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National Grid Principal System Planning Engineer in Albany, New York

About us

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.

At National Grid Ventures, we aim to create an environment where everyone is welcomed for who they are and where our differences are celebrated. We utilize the insights of our employees that come from all different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs to better serve our customers and communities.

National Grid is hiring a Principal System Planning Engineer – Successful candidate can be located in either our Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, Albany, NY or our Brooklyn, NY office.

Job Purpose

National Grid Ventures (NGV) is looking for a knowledgeable, curious, and driven Principal System Planning Engineer to join our Grid Integration and System Planning Team. This individual will support our NGV projects by carrying out transmission analysis and working with interconnection interfaces in NYISO and ISO-NE. They will ensure that work products are generated to provide sufficient decision-making information to management and to effectuate the interconnection of projects the transmission system. This role will provide support to key initiatives including offshore wind, to support NGV’s growth and partnerships throughout the Northeast US.

Key Accountabilities

• Perform, lead, or facilitate engineering and transmission assessments and analyses.

• Support and advise on production cost modeling, economic and regional market evaluations to assist in key strategic insights, identify or confirm project opportunities and solutions.

• Apply innovative approaches to simulation and analysis that can help identify or support new initiatives.

• Lead technical analysis as needed to support potential project partnerships.

• Document, present and report findings and justifications. Help prepare executive summaries or investment committee papers.

• Support or lead on siting, permitting and licensing requirements and/or hearings, if required.

• Represent National Grid interests on national, regional, and local levels when necessary.

• Oversee consultants, engineers or other subject matter experts as required to augment or complement the Business Development team.

• Work in a project team and matrix environment interacting with individuals across NG functions in the US and UK.


• Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or related technical fields. Power systems focus desired.

• Experience in transmission system analysis.

• Demonstrated ability to translate complex model outputs into business insight & articulate the impact of results.

• Broad knowledge of US power industry standards, structures, policies, regulations & market fundamentals is essential.

• Familiarity with recent trends and technologies in electric transmission, on-shore and off-shore wind, other large-scale renewable generation, energy storage, conventional generation and emerging technologies such as green hydrogen.

• Strong track record of relevant professional experience in projects, including developing business cases, optioneering, data analysis, estimating and work structure planning.

• Flair for handling & manipulating data to forecast, derive trends and test sensitivities.

• Interest in offshore wind project development and execution.

• Excellent communication skills with proven ability to persuade, challenge and build credibility based on personally derived recommendations.

• Computational literacy including handling large data sets is mandatory.

• Fundamental understanding of the components of offshore and onshore transmission grid assets including key risks and opportunities is required.

• Ability to develop tools and processes to facilitate best practice & knowledge sharing.


New England MA: $156,000 - $184,000 a year

Upstate NY: $139,000 - $164,000 a year

Downstate NY: $167,000 - $197,000 a year

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. 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.