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Cloud Architect - Remote


Akron, OH, US, 44320

Job Function:  Information Technology
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  38846



FirstEnergy at a Glance


We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.


FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of 3,780 megawatts.


About the Opportunity


This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.  [SC00]


The ability to work remotely within the United States may be available based on business need. This option is not available in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois or New York at this time.


We have recently embarked on a Digital transformation journey where we are reimaging the way we work and serve our users. Our projects benefit the community by aiding in providing safe, reliable electricity to everyone:

  • Customer: create analytics to improve customer satisfaction along the customer journey for a lifetime as they move-in to a residence, pay their bill and move to new residences.
  • Transmission & Distribution: develop algorithms to detect asset failures, reduce outages and provide reliable electricity to customers.
  • Smart Meter: provide customers with the electric usage they need to make smart decisions about their home as well as reduce threats and theft in the electric system.


What you’ll do:


As a Cloud Architect at FirstEnergy you will oversee the technical implementation of our enterprise wide cloud deployment and migration strategy for our digitally enabled environment.  This is a hands-on role crafting the cloud usage patterns for the entire organization with a strong focus on microservices, containers, immutable infrastructure and migrating existing workloads to cloud. Furthermore,

    • You will execute the strategic roadmap for cloud architecture and lead the culture for cloud adoption
    • You will define technology patterns within the cloud infrastructure as well as develop and maintain governance processes, procedures, and policies within cloud infrastructure
    • You will ensure technology implementations in the cloud architecture are in line with global standards and market leaders
    • You will provide Subject Matter Expertise on cloud technology for Cloud Engineers
    • You will work closely with the Enterprise Architecture team to make sure usage is integrated and optimized across private cloud, on-premise and public cloud
    • You will regularly evaluate cloud infrastructure, applications, and software
    • You will work closely with IT security to monitor and refine FirstEnergy’s security framework


What You Will Need to be Qualified:


  • You have a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline such as Computer Science or another related field with 7 years related experience.  In lieu of a degree, you have 9 years of related experience.
    • Your related experience should include in depth knowledge of: Agile/Scrum methodologies, Azure, Cloud Migrations, and Infrastructure as Code
  • You have at least 3 years of experience in a Cloud Architecture lead role
  • You have extensive experience working in an Azure environment (AWS and GCP are a nice to have)
  • You have experience in Agile/Scrum methodologies using Azure DevOps and PowerShell.
  • You have delivered large scale enterprise cloud migration initiatives end to end
  • You have active coach and mentor experience with goals to grow and maximize your team’s potential
  • You have proven expertise in infrastructure as code (e.g., ARM, DevOps, GitLab, Terraform, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, Chocolatey, VMware vRA toolsets)
  • You have strong communication skills with the ability to align the organization on complex technical decisions
  • You are willing to travel throughout the organization and service territory and work extended hours, as required




Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification


FirstEnergy Human Resources Team

Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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