs, microservices and analytics to deliver business value
  • Lead analysis of the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement
    • Provide perspective on the readiness of the organization to change and innovate
  • Research and Understand Technology and Nontechnology Trends within the Integrated Grid
    • Scan the world for major disruptive technology and nontechnology trends (trendspotting) that affect business
    • Provide practical advice and best practices to overcome these challenges and successfully deliver the expected business outcomes
  • Ensure communication of architecture issues, training, events, standards, policies and overall architecture strategy
    • Execute functional business plans and contribute to the development of functional strategies.
  • Proactively and holistically lead responses to disruptive forces by identifying and analyzing the execution of change toward the desired business vision and targeted outcomes
  • Improve total cost of ownership via the implementation of an improved architecture strategy that enables identification of issues very early in the development process
    • Work closely with the business units to develop plans for the rationalization of systems to reduce cost and improve effectiveness
  • Decisions are guided by company strategy and objectives
  • Works closely with the Overall Program Manager, the Smart Grid Operations IT organization, and leadership and SME's from business units involved in the initiative to design the to-be technical landscape for the Integrated Grid Initiative, including interim technical landscapes that build towards the project s end-state
  • Evaluate and document the as-is Integrated Grid technologies supporting current efforts, their interactions, data flows, and integrations
    • Integrating recommendations from software vendors, consultants, and peer utilities, SA will recommend solutions, sequencing, and implementation strategies that lower the overall NPV of the initiative, optimize delivery, reduce execution risk, and align the impacts to employees with the client's overall Integrated Grid timelines and business value
  • SA will demonstrate deep understanding of Integrated Grid business operations and the requirements of the various Integrated Grid initiatives and the business units that they support
    • SA will translate business objectives into the solutions that they design
  • SA will identify opportunities to use out-of-the-box functionality and business processes that cost-effectively deliver business benefits while avoiding unnecessary technical work such as customizations
  • Lead the management of the Initiative's Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM), relating vendor software, estimates of labor, and any objects to be developed to specific business value to be delivered by the Integrated Grid Initiative
    • Responsible for developing a process and methodology for updating the RTM on a periodic basis, reconciling changes to requirements, solutions, or estimating assumptions
  • Evaluate the Integrated Grid Initiative and recommend ways that the client can leverage technology to meet the business benefits of the Integrated Grid Initiative, ensure business results and improve internal and external customer experiences
    • This includes infrastructure changes, architecture initiatives and rationalization of applications, as well as integration of cybersecurity and IT platforms
    • The overarching purpose of this role is to build a forward-looking blueprint for technology, focusing on innovation and process improvement, while delivering actionable recommendations to help the company achieve its business objectives through optimized digital architecture
  • Responsible for adhering to the client's Enterprise Architecture (EA) processes, review and advisory protocols, and for leading the integration of those processes with the Integrated Grid Initiative
  • Develops and enacts a strategy that is innovative while utilizing cost-effective, pragmatic approaches in the use of technology to solve business problems and enable future-state business capabilities
    • Drives the organization's targeted business outcomes through the choice of programs, projects and initiatives the organization chooses to invest in
    • Practically applies existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models
    • Monetizes and operationalizes new technologies
SKILLS and REQUIREMENTS:
  • A minimum of 15 years of IT experience and three or more years of solution architecture experience
  • Five or more years of experience in at least three disciplines, such as business, information, solution or technical architecture, application development, middleware, information analysis, database management or operations in a multitier environment
  • Advanced knowledge in the information technology and information systems field, and an emphasis on distributed systems, systems architecture, cloud and new technology initiatives
  • Basic knowledge of electrical distribution, transmission and generation facilities
  • Advanced knowledge of the following utility-specific applications:
    • Geospatial Information System (GIS)
    • Outage Management (OMS)
    • Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)
    • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
    • Fault Location, Isolation, and restoration (FLISR) technologies
  • A track record of building and delivering technology and strategy solutions within infrastructure, applications, data and technology disciplines, ideally gained in a large, complex business in an information-rich environment where technology is an enabler
  • Master's or Bachelor's degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks
  • Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics
  • Exposure and understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture
  • Knowledge of business engineering principles and processes
  • Familiarity with basic graphical modeling approaches, tools and model repositories
  • Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Substantial ability to rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
  • Thinks, behaves and acts in an innovative consulting manner to drive the organization's digital business strategies
  • Advanced business acumen
  • Effective at driving short-term actions that are consistent with long-term goals
  • Excellent problem-solving, critical thinking, logic and analytical skills
  • Excellent diplomacy and negotiation skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, collaboration, influence, communication, facilitation and negotiation
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a diverse and/or integrated functional area
  • Substantial ability to represent the corporate position to external entities
  • Substantial ability to conceptualize technical and management principles and apply them to actual situations
  • Organizationally savvy, and understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics
  • Substantial ability to translate business needs into SA requirements
  • Substantial ability to estimate the financial impact of SA alternatives
  • Substantial Ability to apply multiple solutions to business problems
  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Advanced organizational and individual change leadership capability
  • Establishes processes or practices to encourage and reinforce innovation and change thinking
  • Substantial capability for delivering results
  • Enables higher performance by incrementally improving approaches based on calculated risks and benefits
  • Proactively seeks to improve processes and implement best-in-class solutions, raising quality and productivity in a calculated way
  • Identifies new processes and/or systems to improve productivity and/or make the business more efficient
  • Substantial ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks
  • Substantial ability to follow accuracy standards
  • Substantial ability to follow through on decision-making tasks
  • Substantial ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Substantial ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress
  • Substantial ability to respond and adapt to frequent change
  • Substantial ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback
  • Substantial ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement
  • Substantial ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks
  • Substantial ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization
  • Demonstrates sound memory
  • Substantial ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Ability to work a variable schedule
  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather
  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance
Applicants must be fully authorized to work in the U.S. and physically be in the U.S.
CORP-to-CORP requests will NOT be entertained.
Relocation assistance will not be available for this position.

Evo is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected factor.
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