National Grid Engineer – Transmission Asset Management, New England in Waltham, Massachusetts
_About the Position:_
National Grid is seeking an experienced Telecommunications Planning Engineer for a position within the Transmission Asset Management Department at our Waltham, MA headquarters.
This position reports directly to the Transmission Asset Management Manager and will be responsible for the short term and long term planning of National Grid’s Operational Telecommunications Networks and Systems. Scoping of cost effective, secure, scalable, & reliable telecommunications solutions in conformance with National Grid’s telecom policies, processes, procedures, standards, and guidelines as well as telecom network architecture & strategy. Telecommunications solutions may involve private radio networks & systems, fiber optic networks & systems, microwave networks & systems, smart grid communications networks, leased wired & wireless telecom services, or a combination of these in order to meet the company’s communications requirements. National Grid relies heavily on these telecom networks & systems to support the construction, operation, maintenance, and restoration of its electric & gas delivery networks. Engineer level/title will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s level of education, experience and knowledge.
_Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):_
Serve as project sponsor for telecom-driven capital projects with responsibility to champion project drivers and scope to both internal and external stakeholders.
Lead interdisciplinary technical teams through the optioneering process, develop project scopes, cost estimates and project schedules applying National Grid’s project progression model.
Coordinate, plan, update, and drive the implementation of National Grid’s Operational Telecom Strategy & Roadmap, making sure all in-flight and future telecom projects and initiatives are in synch and staying within the framework of National Grid’s Operational Strategy & Roadmap.
Capture & analyze current and evolving telecom requirements from internal and external stakeholders, keep up to date with telecom technologies and solutions, and keep up to date with changing FAA and FCC regulations as well as changes in telecom landscape so to communicate these changes to stakeholders and update National Grid’s Operational Telecom Strategy & Roadmap as appropriate. Provide planning and engineering services for radio, microwave, and fiber optic networks & systems to meet the needs of internal and external customers.
Use strategic asset management techniques to prioritize assets and identify risks
Develop informed, comprehensive technical asset plans for maintenance and capital investment in order to improve business performance in the medium (up to five years) and longer term (up to 15 years.)
Recommend asset condition based capital projects to internal National Grid management to obtain Delegation of Authority and seek approval from external stakeholders as part of the New England open access planning process.
Provide input for medium and long term capital budgetary planning
Develop and implement processes, tools and documentation for Transmission Planning & Asset Management to maintain compliance with ISO New England rules/policies, NPCC Criteria/Directories, NERC Standards, and FERC Orders.
Support or lead development of technical policies relating to telecommunications assets and provide authoritative advice in order to support the realization of National Grid objectives
Research new technologies, investigate implementation strategies, and drive the conceptual development of innovative projects/solutions.
As National Grid is a member of the Shared Telecom Network (STN) in New England, this position may collaborate with other Telecom Operators/Owners as well as Users/Members of the STN to provide and maintain a network consistent with the goals of National Grid that results in the interconnection and sharing of the Operators’ private telecommunications infrastructure.
_Knowledge & Experience Required: _
Must have a minimum BS degree in Engineering
10 years of experience preferred in the telecommunications engineering field
Familiarity with NPLS, Cyber Security, Network Operations, IP Networking, NERC Transmission Planning Standards, NPCC Criteria and ISO and State level Transmission Planning rules with ability to understand how changes in those standards impact National Grid
Ability to interpret results and recommendations from transmission asset engineering reports and transmission system analytical studies. Engineering reports include, but are not limited to, asset condition assessments, Process Hazard Analyses, environmental assessments and external industry publications. Analytical studies include power system thermal, voltage, and reactive analyses, as well as transient, dynamic, harmonic, and short circuit analyses as they relate to system reliability, economics, and operating flexibility.
Collaboratively develop and/or implement policies, processes and procedures relative to Telecommunications Planning and Asset Strategy
Ability to prioritize work and be a team member on multiple projects at one time.
Demonstrates strong negotiating and influencing skills with the ability to make persuasive presentations to small and large audiences. Consistently adapts the content / style of a message, based on an understanding of the climate and culture of a particular group and what will produce the best response
Knowledge of safety policy and potential hazards of the electrical transmission network
This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills.
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.
Job: *Asset Management
Title: Engineer – Transmission Asset Management, New England
Requisition ID: 20180027