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Principal Architect, Solution

Waltham, Massachusetts

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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

Principal Architect, Solution

Organization Information Technology Department IT CRM & Digital US

As part of National Grid’s continued commitment to safety, all new hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or medical reason can request a reasonable accommodation.

About us


National Grid is hiring for a Principal Solution Architect - for our IT Department 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


As a Principal Solution Architect, you will be responsible for the design, description and managing the development of solutions to support our client’s business strategies. Leading and/or supporting initiatives and introducing technical visions for a solution within the Enterprise Architecture Framework.

Key Accountabilities

  • Driving through customer strategies in often complex, mixed technology environments.
  • Balancing technological and business solutions to address client needs.
  • Defining features, requirements and development phases against which delivery must be made.
  • Developing solution specifications in line with business strategies and appropriate frameworks.
  • Possess a broad knowledge of information technology architectures, principals, deployment and operating models along with their application.
  • As a senior technologist, this role must understand the principals of Solution Architecture and design and be able to complete design deliverables, operable and useable solutions.
  • Software Architectures is one of many components within the solution design model creation, how are they created, implemented and delivered are key.
  • Data Architecture, another core domain in the creation of solution designs including however not limited to data architectures, data storage, integrations, transfer and data exchange.
  • Integration Architectures and incorporating how solutions can be integrated and interact within one another.
  • Business Architecture and how the analysis of the current business operating model will be impacted by change, which is driving the need for solution design. Process improvement and or new process development are also a key area.
  • Enterprise Architecture collaboration and continuous improvement in supporting principals, standards, policies and technology strategy.
  • Security Architecture across the solution landscape to include however not limited to IDAM, data privacy, access control, transfer and exchange, infrastructure and administration.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Excellent stakeholder management with focus on nurturing & developing strong relationshipsStrong consulting skills, knowledge of a variety of techniques and methods to capture, elaborate and understand client challenges (structured thinking, effective report writing and presentations, and strong stakeholder engagement).
  • Good negotiation, communication and relationship building skills; able to influence business decisions and formulate positive relationships with customers, strategic partners and colleges.
  • A high-level of self-initiation, organization and enthusiasm.
  • Motivated to drive the design and delivery of solutions that realize the outcomes for the client’s needs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to influence effectively across multiple media.
  • Personable team player, able to work under guidance and own initiative, adding expertise and value to project deliverables.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A strong interest and appreciation of technology trends and government IT strategy such as, Cloud, Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Big Data and digital service design and delivery.

Qualifications

  • A degree in a science, computing or engineering subject, or equivalent experience.
  • Proven work experience as a Principal Solution Architect, technology consultant or similar role.
  • In-depth understanding of technology structure principles.
  • Experience gathering and analyzing system requirements.
  • Experience in developing secure solutions using OAuth2.0, OIDC and other industry standard security protocols.
  • Experience in solution design using various technologies like .NET CORE, ReactJs, MuleSoft and having strong technical understanding of web technologies 
  • Advanced knowledge and experiences with Azure and/or other public/private cloud platforms
  • Avid learner, who enjoys researching new techniques and best practices, as well as teaching others
  • Experience working early phase technology, in collaboration with developer and product management
  • Customer obsession coupled with strong problem-solving skills
  • Experience working within Local Government, Regulated Industries, Defense or Security and Intelligence markets is beneficial.
  • Appreciation and/or experience of different delivery methods such as Agile, SAFe, Scrum and their approaches such as scrums, backlogs.
  • Hands on delivery experience in infrastructure and enterprise communication platforms / 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.

Please be advised that due to the nature of this position, incumbents are subject to federal Drug & Alcohol safety regulations governing US Department of Transportation ("DOT") covered positions, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA). As such, the Company’s testing programs and policies regarding the use of federally prohibited drugs or alcohol, for recreational or medical purposes, will remain in effect for these safety-sensitive, DOT covered positions.

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. 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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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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