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Principal Technical Lead

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Requisition ID # 115458 

Job Category : Information Technology 

Job Level : Manager/Principal

Business Unit: Information Technology

Job Location : San Francisco



Department Overview

PG&E’s Information Technology (IT) organization is comprised of various unified departments which collaborate effectively in order to deliver high quality technology solutions.


The Digital Catalyst Team within IT is responsible for working collaboratively with the lines of business (e.g., Gas Operations, Electric Operations, etc.) to implement consumer grade mobile and web solutions across various user groups (e.g., field users, office workers, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to:


  • Deploying best-in-class / rapid delivery capability for mobile and web solutions
  • Simplifying, improving, and standardizing business work management processes through application of user-centric design thinking principles
  • Rapid delivery of mobile and web applications


Digital Catalyst consists of a staff of highly skilled professionals working together following an agile methodology and design thinking. We are a “start-up” department within IT and building driven and creative engineering team. We take the time to understand our partners’ needs and translate those into solutions that delight our users. Our goal is to deliver products with intuitive user experience that will improve PG&E employees’ and customer’s safety, productivity and overall well-being.


Position Summary

We are looking for a technical lead to be part of our team. Your primary focus would be to provide technical leadership and mentorship across the product engineering teams and drive technical feasibility assessment discussions for products as you collaborate with the Product Owners, Development Leads and the Design team. You will be required to provide solutions for technical problems and drive discussions with teams within IT and Lines of Business. The role will entail working with product owner, design team and other engineers to build and launch mobile and web applications. 


What you will get:

  • The opportunity to contribute, in the earliest stages, a best in class digital organization that ships real products to real users every other week
  • Extreme leadership support for your development and your day to day success
  • Autonomy to make decisions in a rapidly growing team
  • Best in class perks and benefits



  • Lead and mentor the development (e.g., iOS, Node.js, SAP) team in a hands-on way, by coaching and mentoring other team members
  • Provide technical feasibility assessment while collaborating with Product Owner and Design team to guide features and provide technical know-how
  • Provide subject matter expertise on application development 
  • Evolve technical vision to incorporate new technologies
  • Makes tradeoffs among tech options to balance risk (execution, support, vendor, TCO)
  • Debug and optimize complex applications on real devices
  • Bring experience of web services (Node.js/MongoDB) to development team
  • Effectively communicate the vision and architecture to team members
  • Maintain a productive working environment for development teams
  • Be a strong advocate for a culture of quality across Digital Catalyst
  • Follow an agile development methodology
  • Reduce single points of failure in team




  • High School diploma or General Education Development (GED)
  • Minimum 7 years of experience working in application development and architecture



  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years of hands on experience designing and building robust applications, infrastructure, and APIs using AWS technologies
  • Minimum 5 years of experience developing solution architecture and design patterns for complex technical problems
  • Hands on experience working with multiple technologies and platforms
  • Exposure to enterprise applications and ERP systems (e.g. SAP)
  • Experience working as an Agile/Technical Lead in an Agile environment
  • Experience leading Releasing deployments in AWS
  • Experience designing and contributing to CI/CD
  • Strong experience with AWS services like Lambda, ECS, EKS; Appsync/Apollo or relevant technologies; NoSQL databases (Aurora, Couchbase); GraphQL is a plus
  • Experience with developing solutions for Mobile applications
  • Experience with GIS is a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP and/or ESRI a plus
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills and a strong work ethic
  • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Able to build strong relationships with and influence at the Director level of leadership
  • Able to build a sense of trust and rapport that creates a comfortable & effective workplace
  • Able to further community & elevate team performance
  • Bring a high-energy and passionate outlook to the role and has strong sense of ownership




Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

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Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland