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Portland General Electric IT Network Solution Architect / Senior IT Network Solution Architect in Portland, Oregon

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

We're hiring for a position open to both Career and Senior level candidates. The level will be determined based on the successful applicant's qualifications, experience, and demonstrated skills during the interview process.

IT Network Solution Architect / Senior IT Network Solution Architect

Job Function

Solutions Architecture Designs and develops IT architecture (integrated process, applications, data and technology) solutions to business problems in alignment with the enterprise architecture direction and standards. Performs technical planning, architecture development and modification of specifications. Researches and develops specifications for new products/services, applications, and service offerings. Assesses the compatibility and integration of products/services proposed as standards to ensure an integrated architecture across interdependent technologies.

Key Job Information

IT Solutions Architect

Career Level: P3

Career Professional Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conformance Review (CORE) Conducts formal reviews of activities, processes, products or services. Collects, collates, and examines records as part of specified testing strategies for evidence of compliance with management directives or the identification of abnormal occurrences. Analyzes evidence collated and drafts part or all of formal reports commenting on the conformance found to exist in the reviewed part of an information systems environment.

  • User Experience Evaluation (USEV) Plans and performs all types of evaluation to check that stakeholder and organizational requirements have been met, choosing between formative and summative usability tests. Selects and administers moderated or unmoderated usability tests. Tests developing systems to ensure compatibility with user requirements, tasks, and environment as defined in agreed specifications. Checks systems in use for changes in organizational, user, other stakeholder and usability needs and to ensure that these needs continue to be met. Assesses the stability of requirements against changes in context of use. Interprets and presents results of evaluations to design team(s), prioritizing usability issues.

  • Solution Architecture (ARCH) Uses appropriate tools, including logical models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of systems architectures in specific business or functional areas. Produces detailed component specifications and translates these into detailed designs for implementation using selected products. Within a business change program, assists in the preparation of technical plans and cooperates with business assurance and project staff to ensure that appropriate technical resources are made available. Provides advice on technical aspects of system development and integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensures that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) are applied correctly.

  • Systems Design (DESN) Recommends/designs structures and tools for systems which meet business needs and consider target environment, performance security requirements and existing systems. Delivers technical visualization of proposed applications for approval by customer and execution by system developers. Translates logical designs into physical designs and produces detailed design documentation. Maps work to user specification and removes errors and deviations from specification to achieve user-friendly processes.

  • Emerging Technology Monitoring (EMRG) Maintains awareness of opportunities provided by new technology to address challenges or to enable new ways of working. Within own sphere of influence, works to further organizational goals by the study and use of emerging technologies and products. Contributes to briefings and presentations about their relevance and potential value to the organization.

Education/Experience/Certifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering management or equivalent work experience in related discipline.

  • Typically, five or more years in related field.

  • TOGAF, ITIL, ARCHIMATE certification preferred.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

  • Intermediate knowledge of quality and conformance frameworks Intermediate knowledge of specification and design of information systems.

  • Basic knowledge of emerging technologies.

  • Working knowledge of the business areas and functions Intermediate knowledge of IT/business strategies.

General Competencies

  • Intermediate customer focus skills.

  • Intermediate accuracy skills.

  • Intermediate risk management skills.

  • Intermediate oral and written communication skills.

  • Intermediate interpersonal skills.

  • Intermediate decision-making skills.

  • Intermediate organization and prioritization skills.

Physical and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks.

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards.

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks.

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment.

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress.

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change.

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback. Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement.

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks.

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization. Demonstrates sound memory.

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks.

Senior IT Solutions Architect

Key Job Information

Senior IT Solutions Architect

Career Level: P4

Specialist Professional Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead functional teams or projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conformance Review (CORE) Plans formal reviews of activities, processes, products or services. Evaluates and independently appraises the internal control of automated business processes based on investigative evidence and assessments undertaken by self or team. Ensures that independent appraisals follow agreed procedure and advises others on the review process. Provides advice to management on ways of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their control mechanisms. Identifies and evaluates associated risks and how they can be reduced.

  • User Experience Evaluation (USEV) Advises on achievement of usability (including health and safety and accessibility) of specific visual design approaches and their suitability for different audiences. Advises on what to evaluate and type of evaluation. Manages evaluation of systems, products or services to assure that the stakeholder and organizational requirements have been met, required practice has been followed and systems in use continue to meet organizational and user needs. Evaluates design aspects of web tenders and proposals, including wireframes and mock-ups. Ensures that the results of evaluations are understood by system developers. Influences design teams to take action on the findings of usability tests.

  • Solution Architecture (ARCH) Uses appropriate tools, including logical models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of systems architectures in specific business or functional areas. Produces detailed component specifications and translates these into detailed designs for implementation using selected products. Within a business change program, assists in the preparation of technical plans and cooperates with business assurance and project staff to ensure that appropriate technical resources are made available. Provides advice on technical aspects of system development and integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensures that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) are applied correctly.

  • Systems Design (DESN) Specifies and designs large or complex systems. Selects appropriate design standards, methods and tools consistent with agreed enterprise and solution architectures and ensures they are applied effectively. Reviews others' systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Contributes to policy for selection of architecture components. Evaluates and undertakes impact analysis on major design options and assesses and manages associated risks. Ensures that the system design balances functional, service quality, security and systems management requirements.

  • Emerging Technology Monitoring (EMRG) Monitors the market to gain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies. Identifies new and emerging hardware and software technologies and products based on own area of expertise, assesses their relevance and potential value to the organization and contributes to briefings of staff and management.

  • Consultancy (CNSL) Takes responsibility for understanding client requirements, collecting data, delivering analysis and problem resolution. Identifies, evaluates and recommends options, implementing if required. Collaborates with and facilitates stakeholder groups as part of formal or informal consultancy agreements. Seeks to fully address client needs, enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of client personnel, by ensuring that proposed solutions are properly understood and appropriately exploited.

Education/Experience/Certifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering management or equivalent work experience in related discipline.

  • Typically, eight or more years in related field.

  • TOGAF, ITIL, ARCHIMATE certification preferred.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of quality and conformance frameworks.

  • Advanced knowledge of specification and design of information systems.

  • Advanced knowledge of emerging technologies.

  • Intermediate knowledge of the business areas and functions.

  • Intermediate knowledge of IT/business strategies.

General Competencies

  • Advanced customer focus skills.

  • Advanced accuracy skills.

  • Advanced risk management skills.

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.

  • Advanced interpersonal skills.

  • Advanced decision-making skills.

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills.

  • Advanced meeting facilitation skills.

  • Advanced team-building skills.

Physical and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks.

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards.

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks.

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment.

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress.

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change.

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback.

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement.

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks.

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization.

  • Demonstrates sound memory.

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks.

Required for both Levels

Schedule/Attendance

  • Ability to adhere to pre-established schedule, including start/stop time and break/lunch schedule.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work shift schedule.

  • Ability to work on-call schedule.

Physical Capabilities

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Driving/travel/commute: Overnight inside/outside the service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor (check all that apply):

  • Office

PGE supports hybrid flexible work arrangements; and will have a combination of in-the-office and working offsite. This individual will need to be located within 75 miles from job location and will need to work in-the-office at least one day a week. However, these arrangements may change due to business needs or changes in responsibility.

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Compensation Range:

$96,300.00 - $189,875.00

Actual total compensation, including a performance based incentive bonus, is commensurate with experience, skills, qualifications, education, training, and internal equity. While we anticipate the selected candidate for this position will fall towards the middle or entry point of the compensation range, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future. To find out more, click here (https://portlandgeneral.com/hrcs5511) .

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PGE does not discriminate on the basis of disability. We recognize individuals have a variety of abilities to offer and we believe there is much to value and celebrate by incorporating different abilities into the work we do. One very important way we live this out is in our application and interview process. We work hard to support individuals who may need an accommodation to fully participate in these processes. If you feel you may need an accommodation, or would like to request one, please notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter) associated with the job posting. You may also make this request by contacting talentacquisition@pgn.com or by calling 503-464-7250. The Recruiter will provide information and next steps for the accommodation process. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team is also available for support. You can contact them at dei@pgn.com .

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