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Lead Solution Architect

Syracuse, New York

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Overview

Our IT ambition is to be recognized for ‘Transforming National Grid into the leader of the digital energy future’. Market innovation will drive the digital utility. We plan to enhance our IT offerings, mature the way we interact with our business partners, and transform the culture of our teams. Culturally, we will be placing a stronger emphasis on designing systems around the end user. We are establishing an operating model based on accountability and empowering our workforce to share ideas and drive continuous improvement. There will be clear career options within the company, both management and technical. We are focusing on enhancing and investing in both leadership capability and developing necessary technical expertise.

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Job Description

Lead Solution Architect

Organization Information Technology Department IT Global Solution Development

About us

National Grid is hiring for a Lead Solution Architectfor our IT Billing and Customer department in Syracuse, NY. 

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 business needs 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

  • Actively contributes to Architectural working groups with EA and Business Development teams developing key business IT strategy with strong industry and commercial focus.
  • Co-ordinates design governance within a portfolio, Chairing governance architectural boards and acting as custodian of architecture plans across the wider businesses.
  • Takes responsibility for the technical integrity of projects, ensuring that common technical elements are recognized, and that work is not unnecessarily duplicated.
  • Assists in the development of service level agreements and any associated service guarantees. Advises on appropriate quality standards and quality control processes.
  • Drive development and maintenance of cost transparency and value tracking models for applications across a program.
  • Takes an active role in the development of other staff through mentoring of more junior resources.
  • Within a business change program, manages the program's target design, policies and standards, working proactively to achieve a stable and viable design.
  • Effectively manages key stakeholder relationships both collaboratively within the architectural community of Application Architects, the wider IT capabilities of solution design/delivery (including external vendors) and influential with the senior business leadership teams.

Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level in Computer Science or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Experience applying standard architectures and patterns within solution designs.
  • 10-15+ years of Experience developing Solution Architectures
  • Knowledge of business analysis techniques, tools and requirements gathering.
  • Knowledge of basic networking concepts and design practices including; HTTP/S, TCP/IP, load balancers, firewalls, proxies.
  • Knowledge of various hosting environments and platforms (DC On Prem, Cloud, Azure, IaaS/PaaS, AWS)
  • Knowledge of integration techniques.
  • Minimum of 10 years solution design experience at an enterprise level.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills.
  • Good stakeholder management and influencing skills at project stakeholder level.
  • Ability to multi-task.

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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  • Results-driven
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Our culture

  • A culture of inclusivity where the best ideas can come from anywhere.
  • A belief that we do our best work when we all work together.
  • An understanding that to engineer the future, you have to think out of the box.

Rewards

  • Healthcare

  • 401(k)

  • Continuing education

  • Paid time off

  • Employee assistance (EAP)

  • Health & wellness

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