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Xcel Energy Kafka Engineer Job in Minnesota

Job Grade: R

Hierarchy: Yes - We may hire at a higher level

Union Position: Non-Bargaining

Position Summary

The IT Engineer is responsible to contribute to technical aspects of IT solution delivery, strategic planning, and operational excellence. They are responsible for managing the overall health of the technology ecosystem, and will manage and implement solutions that meet business needs, and support the overall IT Strategy. In partnership with architecture, they provide technical guidance with cross-organizational input and in accordance with business unit objectives. They consult to business managers, architecture and security teams to drive cross-awareness of business needs and opportunities. They bring innovative solutions to the business line by leveraging their technical expertise. They identify and implement continuous improvement over cost, operation, and functionality of the solutions in their domain.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Solution Delivery: Lead and support solution lifecycle technical activities. Ensure solutions are designed for great user experience and operational performance. Lead design, ensuring Enterprise Architecture, Security, Operations and Compliance aspects are continuously integrated into solutions. Provide input to cost and schedule estimation. Responsible for overall integrity of system design and operation. Oversee vendor activities.

  • Operations: Review solution performance, and continually assess health of systems. Track and drive awareness to operational and technical debt risks. Provide escalated support to incident and problem management. Utilize analytics to improve availability, reliability, efficiency and capacity. Oversee vendor activities.

  • Subject Matter Expertise: Continuously stay current on, and apply, technical industry knowledge pertaining to the respective domain.

  • Relationship Management: Conduct peer reviews and approve system changes and technical solution design. Coach and mentor less experience team members. Partner cross-organizationally to drive minimal costs on optimal solutions. Provide in-depth technical information to stakeholders as needed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Seven years of related functional experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Science, Business or related field, or 4 years of experience equivalent to the position.

  • Excellent communication skills, effective with varying organizational levels and skill set, and able to translate between technical and non-technical concepts.

  • Excellent Relationship Management and collaboration skills, with a track record of working as one team cross-organizationally to drive innovation and business results.

  • Experience managing the lifecycle of technical solutions.

  • Deep Subject Matter Expertise within the respective system domain products, platforms, processes and architecture.

  • Broad general knowledge of technology architecture, infrastructure, network, security and software principles and models.

  • Experience working in partnership with internal and external vendors.

  • Proven analytical, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.

  • Extensive knowledge of future technology trends within area of expertise.

  • Demonstrated leadership on technical aspects of large scale projects.

  • Experience with delivery methodologies (Waterfall, Agile, Scrum) and operational models (ITIL).

  • Experience and understanding of core IT Service Management functions, such as Change Management and Incident Management.

Preferred Requirements

  • 4-6 or more years' experience as a Kafka engineer for the specific technical discipline.

  • Hands-on experience in building scalable data pipelines at multi-terabyte scale using technologies like Kafka, and streaming technologies like Kafka Streams is required.

  • Experience in working with relational database systems like SQL Server, MySQL etc. is required.

  • Experience with developing and deploying microservices on AWS cloud, strong system design/development experience in building large scale distributed systems and products.

  • Troubleshooting: The candidate must be able to engage in solving complex problems.

  • Ensure that post-production operational processes / deliverables are well designed and implemented prior to the project moving into the solution support phase.


Competency Band:

  • Accountability

  • Customer and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Job and Business Expertise

  • Operational Excellence

  • Relationship Focused

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis; CO - Denver; TX - Amarillo; WI - Eau Claire

Organization: Technology Services

Department: 56745:IT-Enterprise Services

Schedule: Full-Time

Non-Union jobs will be posted internally for a minimum of 5 business days, after 5 days the job may be unposted at any time.

Union jobs will be posted based on the union agreement.

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $87,000 to $123,666 per year

This position may also be eligible for the following benefits and/or pay components: Pay - Annual Incentive Program, Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Transportation Reimbursement Account, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only), Parental Leave

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Recruiter: Elizabeth A Robinson

Hiring Manager: Deepak K Khadanga

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com

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