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National Grid Lead Electric Substation Construction Planner in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us

National Grid is hiring a Lead Planner of Electric Substation Construction Planning in our Capital Delivery department in Waltham, MA.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

The focus of the individual will be for planning Construction activities that are needed for a Utility Company in the Electric Substation arena. Activities to include but not limited to writing outage plans for specific steps for replacement or installation of new or old Electrical Substation equipment, sequencing of construction work that fits the specific project needs. Work alongside of Engineering to support the design of a project. Responsible for overseeing the construction planning of multiple projects and communication with project team leaders and department leaders about project details.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop a detailed construction plan that involves planned outages (shutdowns), construction phases, construction steps, material, and equipment requirements, lay down areas, and overall time schedule with final ready for load dates that align with the project plan.

  • Must have ability to review substation design drawings and provide comments to engineering. Must be able to develop detailed construction sequence based on the design criteria. Must be able to provide construction input to the design team in order to identify potential construction issues such as the need for temporary facilities.

  • Provide input to engineering in order to identify potential areas to implement safety by design. Challenge existing ways of working and continuously seek ways to do things better in order to drive greater efficiencies within assigned area.

  • Attend site meetings and participate with project team to evaluate different engineering solutions, construction strategies, and project delivery strategies in order to deliver the project safely and efficiently.

  • Understand collective bargaining agreements that could impact work plan delivery.

  • Develop work plans that are aligned with safety standards, policies and processes in order to ensure that the execution of the work plans will promote a safe working environment and minimize risk for all staff. Collaborate with other groups to ensure system reliability, safety, and efficiency is demonstrated during large scale projects.

  • Work in partnership with project managers, materials management, control centers, project estimators, resource planners, legal, real estate and permitting groups for any challenges that are presented in project execution along rights of ways and company owned property where new or existing facilities could be developed.

  • Review health and safety plans for each specific project, inclusive of Project Hazard Assessment (PHA) for high hazard work practices.

  • Demonstrate safety leadership during all site meetings and project discussions. Lead by example and ensure safety is incorporated into all aspects of the project and the daily job.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Foster a collaborative environment focused on achieving outcomes and building relationships, both internally and externally to execute tasks and projects.


  • This position requires driving, Valid driver’s license required with a safe driving history that meets National Grid’s Safe Driver policy are required.

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an engineering, construction or business discipline and/or 5 to 8 years significant equivalent experience in the electricity construction management environment with 3 to 5 years in the utility management.

  • Experience in substation construction with focus on construction methods, cost control, safety, environmental, quality and service, and performance. Demonstrated knowledge and application of Safety and Environmental rules.

  • Ability to assess potential conflicts by reviewing construction drawings and provide solutions to the project team.

  • Must be able to work in a cross functional role to develop a construction plan with inputs from the various operations groups, project management, engineering, and dispatch control room.

  • Analytical Thinking: Sees relationships between work plans, safety issues, constructability, and spend vs. efficiency reports identifying several likely causes or consequences of a situation.

  • Strong demonstrated skills in the following areas: Written and oral communications, including developing and executing communications through various mediums including verbal presentations, emails, PowerPoint, conference calls, and other appropriate methods

  • Organization and management of multiple tasks / priorities to deliver high results

  • Displays commitment to safe and productive work environment through consistent actions, beliefs and personal conduct.

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

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.