Manager IT Innovation, Automation & Emerging Technologies

Date: May 10, 2023

Location: Ybor City, Florida, US, 33605

Company: TECO

Title: Manager IT Innovation, Automation & Emerging Technologies 
Company: Tampa Electric Company
Location: Ybor Data Center 
State and City: Florida  -  Ybor City
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days

Recruiter: Mark E Koener 




TITLE:     Manager IT Innovation, Automation and Emerging Technologies
REPORTS TO:         Director, Advanced Digital Solutions
COMPANY:        Tampa Electric Company
DEPARTMENT:         Advanced Digital Solutions    



The Manager of Application Development and Support (Innovation, Automation and Emerging Technologies) oversees all aspects of software development and support for a team of Information Systems (IS) professionals. Manages all aspects of the Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) with primary responsibility for the design, development, and implementation phases.  Identifies appropriate systems solutions that support TECO’s business processes, estimating costs and timelines, and the subsequent oversight of projects that implement or enhance those solutions. 

Manages one or more teams made up of employee, contract, and consulting resources.  This includes responsibility for resource management, staff augmentation, vendor relationships, and contract management.  The Manager ensures there is adequate support for all assigned IS applications (including mission-critical applications) for both day-to-day operations and on-call support.

Maintains, and adheres to corporate and Information Technology (IT) policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and application of appropriate IT best practices.

As a leader of this team, the candidate should have an innovation mindset, be forward thinking and improve effectiveness through new ideas, processes, or technologies to provide a competitive advantage. 
As part of the Innovation-automation and emerging technology efforts, manages the team responsible for consistently delivering high quality proof-of-concepts, prototypes, pilots of emerging technologies and operationalize all such technologies so as to complement and accelerate digitization and business transformation.

Also provides thought leadership to take the cloud driven concepts such as DevOps and continuous integration/continuous deployment and integrate automated technology to deliver software which may include web, mobile solutions etc. and business value continuously across the Enterprise. Additionally, the Manager will need to deliver developer focused security toolsets across traditional waterfall-based or agile development activity within the Enterprise.


1.    Manage team member relations including recruiting, coaching, career development, disciplinary actions, promotions, and salary administration. (10%)

2.    Assign projects, tasks, and support responsibilities to team members.  Guide and coach team members to optimum performance and achievement of goals.  Ensure appropriate levels of application support are provided through team member assignments. (10%)

3.    Ensures adherence to company policies and standards; participates in the development and implementation of IT and IS department standards and procedures including SDLC and regulatory requirements. Establish and accomplish IT and IS department goals.  Convey company and departmental objectives and direction to staff.  (10%)

4.    Establish and maintain relationships with vendors regarding technology currently in use or of potential value to the organization. (10%)

5.    Manage the application portfolio in conjunction with the enterprise prioritization process for technology requests.  Evaluate and recommend improvements to the application portfolio in line with TECO’s Information Technology Roadmap. (10%)

6.    Participate in the preparation and management of department operating and capital budgets.  Forecast and manage expenditures within approved budget guidelines and prepare variance reports when needed. (10%)

7.    Maintain a high level of awareness of current and future information technologies and IT best practices.  Provide leadership for the evaluation and recommendation of new technologies and improvements to internal IT business processes. (10%)

8.    Align with strategic objectives and identify system automation opportunities by driving scalability or efficiency goals within the organization. In addition, provide thought leadership in conjunction with IT and Operations to inject innovative solutions into automation opportunities. (10%)

9.    Establish and manage an innovation, automation and emerging technology business operating model, focusing on business value, prioritization and appropriate level of ownership and engagement. (10%)

10.    Establish and lead the direction of a data science software engineering strategy, driving advanced algorithm innovation, and delivering data science solutions. This will involve collaboration with architects, product owners, project managers, delivery leads, data scientists and support team members to bring big data projects from discovery phases into production. (10%)


Direct:         Supervisory responsibility for assigned IS staff at various levels including the highest 
level of IT professionals.


Internal:     Reports to the Director Advanced Digital Solutions.  Interacts with all levels of management throughout the corporation as required to perform the above responsibilities and ensure maximum levels of service.      
External:     Responsible for building and maintaining external relationships with vendors, contractors, and other companies in the utility and technology industries.    



Required:     Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or related field required. Experience above minimum may be considered in lieu of Bachelor’s degree 

Preferred:     Advanced degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or related field desired.  

Related Experience:

Required:     A minimum of 8 years’ experience in progressively more complex assignments in Information Systems with at least 5 years of software development experience.

Supervisory Experience:

Required:     A minimum of 3 years of supervisory or leadership experience in Application Development


Required:     Expert knowledge of business software applications and hardware technologies.  Stays current with IT industry trends and emerging technologies; leads application of new technologies.

Expert verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills.  Frequently presents information to the IT department, business areas, and industry forums.  Partners with Project Managers to develop project plans for large projects.  Reviews     strategic value of projects.  

Reviews design specifications.  Identifies and introduces new development tools and technologies to advance the Information Technology architecture.  Expert with the Microsoft Office suite. Proficient with Microsoft Project.

Drives continuous process improvement for SDLC, maintenance, application support, and Information Technology architecture. 


TECO offers a competitive Benefits package!!

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage  *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs * On-site Fitness Centers * Bonus Plan and more!


STORM DUTY REQUIREMENTS....Please make sure to read below!!!  Responding to storms will be considered a condition of employment.

TECO Energy and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our TECO Energy customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.


TECO Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at TECO Energy will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
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)

ADA policy
It is the policy of TECO Energy to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.


Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.


Pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 



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