IS Architect Lead (Smart Energy Solutions)
Position: IS Architect Lead (Smart Energy Solutions)
Reporting to: Architecture & Technology Strategy Manager
Function: Information Systems (IS)
Location: Fore Hamlet, Ipswich / Energy House, Crawley / Newington House, London
Reference Number: 45189
Employment Period: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
Contract Type: Personal Contract
CiP Level: 5%
Salary Range: Depending on skills and experience
Closing Date: 02/05/2019
All applications will be reviewed after the closing date
We also offer :
Annual leave 25 days
Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
Season ticket loan
Occupational Health support
Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
Discounted access to sports and social clubs
Employee Assistance Programme.
The IS Architecture Team is responsible for the development and maintenance of all IS Architecture strategies, roadmaps, policies, standards and templates to support the effective management and exploitation of IS technology solutions and services. The Role holder will primarily support smart grid projects for the design of operational technology solutions covering activities which includes Distributed Generation, Electric Vehicle, Energy Storage, Demand Side Response and their efficient integration to the Distribution Network.
The job holder will take ownership of the end to end IS solution for smart grid projects including the business case, requirements capture, design, build, integration and business embedment of the IS solutions. The particular focus of this role will be understanding and shaping the technology landscape and its associated portfolio of change relating to a wide range of business functions within UK Power Networks. The IS Architect Lead for Smart Energy Solutions will report to the Architecture & Technology Strategy Manager who is responsible for the management of all facets of enterprise and technology architecture and reports to the Head of Cyber Security and Architecture & Technology Strategy Manager. The role will help promote and operate the governance process around controlling Architecture design and delivery and thereby ensure adherence and alignment to relevant company policies, standards and practices within company and across its service partners.
Close working relationships will need to be maintained with other groups within IT Operations and the Business Architects to assist in the choice and development of their IT solutions to ensure adherence to IS architecture roadmaps and standards. In particular, the job holder will act as the main interface between the IS function and the smart grid project teams including suppliers and external partners.
The IS Architect Lead, through their work on the enterprise architecture will assist IT Operations, with the development and rationalisation of the Application landscape, leveraging relationships at CKI Group and insight from partners and industry peers as appropriate.
The role will require the monitoring and assessment of new technology and other advances in application, data and infrastructure architecture to ensure UK Power Networks can best support and deliver its business strategy and objectives.
IT Opex: None, managed in accordance with overall IT Opex Budget
IT Capex: Aligned to the capital delivery budget of around £30m.
Staff: Direct supervision of IS Architecture team members and architects within IS partners.
* Be accountable for all the IS components of the solutions developed by smart grid projects, ensuring all business requirements are met including the successful transition into live service
* Support the IS activities as part of the delivery of smart grid projects such as business cases, requirements capture, design, configuration, testing, integration and commissioning.
* Own, develop, maintain and support IS Architecture for the company across the technology estate, for the domain, as defined of web, smart power, GIS, financial processing, customer management, scheduling, data analysis, mobility and messaging hosted either on premise or in the cloud.
* Be accountable for maintaining domain architecture roadmaps and strategies. Work closely with the Architecture & Technology Strategy Manager to help develop the Technology Strategy for UKPN.
* Ensure adherence to IS architecture strategies, roadmaps, policies, standards and templates to ensure the most appropriate selection of technology solutions that will meet requirements for supporting the business whilst ensuring best use of common components and infrastructure to drive technology efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.
* Assist the IS Team and the business stakeholders in recording their processes and architecture within the enterprise architecture framework.
* Perform design development and assurance of all aspects of IS architecture by co-ordinating the efforts within IS Architecture team members.
* Develop technology principles, standards and templates relating to domain specific architectures to influence and control their development and change.
* Monitor IT industry advances in all aspects of IS Architectures and associated new technology. Use this knowledge to assess likely impact on architecture, and to assist IS colleagues and business stakeholders in considering use of such technology.
* Develop product short-lists and architectural evaluation criteria and uses these in selecting products for various business and IT needs.
