Title:  Solution Architect Sr (Software Test Architect/Engineer)

Date:  Feb 22, 2021
Legal Entity:  Entergy Services, LLC
Description: 

*** This position may be filled in The Woodlands TX, New Orleans LA, Little Rock AR, or Jackson, MS ***

 

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations.  Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 8,000 megawatts of nuclear power.  Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  Tracing its history to 1913 and headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.

 

The company’s utility business provides electric retail and wholesale power to customers in four states through five utility operating companies:  Entergy Arkansas, LLC; Entergy Louisiana, LLC; Entergy Mississippi, LLC; Entergy New Orleans, LLC; and Entergy Texas, Inc.  Entergy also delivers natural gas services to 200,000 customers in New Orleans and parts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Entergy is winding down its wholesale generation business, which provides power to wholesale customers primarily from our two remaining nuclear facilities located in the northern United States.

 

The electric utility industry is rapidly changing, and Entergy is entering an exciting period of growth as we prepare for the future.  We are building the premier utility, a utility that delivers sustainable value to all its stakeholders – our customers, employees, communities, and owners – as measured by strong net promoter scores, high levels of service, superior and affordable products and services, highly skilled and engaged employees, and industry-leading financial performance.  We are focusing our sights on three key priorities – customer centricity, continuous improvement, and creating a culture of belonging for our employees.  Join us as we take the next step on our journey to building the premier utility.

JOB SUMMARY/PURPOSE:

Under the CBS IT Digital Services department, this position will be responsible for leading the innovative test of business solutions, implemented through IT, to enable the business to meet its objectives. The role, together with support from Entergy's Enterprise Architect (EA) function and IT Business Analyst (BA) are responsible for creating a fully integrated, effective business solution. The role is an active thought leader and test services visionary who shapes the technology demand among the business unit.

 

The role requires an in-depth understanding of product strategy, management and delivery of testing and DevSecOps technologies and processes; including automated testing software such as Tricentis Tosca, Jira, Jenkins and other DevSecOps tools. The IT Solution Architect will strategically innovate, develop, and lead the implementation of new end-to-end process technology resulting in robust, sustainable, automated and integrated technologies supporting testing and a full Continuous Integration/Continuous Development/Continuous Testing (CI/CD/CT) tech stack. This position will collaborate with the various IT towers to implement automation technologies to create efficiency and reduce cycle time and errors of critical business processes. This role will also extend the products to solve our most challenging use cases by building development skills across the IT organization to integrate a wide variety of systems with automation technology. This role will serve as the technology subject matter expert (SME) for Test and DevSecOps and help shape the direction, decisions and frameworks in definition and deployment of the capabilities across the enterprise application portfolio.

 

The team member will be principally responsible for the solution architecture, design, and implementation oversight of Entergy’s test and DevSecOps processes, standards, and services being deployed as part of Entergy’s IT Test and DevSecOps; including technical oversight of Entergy’s Test COE service provider. The team member will also support the Enterprise Architecture Committee (EAC) Business Architecture Sub-Committee (AAC) as a Test and DevSecOps technology Subject Matter Expert (SME) responsible for the definition, review, and approval of standards and procedures.

This position will report directly to the Manger, IT Service Delivery, who is principally focused on Test and DevSecOps transformation and innovation.

 

JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Serve as the primary technical SME for their assigned area(s)/domain(s), including:
    1. Serve as a technical expert/consultant to business stakeholders, business clients, Program Managers, BAs, peer SAs, and vendors
    2. Support technology and/or application road mapping based on business strategies, capabilities, and requirements
    3. Support Lifecycle road mapping for standard Entergy technology and applications
    4. Work with EA to evaluate emerging trends and technologies
    5. Adopt Industry and domain best practices
    6. Support Point of Views and Proof of Concepts
    7. Provide technology and application expertise
    8. Provide technical oversight to contracted support services
    9. Provide Tier III technical support as needed
  2. Serve as Entergy’s technical lead on assigned projects, including:
    1. Support annual project portfolio planning
    2. Perform IT estimation during the Business Case phase
    3. Conduct Complexity Assessment to determine proper level of Solution Development Lifecycle (SDLC) rigor
    4. Support the solution sourcing and selection process (e.g. Requests for Proposals and Statements of Work processes)
    5. Enforce adherence to EA standards
    6. Provide technical oversight to contracted delivery services
    7. Create test strategies and plans
    8. Maintain Requirements Traceability Matrix as established by the BA
    9. Support all project execution phases (i.e. Initiation, Definition, Design, Construction, Test, and Deployment)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum education required of the position

  • Bachelor's degree in the Computer Science or Software Engineering field or the equivalent work experience.  Advanced degree is a plus.

 

Minimum experience required of the position

  • 7+ years of performing application development, Quality Assurance, and/or testing
  • 7+ years of experience in implementing and/or supporting application testing processes and leading testing services

 

 

 

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  1. Deep understanding and practical experience of industry solutions
  2. Working knowledge in all areas of technology (infrastructure, commercial applications, software development, end-user platforms, IT operations).
  3. Planning experience, especially the design of longer term strategies.
  4. Ability to communicate and present effectively with all levels in the organization, including executive management.
  5. Excellent interpersonal communications skills.
  6. Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  7. Working knowledge of architecture concepts and the ability to integrate business needs and technology capabilities.
  8. Strong working knowledge of software development lifecycle and methodologies, including Agile and waterfall-based processes
  9. Experience in project delivery in highly outsourced environments, and
  10. In depth knowledge of multiple technologies aligned with IT standards, including Test platforms (e.g. Tosca, Microfocus ALM, Selenium, etc.) and DevSecOps tool sets (e.g. Jira, Jenkins, Checkmarx, Copado, etc.)

 

Any certificates, licenses, etc. required for the position

Technology certifications are a plus.

 

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Primary Location: Louisiana-New Orleans
Job Function: Information Technology
FLSA Status: Professional
Relocation Option: No Relocation Offered
Union description/code: NON BARGAINING UNIT-NBU
Number of Openings: 2
Req ID: 101647
Travel Percentage:Up to 25%

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please click here to view the full statement.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.


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