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Xcel Energy Senior Enterprise Architect (Enterprise Architecture) Job in Minnesota

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis; CO - Denver

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Position Summary

The Senior Enterprise Architect is a key role within the IT organization. This person will implement enterprise solutions consistent with enterprise architecture. Accountable to IT operational areas to implement solutions that are reliable and available. Understand and advocate EA principles and guidelines and be prepared to "sell" the EA process, its outcome, and ongoing results. Provides guidance to the Project Architect in the early planning stage around the different solution patterns that may be appropriate for a specific solution. Expert knowledge and understanding of EA Principles, Technology Directions, Reference Architectures and Standards and assists in ensuring solutions follow EA direction. Will assist in championing and leading enterprise solutions that meet EA direction.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Architectural Operations: Lead and/or participate in detailed design reviews. Review and approve projects and work efforts to ensure that they are compliant with architectural standards. Track and manage exceptions to standards. Continuously improve operational processes. Assess, report, and make recommendations to eliminate operational risk related to technology or architecture.

  • Technical Expertise: Guides engineers and project architects in creating architecture and design. Ensures technical team understands the overall vision. Assist and co-author reference architectures, technology directions and maintenance of standards and documentation. Provide consultation and direction to delivery and operational teams on optimal architecture for respective solutions. Maintain state-of-the-art expertise of enterprise architecture technologies, frameworks, and industry innovations.

  • Leadership: Lead work cross-organizationally through coaching and feedback, and through significant interactions and influence with leaders. Govern work efforts to ensure alignment with reference architecture, IT strategy and policy. Collaborate cross-organizationally to influence alignment on and adoption of enterprise architecture standards.

  • Planning and Strategy: Participate in creation and renewal of an overarching IT strategy. Develop and enforce reference architecture standards that are aligned with IT strategies and principles. Contribute to architecture road maps and provide input to technology roadmaps. Ensure the domain IT Strategy align with Enterprise Architecture framework and standards.

Minimum Requirements

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

  • Ten years of related functional experience.

  • Architecture acumen across multiple domains including network, infrastructure, software, hosting models, mobile platforms, and security.

  • Exposure to diverse systems, technologies, and processing environments in a large Corporate setting.

  • Project solution architecture experience.

  • General knowledge of core aspects of enterprise architecture (Software, Hardware, Network, Integration, Data, hosting models, platform types, etc.).

  • Strong 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.

  • Excellent communication skills, effective with varying organizational levels and skill sets.

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

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Communications and relationship building - engage in significant interaction with leadership and technical levels; able to effectively communicate highly technical information to numerous audiences; effectively develop relationships with individuals inside IT. Deliver difficult messages and express disagreement with others with confidence and self-control. Address challenges to technical recommendations and influence others to change their approach and work collectively in a highly matrixed organization to implement new/difficult initiatives. Gain support and consensus from related stakeholders for the solution.

  • Seen by others as a "go-to" technical resource and advisor offering meaningful technical solutions; can quickly resolve issues that are complex and uncharted; accountable for coaching/mentoring associates on their technical versatility and problem-solving skills; inspiring and mentoring other senior technologies. Provide technical leadership and architectural direction for multiple projects.

  • The individual is expected to be a long-term resource that understands our environment and builds the relationships necessary to succeed. They will be working simultaneously on multiple projects and need to have significant experience working in large highly matrixed corporations.

During COVID-19 Pandemic this position may require the ability to temporarily work remote within the company service territory until company protocol dictates return to the office criteria has been met. Telecommuting Policy: A plan has been created to officially rollout a hybrid work-from-home option that will take effect when it is safe to move forward to return to the workplace. This position will participate in this new policy.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

Posting Notes: MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis; CO - Denver || United States (US) || Customer And Innovation || 56230:IT-Architecture || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $100,000 to $142,000 per year

Click here (https://jobs.xcelenergy.com/content/Total-Rewards/?locale=en_US) to see our benefits

Requisition Number: 37209

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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

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