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IT Industrial Control and Communications Systems Architect 

Non-Union Position
IS Enterprise Architecture; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 3827  


The Role:

NW Natural offers an IT Industrial Control and Communications Systems Solution Architect opportunity to interested applicants.  The following is a summary of the position specifics. At NW Natural, our enterprise architecture team is setting up best in class enterprise architecture discipline that is aligned to business strategy and business outcome driven IT/OT (Operational Technology) strategy and guiding the realization of the strategy through enterprise class solution architectures. You will join as a key member of the architecture team with a focus Industrial control and communications systems architecture domains, specializing in the areas of application of these technologies in the Utility Gas control, AMI services and plant operations. We are leading this transformation journey with big picture thinking, streamlining the systems portfolio and blending the innovation with the appropriate technology trends. 

The position is a member of the Enterprise Architecture team and responsible for Industrial IT and OT architecture that includes SCADA systems, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) networks, and radio communications systems (voice & data transport – both enterprise and ICS). The primary role of the Architect is to ensure that the relevant Industrial IT and OT perspectives, standards, and practices are in line with NW Natural’s strategies, policies and standards for design and deployment of such systems across the enterprise.  The position provides thought leadership on Industrial Control Systems, SCADA, and advanced radio communication infrastructure strategy and applying modern technology trends like Mobility, IoT and Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) in alignment to the business strategy and business objectives.  The position also ensures the overall IT/ICS and OT architecture is maintained in a coherent manner and that appropriate considerations are made for its security, reliability, resilience, and quality.  Finally, the position is required to interpret, use and apply information from the environment to inform a range of continuous improvement activities.  

Day to Day:


  • Recommends and develops the IT/ICS, SCADA and OT architecture strategic blueprint and roadmap ensuring the future state comprehends business trends towards renewables (renewable natural gas, hydrogen…)
  • The strategic architecture blueprint should also comprehend opportunities in communication network landscape for efficiencies, latest trends in Mobility, IoT and AMI in alignment with long-term business goals
  • Accountable for the strategic architecture for the Future Gas Control Room as set forth in the Gas Control Daily Operations Platform strategy, pipeline situational awareness, SCADA infrastructure and field area network
  • Advises and defines a unified communication strategy and architecture that considers the Gas Control, AMI and other radio communication use cases in the enterprise.
  • Advises, authors and recommends IT/ICS, SCADA and OT solutions, processes, tools and methodologies.
  • Assures autonomous process plant designs with regard to IT/ICS, SCADA, and OT domains conform to established standards and established operational/support paradigms 
  • Performs long term planning for End of Life and End of Serviceable life of SCADA systems, Telemetry and associated OT platforms (including microwave and LMR), and the transition of commercial services to other transport technologies
  • Shares best practices, lessons learned and constantly updates the technical system architecture requirements based on changing technologies, and knowledge related to the latest vendor products and solutions 
  • Stays abreast of the latest innovations by participation in ecosystems comprised of industry, academia and government entities in the Utility sector
  • Identifies and recommends areas appropriate for further study and participates in any Proof-of-Concept projects required to thoroughly investigate architectural possibilities and strengthen arguments for their adoption
  • Collaborates with all relevant parties (including Enterprise Architecture, Gas Storage/Control, Network Control Systems and Engineering) in order to review the objectives and constraints of each solution and determine conformance with the established ICS networking architecture and support paradigm.  Recommends the most suitable technical architecture and defines the solution at a high level
  • Identifies implementation risks and analyzes potential impact on the IT/ICS system environment and on the achievement of scheduled objectives
  • Reviews and provide assessment of bandwidth utilization, reporting and management within existing constraints as part of recurring monitoring and keeping the ICS network capacity on par with the demand
  • Facilitates and enables the delivery of large complex projects
  • Participates as a subject matter expert for external audit preparation, data gathering in order to demonstrate compliance
  • Demonstrates appropriate leadership and decision-making behaviors; maintains technical job knowledge and personal skill development
  • Supports company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.

Come on your first day with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience; advanced degree desirable
  • Professional Engineer or pursuing P.E. certification desirable
  • Deep technical experience in industrial control systems in one or more of the following areas: controls & automation, communications engineering, ICS networking or SCADA systems
  • 20 years of progressively responsible related experience with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a technical leadership role
  • Served as technical authority for SCADA systems, field telemetry or related ICS domains 
  • Experience in designing, implementing, troubleshooting, and commissioning modern HMI/SCADA applications and demonstrated problem solving skills using SCADA systems and architectures is required
  • Experience in designing, implementing, troubleshooting, and commissioning advanced communications systems including point-to-point microwave, MAS / LMR/ and DMR radio deployments desirable
  • Experience in architecting, designing AMI network planning and data aggregation is highly desirable.
  • Ability to provide level-of-effort estimates and complete strategy focused deliverables within allotted time
  • Demonstrated desire to learn new technologies and ability to adapt to new operating models and changing business requirements effectively
  • Strong customer service and collaboration skills are required
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex problems and issues in a concise manner (oral/written) to many different audiences (customers, peers, and management) is required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and encourage collaboration among a multi-discipline team of resources to accomplish established goals effectively and efficiently is required
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to investigate complex business problems in detail, diagnose, and provide an effective and efficient alternative is required
  • Strong consultation skills with the ability to provide thought leadership and offer high level recommendations without the full picture
  • Knowledge of natural gas business is required
  • Able to focus and prioritize a complex set of competing initiatives

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% 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: 12/21/2022


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. 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 or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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