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Entergy Sr. Solution Architect - Distribution Automation (DA) in The Woodlands, Texas

Date: Sep 3, 2019

Location: The Woodlands, TX, US

Company: Entergy

This position can be filled in The Woodlands, TX or New Orleans, LA.

The official title for this position will be Solution Architect, Sr.


As a member of the IT Service Delivery – Utility Operations department, this position will be responsible for leading the innovative development of business solutions, implemented through IT, to enable the business to meet its objectives. The role, together with support from Entergy's Enterprise Architect (EA) function and IT Business Analyst (BA) are responsible for creating a fully integrated, effective business solution, and preparing IT for operational support. The role is an active thought leader and application visionary who shapes the technology demand among the business unit.

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 also requires an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Transmission and Distribution technologies with a special emphasis on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), SCADA, GIS (GE Smallworld), and Distribution Automation (DA). This role will service at the primary liaison between IT and OT environments within Entergy, and be an active IT stakeholder in the building and operationalizing of Entergy Distribution Automation program.

This position will report directly to the IT Service Delivery Manager – Utility Operations, who is principally focused on business application solution delivery and operations support.


The Solution Architect (SA) at Entergy has two primary areas of responsibility.

  1. Serve as the primary technical SME for their assigned area(s)/domain(s), including:

  2. Serve as a technical expert/consultant to business stakeholders, business clients, Program Managers, BAs, peer SAs, and vendors

  3. Support technology and/or application road mapping based on business strategies, capabilities, and requirements

  4. Support Lifecycle road mapping for standard Entergy technology and applications

  5. Work with EA to evaluate emerging trends and technologies

  6. Adopt Industry and domain best practices

  7. Support Point of Views and Proof of Concepts

  8. Provide application integration expertise

  9. Provide technical support to Operations incident investigations as needed

  10. Serve as Entergy’s technical lead on assigned projects, including:

  11. Support annual project portfolio planning

  12. Perform IT estimation during the Business Case phase

  13. Conduct Complexity Assessment to determine proper level of Solution Development Lifecycle (SDLC) rigor

  14. Support the solution sourcing and selection process (e.g. Requests for Proposals and Statements of Work processes)

  15. Enforce adherence to EA standards and recommend enhancements

  16. Provide technical oversight to vendor services and solutions delivery

  17. Create Solution Design (i.e. Conceptual, Logical and Physical)

  18. Maintain Requirements Traceability Matrix as established by the BA

  19. Support all project execution phases (i.e. Initiation, Definition, Design, Construction, Test, and Deployment) in accordance with established SDLC methodologies


Minimum education required of the position

Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree is a plus.

Minimum experience required of the position

At least 7+ years of experience working with Transmission and Distribution solutions; particularly AMI, SCADA, DA and mesh networks

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  • Deep understanding and practical experience of industry solutions

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

  • Planning experience, especially the design of longer 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


Primary Location: Texas-The Woodlands

Job Function :Information Technology

FLSA Status :Professional

Relocation Option: Level II

Union description/code :NON BARGAINING UNIT-NBU

Number of Openings :1

Req ID: 86152

Travel Percentage :Up to 25%

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please click here to view the full statement.


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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