Principal Data Solutions Architect


On Site
Depends on Experience
Full Time
No Travel Required


Business Intelligence
Business Objects
Capital Planning
Computer Science
Cost Reduction
Data Analysis
Data Architecture
Data Management
Elastic Search
Enterprise Miner
Excellent written
IT strategy
Information Architecture
Information Systems
Predictive Modeling
Root Cause Analysis
SAP Business Warehouse
Scaled Agile
Six Sigma
Solutions Architecture

Job Details

Job Title: Principal Data Solutions Architect Job ID: 24-01856 Location: Oakland, CA (This position is hybrid, working from your remote office and your assigned location based on business need.) Duration: STRAIGHT FTE/ Client's DIRECT HIRE

Department Overview:

The Data Solutions Architecture Team at Company is responsible for driving long-term, enterprise-wide data solutions, target state architecture, and overall excellence with the application of data, analytics and information to critical business challenges and opportunities. This team is chartered to develop the strategy, roadmap, and accompanying standards that will enable better use of data and information and to develop analytics maturity at Client.

Position Summary

The Digital Utility runs on data and information. Client believes that one of the most critical drivers of our future success depends on our ability to extract insights and information from the data we manage. The Principal Solution Architect fills a critical role in Client's success building the Digital Utility.

The Principal Solution Architect will contribute to the Enterprise Data & Analytics Strategy and Roadmap and will develop innovative, cost-effective approaches to solve business problems through the use of technology and best practices. In this role, you will help to socialize the strategy with business and technology stakeholders to ensure that it continues to meet enterprise needs. You will develop architectural guidance documents, mentor and train other architects and project team members, and institute and operate practices that will ensure that the strategy is fully understood and provides direction to business and IT activities.

We strive for a team that will make a difference in the new Client. As an Enterprise Data Solution Architect, you will have a direct impact on the day-to-day life of data solutions, delivery, and affect the Safety of California. You will be collaborating with other technical leaders and Executive Leadership to define standards and boundaries of how data works and operates for the Enterprise. As a Solution Architect, you will have a supportive manager, collaborative team, and have the ability to be ground breaking, forward thinking, and revolutionize the way Client thinks and be a critical role in revolutionizing solutions that are industry changing as we are one of the most advanced Digital Utility.

  • The Principal Solutions Architect will report to the Senior Manager of Data Solutions Architecture in the Data Analytics & Insights department of Information Technology.
  • This position is hybrid, working from your remote office and your assigned location based on business need.
  • Client is providing the salary range that the company in good faith believes it might pay for this position at the time of the job posting. This compensation range is specific to the locality of the job. The actual salary paid to an individual will be based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, specific skills, education, licenses or certifications, experience, market value, geographic location, and internal equity. Although we estimate the successful candidate hired into this role will be placed between the entry point and the middle of the range, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis related to these factors. This job is also eligible to participate in Client's discretionary incentive compensation programs.

Job Description:

  • Own the Information Architecture and related Technical Architecture for one or more sub-domains of the Data & Information Architecture domain.
  • Understand and document the business capabilities needed to deliver on the mission of the Data & Information Architecture Team.
  • Ensure that IT and business stakeholders understand and adhere to architectural guidance, standards, policies, and practices for your domains.
  • Develop and execute strategies to introduce new capabilities needed, evolve and mature existing capabilities, and retire capabilities at their end of life.
  • Develop and maintain architectural guidance documents and artifacts, practices and procedures, and governance to support the above.
  • Support technology strategy, planning, and road mapping activities across IT and at the enterprise level.
  • Participate in the development of IT strategy and the identification and design of IT architectures to support the business architecture and the business strategies.
  • Root Cause Analysis and Investigation: Lead investigations into repetitive damage and failure rates, utilizing root cause analysis techniques. Implement corrective and preventive actions based on findings.
  • Reliability and Capital Planning: Participate in annual and long-term reliability planning, ensuring alignment with operational objectives. Contribute to the development and execution of life cycle asset management processes.
  • Technical Support and Collaboration: Provide applications engineering support to product teams. Collaborate with product teams, support teams, and customers on shared goals, cross-team projects, and new initiatives.
  • Performance Monitoring and Improvement: Monitor, measure, and enhance the performance and state-awareness of systems. Identify and drive improvements in infrastructure and system reliability, performance, and monitoring.
  • Data Analysis and Predictive Modeling: Perform statistical data analysis. Utilize data insights for capacity planning, demand forecasting, and identifying performance bottlenecks.
  • Continuous Improvement and Standards Development: Strive for continuous improvement in processes and reliability practices. Develop and evolve standards and procedures in response to business and customer needs.
  • Cost Reduction: Identifies wasteful processes and procedures. Work with teams to streamline and automate tasks according to standards.



  • High School diploma or General Education Development (GED).
  • 7 or more years of relevant work experience in Information Technology, Data Management, Business Intelligence, and Analytics.


  • BA/BS in Computer Science/ Information Systems, Business, Engineering, etc. or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Experience working directly with line of business stakeholders demonstrating job-related skills.
  • Experience with analytics and data management principles such as: data acquisition and modeling, data warehousing, business intelligence, metadata management, master data management, advanced analytics and data science, "big data" techniques, public/hybrid/private cloud data management and analytics services data security, and data and analytics governance.
  • Experience with enterprise business architecture principles and industry standard architecture frameworks.
  • Ability to achieve a deep understanding of line of business strategies, priorities, needs, and current capabilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to engage and influence business and IT stakeholders, senior leadership and external partners.
  • Customer management and negotiation skills that enable the ability to mediate opposing viewpoints and articulate the advantages of a preferred solution.
  • Strong leadership skills in the technology domain and a high level of drive, initiative and assertiveness.
  • Familiarity with at least two or more of: Scaled Agile, Scrum development methodology, DevOps/DevSecOps, LEAN, Six Sigma or ITIL practices.
  • Experience with any of the following: Data Architecture, Elastic Search, DBT, Airflow, Palantir Foundry, Data Quality
  • tools, Collibra, MDM, Informatica, Spark, Snowflake, Teradata, SAP Business Warehouse, Business Objects Suite, Tableau, SAS Enterprise Miner, and other database and BI technologies, open-source Hadoop, and related technologies, data access languages such as SQL, SAS, R, Python, Scala, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills across all levels; ability to communicate complex technical concepts to
  • leaders, business sponsors and stakeholders in clear, concise language that inspires confidence and earns trust.
  • Experience with UX research, design thinking (DT), or in bringing products to market.
  • Experience working in the Utility Industry and a working knowledge of Utility concepts and challenges a plus.


Factors which may affect starting pay within this range may include [geography/market, skills, education, experience and other qualifications of the successful candidate].