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Principal Operational Technology Architect

LocationConcord, California;

Requisition ID # 127747 

Job Category: Information Technology 

Job Level: Manager/Principal

Business Unit: Information Technology

Job Location: Oakland; Auburn; Concord; Fresno; Sacramento; San Mateo; San Rafael; San Ramon

Department Overview

Information Systems Technology Services is a unified organization comprised of various departments which collaborate effectively to deliver high quality technology solutions.

Position Summary

The Principal OT Architect will be responsible for leading a virtual group of multi-disciplined technical professionals to create high-quality operational technology architecture and solutions that meet PG&E’s goals and strategic direction. The Principal OT Architect will set the direction for the OT services and standards and work very closely with stakeholders to gather requirements, propose OT architectural solutions, and provide economic and business justification for such plans. The Principal OT Architect would be an outstanding communicator and would represent the ICS organization in the Operations Technology space and its services.  The Principal OT Architect will be authoring and proposing initiatives and system projects to IT Value Stream Owners for the implementation considerations and budget allocation.

In addition to having a thorough understanding of the NERC Critical Information Protection Standards, the successful candidate show also demonstrate depth of experience with Radio SCADA coverage planning and implementation, SCADA Integration into IP Networks, Wireless SCADA devices and their configurations, as well as multiple vendor SCADA and Teleprotection systems.

The role is hybrid working from your home office with in-person collaboration as needed depending on business needs. The office location is flexible anywhere within the PG&E service territory.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the Operations Technology domain for the development of high quality, tightly integrated, consistently available, secure, flexible, and fault-tolerant SCADA, and Teleprotection network architecture.
  • Oversee standards development and project solution blueprints.
  • Create, architect, develop, and propose solutions to complex technical, procedural, and compliance type problems.
  • Identify new technologies and work with vendors to develop technology roadmaps for internal implementation.
  • Work with IT staff, peer domain architects and appropriate members of the internal Client community to provide responsive solutions and options for problems and opportunities.
  • Provide yearly budget management oversight and report on asset health for the OT Devices and their services.
  • Author OT architecture presentations and concepts for management and executive-level audiences.
  • Propose budgetary estimates and work with Management for justification and prioritization of OT implementation plans.
  • Conduct yearly review and benchmarking of overall OT network architecture.
  • Represent ICS organization on company direction related to the OT services and benchmarks. Collaborate very strongly with all internal clients to achieve high degree of confidence in the OT strategies and their implementation.
  • Lead architecture discipline on large initiatives, provide oversight of solution architecture and engineering on projects, engage the Lines of Business experts, and collaborate on designs, solution and expected performance requirements.
  • Support the General Rate Case (GRC) Chapters as needed to justify the OT technology investments and proposal for advancing the Grid and Gas system reliability.



  • BA/BS degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field or equivalent work experience
  • 10 years of technology architecture experience to include
    • Working with individuals and teams involved in SCADA, Teleprotection and/or Power Control Systems or
    • Technical experience with designing and implementing large scale OT networks – Energy Management Systems, SCADA (OSI Monarch, RT SCADA, Citect), SCADA Protocols (DNP3, Modbus, PG&E Protocol, IEC-61850) or
    • Technical experience with designing and implementing large scale Electric Protection Schemes - Direct Transfer Trip, Permissive Overreaching Transfer Trip, Differential Comparison, Remedial Action Schemes, Special Protection Schemes or
    • Knowledge of network security concepts and technologies, including but not limited to firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems, proxy servers, Citrix servers, access control systems, Cisco FWSM, and Cisco ASA.


  • MA/MS degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California
  • Experience with hardware, networks, software technologies, applications, and modeling techniques related to a domain or associated subdomain.
  • Experience leading the strategic vision and direction with specific technologies, systems and platforms related to a domain or associated subdomain.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrate strong communications skills, both written and verbal. Must be able to explain difficult and abstract concepts verbally, in writing and through diagrams and impactful illustrations. This includes the expert use of MS Office suite, including PowerPoint and Visio. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively, and closely with all levels of IT staff and management. Should be comfortable with large audience presentations as well as representing the company at conferences and peer workshops.
  • An ability to perform duties and responsibilities even when under tremendous pressure is required.
  • Able to influence major, long-term technology decisions at the highest executive levels
  • Participates in discussion and development of industry trends and technologies.
  • Expert level knowledge and a well-rounded understanding of utility industry trends and technologies.
  • Demonstrated competence in leading architecture, design, development, and deployment related to a domain or associated sub-domain.
  • Expert level awareness and understanding of hardware, networks, software technologies, applications, and modeling techniques related to a domain or associated sub-domain.


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