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Expert, Technology Strategy and Planning

I'm Interested Date posted 10/26/2020

Requisition ID # 70624 

Job Category : Business Operations / Strategy 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : San Francisco

Department Overview

The Electric Operations (EO) Technology Portfolio Management organization (TPM) is an innovative technology strategy/planning, enablement, and governance department within PG&E’s Electric Asset Knowledge Management organization.  Its mission is to drive the effective and strategic evolution of technology in a rapidly transforming energy industry.  TPM unlocks value for PG&E and its customers by:

  1. Strategically aligning and championing technology investments that advance company goals and objectives
  2. Providing enablement-focused program management to drive successful project execution
  3. Shaping the future of the electric grid through innovation and cross-industry collaboration

The team is highly collaborative and emphasizes cross-functional matrix partnerships across several organizations including Transmission, Distribution, Asset Management, Transportation Services, Customer Care, and IT.  As the utility landscape continues to evolve, targeted and effective technology deployment will help PG&E to continue delivering safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy – while advancing California’s clean energy goals and meeting customer needs. 

Position Summary

The Technology Strategy & Planning Expert will report to the Manager of Strategy & Planning.The Expert will support the Strategy & Planning team in developing the technology roadmap and execution plan for critical capabilities within Electric Operations such as work management, data analytics, and wildfire mitigation. The Expert will be actively involved in developing EO technology roadmaps that drive safety, compliance and risk as well as lead development, collaboration, and resolution of impactful cross-cutting technology/policy issues. 

The ideal candidate will have a penchant for technology, ability to learn new and emerging technologies as they apply to Electric Operations, and be able to synthesize into the existing landscape at PG&E. The candidate will bring a blend of curiosity and an ‘art of the possible’ mindset.  The candidate will understand the overall utility landscape and the evolution of technology driving changes as they impact PG&E in general, and Electric Operations in particular. The candidate should be able to set and manage multiple priorities, solve in-depth complex problems, and bring a new perspective on existing solutions.  The candidate must be able to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and thrive in a fast-paced environment.  The candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively as a team. 

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • BA/BS in business, IT, engineering or similar
  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience
  • 1 year minimum of utility experience or consulting to utilities

Desired:

  • Masters degree in Business, Engineering, or similar
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic and exceptional levels of accountability and self-drive
  • Ability to develop deep relationships, and work effectively with key cross-functional stakeholders and senior leadership team
  • Strong communication, organizational, interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Outstanding strategic and structured thinking, analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with competing priorities
  • Very high attention to detail
  • Highly skilled in leading/coaching/influencing others in a matrixed environment
  • Experience supporting meetings and Executive presentations
  • Experience in strategy and planning roles in a utility industry or a technology / consulting environment

Responsibilities

1. Strategy

Lead the development of targeted Tech Roadmaps such as work management, data analytics, and wildfire mitigation to inform investment and prioritization decisions in the critical areas of safety and risk reduction

Collaborate with LOB to ensure proper project and business case intake

Lead technology and process benchmarking efforts as they apply to EO and related functions

Support or lead initiatives to analyze complex business problems and issues using information from internal and external sources.

Anticipate, influence, and articulate high-level and future-focused technology needs in cross-cutting company initiatives (e.g. Digital Catalyst Mobile) to ensure Safety and Compliance goals are met

Lead technology and process benchmarking efforts as they apply to EO priorities driven by EO’s key goals on Safety, Compliance, and Risk

Collaborate with other Utilities to learn best practice approaches to technology adoption and business architecture development supporting the enterprise technology view targeting Safety and Risk Reduction

2. Planning

Support the gathering, compilation, and analysis of data and information to inform Electric Operations business application technology strategy and incorporation into planning (e.g., roadmaps, strategic planning including “S1 and S2” processes)

Support or lead regulatory activities as related to technology applications, including acting as witness, writing testimony, or developing business strategy for regulatory filings (TO filing, GRC)

Create high quality business cases, help prioritize and champion technology investments to support LoB technology investments

Support the integration of technology roadmaps with program management business case process and be able to drive discussions and outcomes with the EO leadership team

3.  Strategic Communications

Support the development and creation of high-quality content and materials for director and executive level committee meetings; support or leads meeting planning, attendance, minutes, and action-item follow-up

Support or leads and coordinates tasks for on media related material and outreach

Lead cross department and / or technology focused conferences, ensuring topics are relevant to the larger organization and well aligned with executive priorities

4. Additional

Support or lead department business operations activities (e.g., organizational alignment, staffing decisions, etc.)

Proactively take on substantial ad hoc new tasks as identified/assigned

Drive process improvement and innovation mindset

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