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Avista Utilities Network Engineer, Domain Architect in Spokane, Washington


Closes: December 3, 2020Salary: DOQ

Avista is an energy leader. For over 130 years, we have been dedicated to delivering reliable energy services and the choices that matter most to our customers. We are seeking an exceptional individual to provide technical leadership on our Network Engineering team as a Network Engineer, Domain Architect.

About the position:

As a Network Engineer, Domain Architect, you’ll play an integral role in building a holistic view and roadmap of the company’s network domain technology strategy and processes. You will partner with internal technology groups to ensure that the proposed technical solutions align with, and enable, the company’s overall objectives. You’ll collaborate with business leaders in other departments, internal innovation teams, and IT functional areas by helping them identify and take advantage of our complete portfolio of network services.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates technology trends, tools and techniques for potential application to infrastructure and research areas.

  • Partner with department and business unit leaders to define opportunities and projects based on business strategy goals.

  • Lead the gathering of requirements, analysis of solutions, and design of systems necessary to meet the networking needs of the business.

  • Perform gap analysis to reflect current status of existing network technologies and the ability to contribute and enable future state business needs.

  • Develop, document, and present network domain architecture and roadmaps based on business requirements and technology strategies.

  • Guide and advise stakeholders about disruptive network technologies and trends.

  • Facilitate and lead technical collaboration across technology domains including network, security, compute and storage, and applications.

  • Support the evaluation and selection of network design standards, as necessary.

  • Mentor Network Engineers to promote high levels of system architecture knowledge awareness.


An ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, System Engineering, Engineering, or related field of study

  • 14 years of experience designing and implementing enterprise scale technology solutions in at least two IT Infrastructure domains such as:

  • networks

  • security

  • compute and storage data center

  • WAN

  • cloud services

  • Extensive knowledge of operations and delivery concepts, principles, standards, tools, techniques and methodologie

  • Strong knowledge of system testing best practices and methodologies

  • Deep understanding of technology design process and design methodologies

  • Ability to connect strategy to architecture and architecture to design

    • Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels of the enterprise (Team, Mgr., Sr. Mgr., Director, VP, etc.)

  • Other combinations of education/experience may be considered

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Pre-employment screening requirementsEmployment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drug test, background check and motor vehicle records review.

Avista’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. Avista will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process, and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible, where undue hardship would not be created for Avista. Please let us know if you would like assistance.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)