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National Grid Performance Engineering Architect in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us

National Grid is hiring a Performance Engineering Architect for our IT group in Waltham, MA.

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

National Grid's IT team is currently seeking an innovative, adaptable, and results-oriented Principal Product Architect/Owner within NG Performance Engineering & Assets team. This role will be responsible for Maintaining, building & implementing Test architecture/ performance development standards that are consistent across NG application ecosystem. Will collaborate with the business teams, Platform Engineering, Group Data & Analytics, IT Strategy, EPMO, CIO & other Engineering teams to deliver business outcomes. This role will own suite of automated testing framework that empower businesses to deliver meaningful and personalized experiences to their customers in real time and at scale, while allowing us to lower integration costs with other applications, supporting key decisions and optimizing the customer experience. The Product Architect will incorporate digital delivery centric best in class product planning practices

Key Accountabilities

  • Optimize and standardize existing performance engineering processes.

  • Benchmark new systems for appropriate performance characteristics.

  • Support platform release cycles by executing and analyzing performance test results; distill analyzed results into a risk-based format for consumption by non-technical, senior stakeholders.

  • Integrate non-functional automation into a Continuous Integration environment, using tools like Git, Bitbucket Azure and Jenkins.

  • Mentor & lead NG or Vendor team technically to resolve issues.

  • Test asynchronous applications.

  • Focus on early performance testing and how to shift left.

  • Should own the project and drive to closure & monitor in Production

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Demonstrate valued business partner capabilities and behaviors in all interactions with colleagues, vendors and business stakeholders.

  • Self-directed and motivated.

  • Possession of excellent interpersonal, team, and relationship-building skills.


  • Bachelors degree in computer science or related discipline.

  • 10+ years of experience in Software Development/ Performance Engineering

  • Understanding of any one of the technology stacks .NET/ J2EE/ LAMP

  • Knowledge of tools and technologies used to identify performance and scale bottlenecks

  • Ability to derive appropriate workload models from available sources of information

  • Experience providing tuning recommendations to various teams Dev/ L3/ DevOps

Must Have:

  • Understanding of integration, verification and validation testing techniques, including continuous integration and white-box, black-box, coverage, reliability and regression testing

  • Experience with software test strategy

Nice to Have:

  • Understanding of complex distributed architectures like eCommerce, ERP applications

  • Understanding of basic statistics used in understanding and reporting of performance test metrics. Experience with any of the testing tools

  • Understanding of machine learning and its applications in performance engineering

  • Understanding of cloud technology and cloud based applications. Knowledge on container technology. Experience or knowledge on integration systems like message queues, service oriented architecture, batch processing systems

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.