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Senior Application Developer – IT Energy Systems

Portland General Electric
January 9, 2022
121 SW Salmon, Portland, OR
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This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Senior Application Developer - IT Energy Systems

Application Development Provides application software development services. Develops program logic for new applications or analyzes and modifies logic in existing applications. Codes, tests, debugs, and documents software applications. Analyzes requirements and tests and integrates application components. Ensures that system improvements are successfully implemented.

Key Job Information

Specialist Professional Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead functional teams or projects.

Key Responsibilities

Programming/Software Development (PROG) Sets local or team-based standards for programming tools and techniques, including security guidelines and the selection of appropriate development methods. Advises on application of standards and methods and ensures compliance. Takes technical responsibility for all stages and/or iterations in a software development project, providing method-specific technical advice and guidance to project stakeholders. Assigns work packages, monitors performance, and manages change control dynamically to optimize productivity. Provides advice, guidance, and assistance to less experienced colleagues as required.

Application Support (ASUP) Drafts and maintains procedures and documentation for applications support. Manages application enhancements to improve business performance. Advises on application security, licensing, upgrades, backups, and disaster-recovery needs. Ensures that all requests for support are dealt with according to set standards and procedures.

Incident Management (USUP) Ensures that incidents are handled according to agreed procedures. Investigates escalated incidents to responsible service owners and seeks resolution. Facilitates recovery following resolution of incidents. Ensures that resolved incidents are properly documented and closed. Analyzes causes of incidents and informs service owners in order to minimize probability of recurrence and contribute to service improvement. Analyzes metrics and reports on performance of incident-management process.

Problem Management (PBMG) Ensures that appropriate action is taken to anticipate, investigate and resolve problems in systems and services. Ensures that such problems are fully documented within the relevant reporting system(s). Enables development of problem solutions. Coordinates the implementation of agreed remedies and preventative measures. Analyzes patterns and trends.

Systems Design (DESN) Specifies and designs large or complex systems. Selects appropriate design standards, methods and tools consistent with agreed enterprise and solution architectures and ensures they are applied effectively. Reviews others' systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Contributes to policy for selection of architecture components. Evaluates and undertakes impact analysis on major design options and assesses and manages associated risks. Ensures that the system design balances functional, service quality, security and systems management requirements.

Systems Integration (SINT) Designs and builds integration components and interfaces. Leads practical integration work under the technical direction of the system/service designer. May contribute to the overall design of the service. May define the technical criteria for product/component selection. Contributes to decisions about tools, methods and approaches.


  • Education Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering, management or other related field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience Typically eight or more years in related field.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of business goals and scope of change initiatives
  • Advanced knowledge of user experience design frameworks
  • Advanced knowledge of change management processes
  • Advanced knowledge of software configuration
  • Advanced knowledge of operating system concepts
  • Advanced knowledge of database concepts
  • Intermediate knowledge of infrastructure concepts
  • Advanced knowledge of service continuity planning and support

IT Energy Systems covers highly complex and vital systems, requiring a senior level of acumen and ability of the following:

  • Requires knowledge of languages such as C# .Net, Java
  • Exposure to Microservice Architecture, RESTful API's
  • Experience building solutions for cloud platforms like AWS, Azure or GCP
  • Requires knowledge with using, writing, and troubleshooting Oracle and MS SQL Databases
  • Familiarity with scripting languages, JavaScript, Python, R, Perl
  • Familiar with Git, and container management technologies
  • Requires knowledge Testing and QA skills.
  • Familiarity with UI/UX design
  • Ability to work on-call schedule.

General Competencies

  • Advanced customer-focus skills
  • Advanced accuracy skills
  • Advanced risk-management skills
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced interpersonal skills
  • Advanced decision-making skills
  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills
  • Advanced meeting facilitation skills
  • Advanced team-building skills

Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level

Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines, and time-sensitive tasks
  • Ability to follow accuracy standards
  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks
  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress
  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change
  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback
  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement
  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers, and others within the organization
  • Demonstrates sound memory
  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

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