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Senior Project Development Engineer

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Western Power
Mining, resources & energy
1,001-5,000 employees
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Do you want to deliver work that truly matters to our community?

There’s never been a better time to join the energy industry! At Western Power we’re working towards our vision for a clean energy future and we’re looking for diverse, passionate people to join our team of world leading experts.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Development Engineer at our Head Office, on a permanent full-time basis.

About this role

As a Senior Project Development Engineer, you will drive all aspects of the planning and scoping phases for network projects with your in-depth engineering expertise and knowledge. Network driven projects are becoming more varied to support our vision towards a clean energy future and you will play a key role to influence and challenge technical solutions.

Ultimately your work culminates in the development of investment proposals (business case) which addresses all strategic, financial, technical, market and regulatory considerations ensuring the business makes informed, documented investment decisions, in line with Western Power’s Corporate Strategy. You will have the opportunity to work with various stakeholders, including presenting investment proposals to senior decision makers.

Specific activities of the role include:

  • Coordinate and lead Joint Planning Teams and provide technical input into the options analysis and scope development.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach to decision making.
  • Develop and collate robust and detailed documentation to support investment decisions.
  • Analyse and assess technical solutions to planning problems, including costing of feasible options.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective and timely framing of decisions and/or contracts relating to complex network and major customer connections and line relocations.
  • Ensure appropriate and robust commercial solutions having regard to risk implications and all engineering requirements.
  • Be responsible and accountable for the production and management of accurate capital budget requirements associated with complex projects.
  • Appropriate escalation of issues within the area.
  • Production of concise and rigorous business cases to support customer applications or network solutions.
  • Apply a balanced approach to all issues affecting Grid Transformation. Issues are generally complex and rarely have one solution for all situations. You must be able to think and act broadly across the issues faced.
  • Ensure all systems are kept up to date and accurate as required to reflect project status, financial information, and customer relationship.
  • Apply the Regulatory and Technical rules, policies and guidelines to customer driven and network investments and planning criteria.
  • Provide high quality data and forecasts with respect to investment proposals.
  • Develop, lead and support innovation and continuous improvement initiatives within the Function.
  • Provide mentoring to graduate engineers.

About you

We are seeking someone with experience and attributes that include:

  • Degree Qualification in Engineering (Electrical) – essential
  • Eligibility to CPEng status by Engineers Australia - essential
  • At least 9 + years relevant broad and extensive knowledge and engineering / project expertise with demonstrated technical experience covering the following areas:
    • Planning, design, operation and maintenance of electricity transmission and / or distribution networks;
    • Economic and financial evaluation techniques;
  • Knowledge of performing load flow and dynamics studies in Powerfactory or equivalent software packages.
  • Well-developed written, verbal and presentation / communications skills
  • Sound knowledge of business practices and policies as appropriate
  • The ability to apply a balanced approach to all issues faced which are complex and rarely have one solution. The incumbent must be able to think and act broadly across the issues faced

Interested in this opportunity, but you don’t have an Engineering degree? We are also recruiting for a Senior Project Development Specialist

Joining Western Power

Our people play a vital role in creating an innovative, safe, and supportive workplace, living our values and delivering exceptional service to the communities in which we operate.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, women, young & mature age workers, the LGBTQI+ community.

We are an employer of choice, offering our employees a range of benefits that include:

  • Competitive salary plus 11% superannuation
  • Flexible work arrangements that support part time work, flexible working hours and working from home arrangements
  • Professional Development opportunities including training initiatives and study assistance
  • An award-winning employee recognition and benefits programme
  • Access to five Employee Network Groups – First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Diverse Sexualities and Genders, Women, and People with Disability – which celebrate and communicate the diversity of our workforce and connect diversity and inclusion to our broader business activities
  • The opportunity to purchase up to four weeks of additional leave per year
  • Access to salary packaging, social club activities, and discounted health insurance and gym membership

Important information

We are committed to our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2021 - 2027 and ensuring that people with disability have equal opportunities to gain and maintain employment with Western Power. It is strongly encouraged that people with a disability who meet the inherent requirements of the position description apply for this role.

We are also proud to have launched our Innovate RAP in Mar 2022 (Reconciliation Action Plan). Our Innovate RAP outlines our commitment to the Reconciliation journey in WA.

Our recruitment process requires that all candidates who progress to the pre-employment stage must hold a police clearance issued within the last six months.

Join us and play a part in powering the future of Western Australia.

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Applications close on 31 March 2023.

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