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Security Solutions Architect 

Non-Union Position
Information Technology & Services; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 3307  


The Role:

You will be accountable for proactively and holistically leading or supporting security and EA activities that create deliverables that guide the direction and development for technological responses to disruptive forces and driving targeted business outcomes. Technologies will include business applications, cloud security solutions, severs, security technologies, and industrial controls systems.

In this role, you would provide the leadership, facilitation, analysis and design tasks required for the development of an enterprise's security architecture. They create deliverables that help develop target-state guidance (reusable standards, guidelines, individual parts and configurations) for evolving information security across the enterprise, in order to enable business strategy and manage risk. They facilitate and orchestrate the delivery of targeted business outcomes through technical decisions and within alignment of the security and EA practices to ensure a cohesive solution is provided.

Day to Day:

  • Work with EA, security peers, and other stakeholders to analyze the enterprise business context (business strategy and trends), as well as change requirements in other enterprise architecture viewpoints (such as business, information and solution) to derive the security architecture future state. This includes defining the requirements, principles and models that guide technology decisions for the enterprise.
  • Understand security trends and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing risks and defining security strategy enterprises based on those risks.
  • Demonstrated experience in architecting, designing, implementing, and managing security for highly available, resilient systems (physical, virtual, cloud).
  • Drive digital innovation by leveraging innovative new technologies and approaches to renovate, extend, and transform the existing core technology base and IT estate.
  • Define high-level plans to address the gaps between the current and future state, typically in sync with the IT budgeting or other capital planning processes.
  • Lead the analysis of the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement. In addition, lead the analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the enterprise as well as on the enterprise technology architecture.
  • Coach, mentor and collaborate with technical subject matter experts and EA peers to develop a security architecture that enables and drives new business capabilities and operating models.
  • Assist with designing the governance, assurance and standards activities associated with ensuring enterprise security architecture compliance.
  • Oversee, or consult on, technology implementation and modification activities (for example, projects), particularly for new or shared security solutions. 
  • Oversee and facilitate the research, evaluation, and selection of hardware and software technology and product standards in the security area, as well as the design of standard configurations.
  • Identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures and culture) and financial impact of the enterprise technology architecture.
  • Document necessary enterprise security architecture design and analysis work, possibly including project postmortem documentation and metric collection.
  • Understand, advocate, and augment the business and IT strategies. Be prepared to "sell" the enterprise information security process its outcome and ongoing results.
  • Reports straight-line to the Senior Manager for Information Security and IT Compliance with a dotted-line to the Director of Enterprise Architecture.
  • Collaborate with business constituents, other EA team members, project teams and staff in various IT functional areas as needed to fulfill the responsibilities described above.

Come on your first day with:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, system analysis or a related study, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 10+ years of design and implementation experience in IT, with a deep knowledge in of the following technical disciplines: security architecture and design supporting enterprise level application environments, middleware, servers and storage, database management, and IT operations.
  • 3 + years of experience with cloud technologies (Azure, AWS)
  • Working knowledge of security solutions and Active Directory at the enterprise level.
  • Working knowledge of current threats
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technical configurations, technologies and processing environments 



  • Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of many, if not most, aspects of an enterprise security architecture
  • Knowledge of information principles and processes
  • Knowledge of financial models and budgeting
  • Understanding of infrastructure and application architecture
  • Understanding and knowledge of system development life cycle methodologies (such as waterfall, spiral, agile software development, rapid prototyping, incremental, synchronize and stabilize, and DevOps)
  • Understanding and knowledge of IT Service Management (ITSM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL Foundations Certification is required within 90 days of hiring) (TOGAF and CISSP certification are encouraged, but not required)
  • Knowledge and understanding of different modeling languages
  • Understanding and knowledge of IT standards and controls



  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations and how they relate to achieving targeted business outcomes
  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of technology alternatives
  • Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to enable future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive targeted business outcomes
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of existing, new and emerging technologies that enable and drive new business designs and models
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and be respected as a leader
  • Organizationally savvy, with understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics.
  • Ability to balance the long-term (big picture) and short-term implications of individual decisions
  • Motivated and driven by achieving long-term business outcomes
  • Team player and collaborative

What we offer:


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 21 Vacation Sick Time Days  
  • 11 paid holiday which includes 3 floating holidays. 
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • 1500 Sq foot exercise facility, onsite yoga classes, massage, and secure bike room. 


Financial -

  • Meaningful Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Generous 401K company contribution and match. 
  • 15% Discount on ESPP
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement 


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TRI Met Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless 


Base salary range: $120,200.00 - $177,750.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Grade 24, 12.0% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: 12/7/2022


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. NW Natural does not refuse to consider applicants with criminal histories.  Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at


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Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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