* Determine, together with IS colleagues and business stakeholders, when new technology warrants inclusion into IS Architecture roadmaps and standards. Where necessary develop a case for ‘proof of concept’ work to be undertaken prior to acceptance of such changes.
* By maintaining a close relationship with CKI Group, assist with the review of IS Architectures at a CKI Group level ensuring, where possible, that common solutions are considered. Using the same relationship ensure that where there is a common IS Architecture in place that there is sharing of experience to assist with cost reduction and improved service improvement.
* Ensure that any external advisory services pertinent to IS Architecture strategy provides effective services to the IS function.
* Develop the visibility of the IS Architecture Team by working closely with those groups involved business strategy and change by communicating the architecture strategies and roadmaps to such groups and the wider business.
* Produce and/or validate architecture designs with business stakeholders and projects to ensure that they satisfy business and technical requirements.
* Provide mentorship to other IS Architecture team members.
* Understand and articulate to senior management and subject matter experts across the business the Total Cost of Ownership of all major technology change implementations to achieve highly effective solutions that drive and achieve business goals and objectives.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
The Information Systems (IS) functions works across UK Power Networks, supporting the company in the achievement of its strategy and vision to become the best performing DNO. The team achieve this through the provision of technology solutions, as well as the optimisation of current solutions to improve how the company operates. Continuous improvement, customer service and seamless delivery is at the heart of this ethos and are therefore strongly underpinned by effective IS Architecture.
The way electricity is consumed and generated is significantly changing. Government policy has led an unprecedented growth in renewable energy installations such as wind farms and solar panels over the last few years Electricity storage technology is advancing and we expect it to play a major role in the years to come. Electric vehicles prices are reducing and supported by their environmental benefits have the potential to take over London’s streets. Smart meters are being rolled out and will be in every household in the UK by 2020. Our networks are already transforming into platforms that can allow the distributed energy resources such as renewable generation, electricity storage and electric vehicles to consume, export and trade electricity whilst maintaining affordable and reliable electricity supplies. This means new technology solutions are required to be continuously developed to support this transformation of the electricity industry.
The job holder is responsible for working with the relevant business stakeholders to develop the forward plans for their respective business areas and technology landscapes, using the tools, standards and frameworks provided by the IS Architecture Team. The resultant change plans will be integrated and delivered centrally with the wider IS Team and endorsed by relevant SMT / EMT governance arrangements. A key measure of success of the role is the wider businesses’ engagement and confidence in the ability of the forward plans to meet their current and future needs.
As a member of the IS Architecture Team the IS Architect Lead for Smart Energy Solutions is responsible for developing and supporting the enterprise IT architecture and ensuring governance within that architecture and must therefore have a broad knowledge of all IT technologies and data landscape within a large enterprise and electricity distribution business. This will involves working with a wider array of senor stakeholders and subject matter experts.
The job holder must be able to work at all levels within the organisation to build and support their component part of the company’s technology architecture. The post holder will add value and become a point of reference within company on domain specific IS Architecture matters and must be able to construct persuasive and creditable arguments to ensure correct solutions choices are made.
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
10+ years of relevant IS Architecture experience, out of which 3+ years should be working as a Lead Architect, preferably within the specified domain in the regulated Electricity Distribution or related industry sector.
Demonstrable experience of developing solutions that sit across OT and IT Environments.
Experience of existing company organisation and excellent relationships with senior management.
Experience in building roadmaps and architecture strategies for the given domain that supports Business and IT strategy.
Previous experience in working within their domain on a complex technology transformation.
Experience in reviewing and selecting IS Architecture solutions.
Previous experience in mentoring or leading a team of architects.
TOGAF (or equivalent) qualified at practitioner level.
Experience of supporting procurement of IT Architecture.
Experience of working with 3rd party Technical and Application Architects.
Ability to influence people inside and outside of the IT Organisation.
Ability to create relationships with the Business functions and IT Operations.
Ability to liaise effectively with external experts and suppliers.
Able to define, formulate and develop the role in all aspects.
Able to manage varied size architecture assessment projects.
Willing to travel round the extensive UKPN geography.
Health & Safety Responsibilities
Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.
Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly, where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied