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Avista Utilities Product Owner – Network Systems & Infrastructure in Spokane, Washington


Closes: Open until filledSalary: DOQ

Job Description

Avista is an energy leader in the Pacific Northwest. For over 130 years, we have been dedicated to delivering reliable energy service and the choices that matter most to our customers. Our purpose is to improve life’s quality with energy.

At Avista, we care about our people and we are hiring for a Product Owner to lead our Control Network Systems & Infrastructure agile team. This is a very rewarding and challenging opportunity for the right person which could be you!

The team looks forward to welcoming a person that is passionate about networks. The successful candidate will be a person who thrives in a fast-paced environment that encourages creativity, collaboration, and out-of-the-box thinking, enabling our business partners to deliver gas and electric service through our digital transformation.

The Product Owner at Avista facilitates an Agile team that works within the scrum framework to deliver value for various stakeholders and helps move our utility forward. The Product Owner leads the translation of business capability requirements into technical requirements and works with the business to prioritize the backlog at the program and project levels. The Product Owner encompasses both project management and product management skills. For this posting, we are hiring two Network Engineering Product Owners – one that specializes in the delivery of Enterprise Network Systems infrastructure & access, and another that specializes in the delivery of Control Network Systems infrastructure & access, including network transport systems.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive wages and generous benefits

  • Supportive team environment with opportunities for advancement

  • Industry stability and innovative company culture

  • Opportunity to work with a broad range of network use cases and technologies

  • Remote/Flexible work options


The ideal candidate will have experience delivering safe and reliable network systems and communication infrastructure for corporate enterprise and utility control networks, as well as general utility shared services. Product Owner and/or Scrum Master certification is a plus. Requires a BA/BS in business or technology related field, with 5 years of experience as a product owner, IT business analyst, scrum master, network engineer and/or product manager in a network systems or business technology setting. Experience in a network engineering leadership role preferred. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.

  • A superior ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and stakeholders (technical and non-technical).

  • Strong analytical skills and working knowledge of various aspects of the utility business

  • Strong knowledge of Agile/Scrum practices and tools such as Azure DevOps

  • Strong facilitation and mediation skills and practices to be leveraged within and between business units to address competing demands

  • Effective verbal and written communication with a variety of audiences and (technical and non-technical) stakeholders

  • Understanding of Network Engineering principles and applicability, including the OSI 7 Layer Model

  • Capable to navigate competing demands on network engineering resources and help prioritize based on business value outcomes while balancing a strong network posture

  • Background knowledge and understanding of a minimum of 3 of the 5 following areas:

  • Data center & cloud network infrastructures: Edge distribution, campus core, collocation hub, SDN platforms

  • Application delivery: Application services/load balancing, remote access systems

  • Enterprise Access: WAN Edge, LAN Access, WAN Access

  • Corporate Network Services

  • Control Network Services

  • Primary Backhaul Services: MAN, SONET, TDM, MW systems, Fiber-optic Systems

  • Converged Field Area Network (FAN): Radio Area Networks, Neighborhood Area Networks, Field Systems FAN Access

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Important COVID-19 Guidance for Candidates:

Avista Corporation is currently required under state law to provide workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 for certain projects with state agencies. Additionally, Avista Corporation anticipates that in the near future, it may be required under law to ensure that all employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an approved exemption and accommodation for a medical condition or a sincerely-held religious belief precluding vaccination. By completing this application, you certify that you understand and acknowledge this potential for a mandatory vaccination policy.

Pre-employment screening requirementsEmployment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drug test, background check and motor vehicle records review.

Avista’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here ( . Avista will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process, and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible, where undue hardship would not be created for Avista. Please let us know if you would like assistance.

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The contractor 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 contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)