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Expert Solutions Architect

I'm Interested Date posted 02/11/2020

Requisition ID # 23699 

Job Category : Information Technology 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Information Technology and Supply Chain

Job Location : San Francisco


Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States.And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan.It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services.They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

PG&E’s Information Technology (IT) organization is comprised of various unified departments which collaborate effectively in order to deliver high quality technology solutions. 

The Data & Analytics Team within IT is responsible for working collaboratively with the lines of business (e.g., Electric Operations, Gas Operations, etc.) to implement consumer-grade data platforms and products across various user groups (e.g., asset strategists, inspectors, emergency operations, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Deploying best-in-class / rapid delivery capabilities for data solutions and self-service enablement for highly skilled analysts and data scientists
  • Simplifying, improving, and standardizing processes to promote data-driven decisions and drive the digital transformation of the utility.
  • Rapid delivery of back-end solutions for a multitude of applications

Position Summary

We are looking for an Expert Solution Architect to be a part of our exciting and growing team. Your primary focus would be to provide technical leadership and mentorship across our data platform and product engineering teams. You will drive technical feasibility discussions for our products as you collaborate with other technical leaders, product owners and development leads. You will be required to discover the boundaries of our platforms, provide solutions for technical problems and drive discussions within IT and Lines of Business. As a productive member of a motivated group of engineers, product teams, and technical analysts, you will be producing ground-breaking, forward thinking, and revolutionary projects that are industry changing.

What you will get:

  • The opportunity to contribute, in the earliest stages, a best in class digital organization that ships real products to real users on demand
  • Extreme leadership support for your development and your day to day success
  • Autonomy to make decisions in a rapidly growing team
  • Best in class perks and benefits


  • Build awesome big data products within a fun team where culture is the foundation for success
  • Lead and mentor the development team in a hands-on way
  • Provide technical feasibility assessment while collaborating with Product Owner and Design team to guide features and provide technical know-how
  • Define and address application non-functional requirements, and manage technical debt
  • Provide subject matter expertise on data engineering and data platforms  
  • Evolve technical solutions to incorporate new technologies
  • Debug and optimize complex applications on real devices
  • Effectively communicate the vision and architecture to team members
  • Maintain a productive working environment for development teams
  • Be a strong advocate for a culture of quality across the team
  • Collaborate with external teams, especially security, to design, implement and support mobile solutions that are scalable
  • Build best-in-class cloud-native data products in AWS
  • Effectively communicate the solution to non-technical stakeholders
  • Follow an agile development methodology



  • High School or GED-General Educational Development-GED Diploma
  • Experience as Technical Lead, 5 years


  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business or related field or equivalent experience
  • 10 years of experience in IT working in application development and architecture, with 7 years project implementation experience and hands-on experience developing data products
  • Expert in the solution architecture discipline, processes, concepts and best practices
  • Exposure to a process improvement discipline (e.g. Six Sigma) used within a technology supported business process implementation
  • Process design, information modeling and / or system solution architecture development with project or portfolio focus in at least one of the following: Cloud Architecture, Data Management, Security, Microservices, or Infrastructure technologies
  • Operational support for applications, systems, or infrastructure
  • Experience providing direction to design and engineering staff
  • Experience providing direction to one or more architects and technical leads
  • 5 years of experience developing solution architectures for complex data platforms and products
  • 5 years of hands on experience working with multiple technologies and platforms such as integrations with ERP systems (e.g. SAP), Cloud technologies (e.g. AWS) etc.
  • Demonstrated solid understanding of architecture best practices and enterprise-scale solution development
  • Possess diversified technical background with Enterprise System Solution mindset
  • Able to provide individual or project oversight on rapid prototyping/POC efforts and large-scale enterprise wide roll out planning
  • Experience working with technology and business partners to develop secure and scalable solutions
  • Experience working as an Agile/Technical Lead in an Agile environment
  • Experience with developing solutions for data-driven applications
  • Experience with GIS is a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP and/or ESRI a plus
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills and a strong work ethic 
  • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Able to build strong relationships with and influence at the Director level of leadership 
  • Able to build a sense of trust and rapport that creates a comfortable & effective workplace 
  • Able to further community & elevate team performance
  • Brings a high-energy and passionate outlook to the role and has strong sense of ownership

I'm Interested