Director, Technology Data and Analytics

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

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IT, Data Science
Austin, TX, USA · Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

PEC is a dynamic and rapidly growing electric distribution cooperative committed to making energy more reliable, affordable, and an industry leader in customer satisfaction. As we expand and modernize our operations, we are seeking an experienced and visionary Director, Technology Data and Analytics to oversee technology operations, spearhead digital transformation initiatives, and ensure the security, reliability, efficiency, and scalability of our technology investments.

PHYSICAL OFFICE LOCATION: PEC Technology Center – 1506 US-281, Johnson City, TX 78636

Position Summary

This position is responsible for providing strategic IT leadership to ensure security, availability and reliability of PEC’s technology infrastructure and applications, and guide business partners to design reliable, scalable enterprise data and analytics platforms and systems that improve our business, member experience, and service operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct a team of highly capable experts to assist analysts in the business with advanced analytics capabilities (e.g. advanced research, AI, and ML)
  • Establish, implement, and maintain PEC’s data and analytics strategy and governance process, including full data lifecycle management
  • Serve as the chief data architect for the enterprise
  • Select, manage, and standardize data and analytics tools and technologies
  • Advise IT team and business partners on best practices for data management and ensuing the business maximizing the use of data to aid decision making and story telling
  • Develop and maintain enterprise data assets
  • Create and enforce policy and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Facilitate collaboration with technology and business partners to realize the value of information assets, and of the analytics used to render insights for decision-making and organizational insight
  • Establish the strategy for managing data
  • Develop methods to ensure consistent application and use of analytics
  • Establish the governance of data and algorithms used for analysis, analytical applications and automated decision making
  • Lead collaborative data and analytics practices and assure the ongoing relevance of PEC’s data and analytics strategy in collaboration with the CTO team and business leaders.
  • Document and employ an enterprise data governance model that is consistent with the PEC capabilities and competencies required to execute the strategy.
  • Expand the organization’s research and analytics offerings, especially in emerging analytical approaches, skills, and technologies, focusing them on digital business innovation.
  • Develop and manage Technology capital and O&M budget and prioritizes purchases in alignment with PEC’s budgetary and fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with PEC IT and Cybersecurity staff to implement infrastructure and processes for

    keeping the Utility’s datasecure. Collaborates on the development and implementation of an enterprise risk-based cybersecurity program that ensures prioritized and appropriate levels of protection for systems. Collaborates to facilitate meeting all relevant industry Cyber Security Standards (NIST/NERC/APA/etc.)

  • Maintain familiarity with electric utility innovation projects, including system & plant automation, distribution automation, grid edge and behind-the-meter technology
  • Consult on development of grid modernization strategy, including Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Automation/Smart grid and Technology projects, and their integration with the foundational technology architecture
  • Establish external relationships with industry peers to exchange information and strategies and maintains up to date knowledge of state-of-the-art technology concepts and solutions with an emphasis within the utility industry, but also including non-utility concepts as they map to utility issues
  • Work closely to ensure plans and strategies that enable PEC to achieve its strategic and tactical business objectives remaining in alignment with PEC’s Technology and Data strategy
  • Build, promote, and oversee strategic relationships between divisions and units promoting trust and partnership
  • Develop and manage relationships and collaboration opportunities with key vendors and technology partners
  • Recruit, develop and lead a dynamic team of technical professionals, data managers, and other support functions to develop and execute the division’s strategic and tactical assignments
  • Manage a multicultural and diverse staff in a workplace that values diversity, fairness, and equity
  • Maintain the security of confidential information
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance
  • Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned.

Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities

A full range of supervisory activities, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for termination. This includes, but is not limited to, effectively communicating organizational policies and other information to subordinates, ensuring that employees have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth understanding of the broad landscape of Operational Technology services and trends and their application to PEC’s mission, including their integration within PEC’s technology architecture
  • In-depth technical knowledge in Operational Technologies with a focus on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, Electric Distribution SCADA/Outage. Management

    System (OMS)/Distribution Management System (DMS) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), T&D automation technology

  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging utility technology strategy concepts, data systems and architecture, and innovative technology solutions
  • Knowledge of emerging utility and public infrastructure issues, and social, economic, and political impacts
  • Working knowledge of Project Management process and concepts. Demonstrated experience managing project budgets
  • Strong functional understanding of systems and processes including utility automation, networking technologies and Cybersecurity methods
  • Strong ability to lead and manage change written and verbal communications skill, with experience creating and delivering public presentations to a variety of constituents
  • Demonstrated knowledge developing strategic recommendations for grid modernization and utility technology innovation

Minimum Qualifications - (Education, Experience, Certification, & Licensing)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Directly related experience may substitute for education
  • Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • Ten years of directly related experience in data architecture and/or data /analytics operations, including five years of management experience, with progressively responsible leadership and demonstrated ability leading high-performing teams in large organizations
  • Energy or utility experience preferred

Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to 25 pounds
  • The employee may be required to travel
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period
  • This position may be required to work more than 40 hours per week

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.

Position open until filled

Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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