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Consumers Energy Company Infrastructure Architect in Jackson, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.The role of the Infrastructure Architect demands deep and broad technical skills in multiple technical domains such as server, storage, database, and network infrastructure. This role also demands strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead technical decision making as well as maintain complex technical documentation. The role requires the ability to serve as a Product Owner in an Agile framework.Responsibilities:and#8226;Lead technical SMEs from engineering teams to develop and document comprehensive technical designs meeting project, vendor, and business requirements.and#8226;Serves as accountable infrastructure technical design lead throughout project plan and define phases.and#8226;Works with engineering teams and other infrastructure architects to create new standard architectures as new technologies or requests arise.and#8226;Reviews and evaluate proposed solutions to ensure selected solutions meet or can be designed to fit within current infrastructure standards.and#8226;Communicate solution or design risks to project managers and business partners when they arise. OverviewThe IT Technical Job Family is utilized in Information Technology. Typically employees in this job family are required to design or maintain technology systems, to utilize various computer software programs, and to design, develop and/or provide advice and counsel on the operation of equipment, processes and procedures. They are responsible for ensuring adherence to laws and regulations applicable to Company employees. This job family includes Application Development, Infrastructure, Information Security, and Architecture. Nature of WorkDuties can include network management, software development and database administration. May also provide technical support to a business or an organization's employees and train non-technical workers on the business' information systems. May design systems and assess the effectiveness of technology resources already in use or new systems that are being implemented. Determines the practicality of changes and modification of systems. Works with external partners, including consultants, agencies and vendors, to arrive at the most appropriate system or integration of multiple systems. With information technology constantly changing, must stay up-to-date on emerging technologies and the potential effectiveness of these advancements in their current system.Essential FunctionsWorks closely with department managers and users to define and analyze business and operational problems, process improvement opportunities and requirements; analyzes operational and business mandates and legal requirements; identifies and analyzes complex, ambiguous and/or conflicting business process issues; advises department managers on applications development, enhancement and maintenance issues; explains technology and process options and assists managers in analysis and decision making; analyzes management information needs and recommends data and reporting processes; coordinates the development of department priorities and works within IT to align initiatives to these priorities; facilitates user meetings and joint development sessions. Develops and refines business models and relationship diagrams; evaluates methods of improving efficiency and cost effectiveness of business, technical and operational processes; works with users to reengineer work processes; analyzes funct