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National Grid Lead Solutions Architect, Application in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

The Lead Solution Architect is accountable to design business solutions in response to specific that are fit for purpose, compliant and adhere to all National Grid operational, architectural and design standards and principles. Ensure the integrity of solution designs from concept through implementation, balancing the architectural concerns of projects with concerns of the enterprise. Ensure consideration of all design alternatives and provide technical guidance to wider project team and business stakeholders

Key Accountabilities

  • Identify, own and support the delivery of global solutions for assigned projects under the direction of a principal solution architect with accountability to project and solution development managers/directors

  • Provide all design related services, at the blueprinting level, for 1 or more projects under the direction of a principal solution architect, project manager and/or the head of solution architecture

  • Maintain the integrity and quality of solution designs through detail design, build, test and implementation

  • Govern the solution architecture through implementation

  • Guide business stakeholders to solutions that will maximize National Grid investment in technology

  • Provide thought leadership on innovative technical solutions to business stakeholders

  • Identify options that maximize reuse and minimize overheads to operating budgets

  • Ensure that solutions conform to National Grid enterprise Architecture and comply to National Grid policy

  • Promote the strategic vision of Enterprise Architecture

Provide all design related services, at the blueprinting level, for 1 or more projects under the direction of a principal solution architect, project manager and/or the head of solution architectureMaintain the integrity and quality of solution designs through detail design, build, test and implementationGovern the solution architecture through implementationGuide business stakeholders to solutions that will maximize National Grid investment in technologyProvide thought leadership on innovative technical solutions to business stakeholdersIdentify options that maximize reuse and minimize overheads to operating budgetsEnsure that solutions conform to National Grid enterprise Architecture and comply to National Grid policyPromote the strategic vision of Enterprise Architecture

  • Secure all required approvals of solution design and implementation

Qualifications

o Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science, geographic information science or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

o Relevant industry certifications are desirable, including: certifications for TOGAF, Microsoft Azure Solution Architect, Powershell and ESRI Enterprise System Design

Knowledge & Experience Required:

o 7-10 years of experience architecting, implementing, administrating and supporting enterprise IT-GIS solutions/systems that leverage the ArcGIS enterprise platform

o 5+ years of hands-on experience with ESRI software, including ArcGIS Enterprise, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Runtime and their associated APIs or interfaces

o Experience in platform architecture, solution design, project envisioning, planning, developing, deployment, security, identity management, cloud computing and scalability in agile and waterfall projects

o Firm grasp of software development lifecycle management, application lifecycle management and DevOps tools, technologies and techniques (e.g., BitBucket and Ansible)

o Experience applying standard architectures and patterns within solution designs

o Extensive understanding of Microsoft SQL, Windows environments, Citrix and Azure cloud services

o Knowledge of basic networking concepts and design practices including; HTTP/S, TCP/IP, load balancers, firewalls and proxies.

o History of successfully programming and scripting GIS solutions with Python and Javascript, managing servers and their content via PowerShell automation, and automated processes via task schedulers

o Knowledge of geospatial and mapping concepts, theories and terminology, such as spatial analysis, map projections and network analysis

o Background with current technology implementation patterns including service-oriented architectures and cloud-hybrid configurations

o Professional excellence in technical consulting, business analysis techniques and tools, requirements gathering, solution design, project envisioning, planning, development, and deployment (i.e., particularly in the utility business)

o Expertise with GIS integration techniques and technologies to other asset and work management solutions (e.g., IBM Maximo via ArcGISDataSync and Salesforce/DNV-GL/CSS via Mulesoft)

o Ability to effectively evaluate of products, vendors and technology rollouts

o Advanced knowledge of ESRI’s Utility Network Database Model, Schneider’s ArcFM application, and mobile GIS solutions (i.e., particularly Critigen’s mobile GIS product, Lemur)

o Strong proficiency with migrating and conflating GIS data from non-ESRI applications (GE SmallWorld and NRG) to ESRI applications

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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