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Consumers Energy Software Engineer in ADRIAN, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

This position has opportunities to work in a virtual/onsite hybrid work environment. Consumers Energy has facilities all around the state of Michigan (Lower Peninsula only). Candidate must be located within 60 miles of a Consumers Energy Service Center OR willing to relocate.

General Summary

Typically employees in this job are required to design or maintain technology systems, to utilize various computer software programs, and to design, develop and/or provide advice and counsel on the processes and procedures the software supports. This role includes Application Development, Infrastructure, Information Security, and Architecture.

May have supervisory responsibility for non-exempt employees or contractors; limited budgetary responsibility or impact (in both size and scope).

Leadership skills are developing; day-to-day supervisory activities are evaluated on a frequent basis by area/department management.

Essential Functions

  • Works closely with department managers and users to define and analyze business and operational problems, process improvement opportunities and requirements

  • Uses operational and business mandates and legal requirements

  • Identifies and analyzes complex, ambiguous and/or conflicting business process issues

  • Advises department managers on applications development, enhancement and maintenance issues

  • Explains technology and process options and assists managers in analysis and decision making

  • Analyzes management information needs and recommends data and reporting processes

  • Coordinates the development of department priorities and works within IT to align initiatives to these priorities

  • Facilitates user meetings and joint development sessions

  • Works with users to reengineer work processes

  • Analyzes functional business requirements and translates user expectations into detailed business requirements, specifications and success criteria; works with managers to develop conceptual proposals for business process automation initiatives

  • Recommends work process and/or operational changes to complement system functionalities

  • Serves as an advocate for department needs with IT

  • Stays abreast of developments in departmental processes to anticipate emerging technology needs

  • Develops significant application/hardware solutions to problems

  • Analyzes and troubleshoots complex and sometimes urgent applications problems and errors

  • Takes action or communicates solutions to problems

  • Answers technical questions and provides guidance to users on system functionalities and methods for correcting problems

  • Data analytics and Reporting

  • Use data from various sources (SQL Server, spreadsheets, JSON, etc) to build reports to be used by the business. Tools used for these reports include but are not limited to Python, SQL Server Mgmt Studio, Excel, and Power BI

  • Software Development including Coding/Programming

  • Coding and reviewing software/web development using VB .Net, SQL, Python, VBA, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS as well as developing JSON REST and SOAP services with other business partners including IT / SAP

  • Software Troubleshooting

  • Replicate and identify bugs as reported by users in production or testing environments, communicate the issue, and resolve them

  • Technical Support to the business

  • Support the users when they are finding it difficult to understand how the software and technology works from a technical and business standpoint


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, or Mathematics

  • At least 1 year of applicable experience

  • Experience in lieu of education will be considered (9+ years)

  • Ability to independently evaluate, select & apply information technology theory.

  • Knowledge and/or experience in utility operations

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to solve a range of straightforward problems

  • Basic knowledge of SQL, Python, C#, .NET, and similar programming languages

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.