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Entergy Platform Engineer (Cloud FinOps) in Houston, Texas

Platform Engineer (Cloud FinOps)

Date: May 16, 2024

Location: The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Company: Entergy

Posting End Date:

Work Place Flexibility: Hybrid

Legal Entity: Entergy Services, LLC

This position will be filled as a Platform Engineer or Platform Engineer Sr depending on the selected candidate's qualifications and experience

This role may be filled in The Woodlands, TX or New Orleans, LA

Job Summary/Purpose

The role of the Platform Engineer (Cloud FinOps) is to lead the Artificial Intelligence department’s Platform Engineering FinOps and Cloud Cost Management efforts in support of the products we create. This role will work in an integrated DevOps model to provide product ownership for the technology and tools to enable cloud cost management. They will adopt a Platform as a Product mentality and operate with agile product development principles to improve the current platforms and build new ones. This role will own our cost management program and be instrumental in optimizing cloud resources, ensure efficient usage and implement strategies to control costs.

AI products to be built upon the AI Platform are a combination of software, data, and other digital tools that automate work processes. AI products may leverage a combination of analytics tools to automate decision making such as descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics models. AI products may also leverage a combination of automation tools such as robotic process automation. AI products may also include generative AI tools, providing a conversational interface to AI products.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Comprehensive Cloud Cost Optimization: This role will handle all aspects of cloud costs. This includes implementing a cost management program to ensure optimal resource allocation and cost efficiency.

  • Usage Monitoring and Analysis: The role will own products such as Kubecost that will help monitor and analyze our cloud usage patterns to help identify opportunities for optimization and cost reduction.

  • Cost Modeling and Forecasting: Develop and maintain cost forecast models for different cloud services to facilitate accurate forecasting. Work with the PMO to book accruals for cloud costs.

  • Implement Cost Controls, Policies, and Allocation: Design and implement cost controls and policies to manage and limit spending on cloud services. This includes working with cross-functional teams to ensure adherence to cost management guidelines.

  • Cloud Bill Allocation: This role will work with PMO to allocate the monthly cloud bill to the respective users of cloud services. This includes differentiating non-prod from prod workloads to allocate non-prod costs to development efforts and working with engineering to make sure things are tagged correctly.

  • Recommendation and Reporting: Provide regular reports and recommendations on cost optimization and strategies to key stakeholders.

  • Cloud Service Selection and Sizing: Work with architects, engineering, and planning/delivery to estimate cloud costs for new products. Work with engineering teams to select right sized cloud resources for workload requirements.

  • Collaboration and Communication: Work closely with engineering teams to understand application requirements and ensure the platform meetings performance and scalability needs.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum education required of the position

Bachelor’s Degree in a technical or business-related field or the equivalent work experience. Advanced degree or equivalent experience is a plus.

Minimum experience required of the position

Platform Engineer: 5+ years of progressive experience in technology roles

Platform Engineer Sr: 7+ years of progressive experience in technology roles

  • Experience in developing and implementing cloud cost optimization strategies.

  • Proven experience as a Cloud Cost Management Engineer or similar role.

  • Proven experience with Cloud Architecture in AWS and Azure.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  • Well-organized with good written and verbal communication, reporting and presentation skills.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Knowledge of cloud pricing models and billing structures.

  • Working knowledge in all areas of technology (infrastructure, applications, software development, end-user platforms, IT operations).

  • Good understanding of how the utility business operates.

  • Existing positive working relationships with existing business leadership.

  • Understand the basics of analytics and how it might be used to solve problems.

  • Excellent meeting facilitation skills.

  • Self-motivated, team player, action and results oriented.

Any certificates, licenses, etc. required for the position

AWS Certifications for [Cloud Practitioner, DevOps Engineer and/or Solutions Architect] are a plus

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Primary Location: Texas - The Woodlands Louisiana : New Orleans || Texas : Houston || Texas : The Woodlands

Job Function : Professional

FLSA Status : Exempt

Relocation Option: No Relocation Offered

Union description/code : Non Bargaining Unit

Number of Openings : 1

Req ID: 114302

Travel Percentage : Up to 25%

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please clickhere (https://jobs.entergy.com/content/EEO/?locale=en_US) to view the EEO page, or see statements below.

EEO Statement: The Entergy System of Companies provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The Entergy System of Companies complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The Entergy System of Companies expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the Entergy System of Company employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Accessibility: Entergy provides reasonable accommodations for online applicants. Requests for a reasonable accommodation may be made orally or in writing by an applicant, employee, or third party on his or her behalf. If you are an individual with a disability and you are in need of an accommodation for the recruiting process please click here (humanr@entergy.com?subject=Accessibility) and provide your name, contact number, the accommodation requested and the requisition number that you are requesting the accommodation for. Employee Services will contact you regarding your request.

Additional Responsibilities: As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.

Entergy Pay Transparency Policy Statement: The Entergy System of Companies (the Company) will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the Company’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c). Equal Opportunity (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/manual/fccm/2l-equal-opportunity-clauses-and-other-requirements/2l00-equal-opportunity) and Pay Transparency (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OFCCP/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf) .

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Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision (dol.gov) (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf)

The non-confidential portions of the affirmative action program for individuals with disabilities and protected veterans shall be available for inspection upon request by any employee or applicant for employment. Please contact HRCompliance@entergy.com to schedule a time to review the affirmative action plan during regular office hours.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.

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