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Entergy Solution Architect - Utility Operations in New Orleans, Louisiana

Solution Architect - Utility Operations

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Company: Entergy

Posting End Date: 02/05/2023

Work Place Flexibility: Hybrid

Legal Entity: Entergy Services, LLC

This position will be filled as an Solution Architect Sr or Solution Architect depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience

The preferred location is New Orleans, LA. Other locations within the service territory may be considered – LA, TX, MS, AR

This will be a hybrid remote role, with the expectations that the employee is able to report to the office on an as needed basis

JOB SUMMARY/PURPOSE:

Responsible for leading the innovative development of Grid Technology business solutions with a primary focus on Entergy’s IT Utility Operations portfolio to enable the business to meet its objectives. Utility Operations includes applications and services focused on meter-based solutions such as Siemens Meter Data Management System, Itron Head End/UtilityIQ, ESRI ArcGIS platform, and GE Smallworld. The role requires an in-depth understanding of available IT technologies, the business unit's operations, its operating model, capability needs, and business challenges. The role is responsible for creating a fully integrated, effective business solution. The role is an active thought leader and application visionary who shapes the technology demand among the business unit.

JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide overall design guidelines for software and hardware integration, performance, reliability, operating, and security designs. Support business units in the creation of project business cases (e.g., success criteria).

  • Capture business capability requirements, functional requirements, and expected service levels from business unit and stated EA solutions to create an actionable Business-IT roadmap (a long range plan for the business that identifies specific IT investments in applications and infrastructure to support business objectives).

  • Support BU leadership in identifying opportunities for emerging technologies, through collaboration with the EA function, to enable business strategies. Provide an advisory role with the client on the impact of new technologies on their existing technical and information system environment.

  • Work with business and IT teams to review test strategies and requirements traceability. Ensure business and functional requirements are maintained throughout the development/configuration process (requirements traceability matrix). Review and analyze user acceptance testing results to validate the functions of the delivered solution.

  • Maintain strong understanding of technology needs and solutions for the business unit. Regularly visit business units to assess satisfaction and identify follow-up education opportunities. Consider alternate delivery models for meeting business needs.

  • Liaise between the client, vendors, project management and the technical team on questions, issues, and revisions to the solution architecture.

  • Provide Support for STORM and be available 24x7 to oversee STORM application verification during weather events

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum education required of the position

Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

Minimum experience required of the position

Solution Architect: 5+ years of experience architecting, implementing, and administrating enterprise solutions/systems that leverage meter management applications

Solution Architect Sr: 7+ years of experience architecting, implementing, and administrating enterprise meter management solutions/systems

  • Experience in platform architecture, solution design, project envisioning, planning, developing, deployment, security, identity management frameworks, cloud, and scalability

  • Preference for experience with Siemens Meter Data Management System (MDMS) and/or Itron Head End System (HES)/UtilityIQ

  • Preference for experience with Oracle; Microsoft SQL, PL/SQL; and/or other RDBMS and Windows, Linux, and/or other server environments

  • Experience with current technology implementation patterns including service-oriented architectures and cloud hybrid configurations

  • Professional excellence in technical consulting, solution design, project envisioning, planning, developing, and deployment

  • Strong, persuasive communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas--both verbally and in written form--whether to customers, executives, or other technical or non-technical peers

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  • Understanding and practical experience of industry application solutions.

  • Experience in developing customer-centric solutions.

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

  • Planning experience, especially the design of long-term strategies.

  • Ability to communicate and present effectively with all levels in the organization, including executive management.

  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills.

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.

  • Working knowledge of architecture concepts and the ability to integrate business needs and technology capabilities.

Any certificates, licenses, etc. required for the position

  • Certification for AWS Certified Solution Architect or MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure is a plus

  • Knowledge of integration of other enterprise systems (e.g., ERP, EAM, CRM, SCM) is a plus

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Primary Location: Louisiana - New Orleans Arkansas : Little Rock || Louisiana : New Orleans || Mississippi : Jackson || Texas : The Woodlands

Job Function : Information Technology

FLSA Status : Professional

Relocation Option: No Relocation Offered

Union description/code : NON BARGAINING UNIT-NBU

Number of Openings : 1

Req ID: 110301

Travel Percentage : Up to 25%

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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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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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