Senior Operations Planning Engineer

Transpower New Zealand

Do you thrive in a decision-orientated, real time environment? Join our collaborative Operations Planning team who stand together – Tū mai Aotearoa – to enable New Zealand’s electrified future!

Transpower owns and operates New Zealand’s National Grid, the High Voltage transmission network connecting areas of generation with the businesses and people who rely on access to electricity. With a whole-of-industry view of the electricity network we are at the forefront of New Zealand’s energy transformation.

About The Team

Operations Planning, within the Operations division, provides coordination, planning and engineering support to enable safe and efficient access to the power system. The team prepares plans and advice for the real time control room teams on operational engineering to maintain system security.

About The Opportunity

We’re seeking a Senior Operations Planning Engineer to join us in either Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch.

As a senior engineer within a geographically dispersed team, you’ll provide technical and strategic leadership and advice to the Operations Planning Managers as well as develop, mentor and support our engineers, including graduates, as they build their soft skills and technical capability.

You’ll lead projects on behalf of the team and be heavily involved in process, technical and engineering improvements to ensure we can maintain a secure and reliable power system now – and into the future.

You’ll make a major contribution as you:

  • identify and mitigate potential security impacts and ensure system security can be maintained
  • ensure commissioning activity and updates of asset information and capability changes to the Operations tools are carried out in a safe manner and without compromising system security
  • provide continuous improvements and support strategic initiatives
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This is an exciting time to join Transpower as we look to a new energy future. You’ll be at the forefront of the changing electricity industry landscape as we enable exciting new grid connections while still maintaining security of supply for New Zealand.

To be considered, your CV and covering letter will demonstrate:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in electrical engineering or relevant experience e.g. electricity market, analytical or technical experience, works planning, scheduling
  • Proven ability to independently develop technical solutions and lead technical work streams
  • An ability to coach, mentor and build the capability of other engineers
  • Experience in complex problem solving and solution analysis
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Strong time management and attention to detail
  • A tertiary degree in engineering

Desirable, but not essential:

  • Knowledge of Power Systems, Protection systems, Electricity Industry Participation Code, High Voltage plant and equipment and generation plant.
  • Experience and knowledge in a related specialist field or subject.
  • Good level of electricity industry experience.
  • Chartered membership of Engineering New Zealand (CPEng) or equivalent

Why you should join us

Significant challenges and opportunities lie ahead as we work to enable Aotearoa’s sustainable energy future. Our diverse workforce allows us to test and question the status quo and come up with exciting new solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment and evolving sector.

Our people tell us they enjoy our flexible, family friendly, modern working environment, great benefits (check them out here and the professional development, project and secondment opportunities presented to them.

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Next Steps

If you’re ready to join a fun, collaborative and results focused team who enjoy a varied and full programme of work in an encouraging and family friendly environment, please review the detailed position description below or via our career site and apply without delay.

Role closes Sunday 5 September 2021. As part of our application process you may be invited to complete a digital interview. We hope you embrace the opportunity to tell your story and highlight your experience in a much more personalised way.

NB: Due to border restrictions, we are only able to consider candidates currently residing in New Zealand with full work eligibility, or NZ citizens/permanent residents/residents returning home within the next three months.

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