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Portland General Electric Manager, Design Project Management in Portland, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Manager, Design Project Management

In this leadership role, the manager will be overseeing design projects which includes developing expectations for the project to ensure it's completed in compliance with our design and construction standards and on schedule with municipality partners. This involves developing design deliverables, identifying long lead time materials are acquired, as well as scheduling the construction for each phase of the project. The manager will be responsible to build strong partnership with both internal and external stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle. In this role you provide transmission and distribution project management expertise with construction designs and customer connections. You'll serve as the primary liaison from first contact to final closing on projects.

Key Job Information:


Manager, Design Project Management

Position code 6893

Salary Grade 9

Career Level: M2 Manager

Key Responsibilities:

Manage Staff:

  • Manages a team of approximately 12 design project managers, designers and/or design technicians responsible for providing electrical distribution and transmission designs for line crews to install electrical services that meet the customer’s requirements;

  • Provides technical management for the team, ensuring that objectives are met and all relevant standards/procedures are followed;

  • Ensures that operational problems are identified and resolved; ensures that operational procedures and working practices are current and fit for the purpose.

  • Manage and grow relationship with municipalities partners to execute projects both on-time and on-budget.

Design Project Management Oversight:

  • Oversees design project management, including engineering, inspection, construction and cost-control activities;

  • Ensures production of timely, effective, reliable and workable construction designs and customer connections.

  • Ensures design packages are technically sound, adhere to tariffs, provide cost savings and provide design safety for both customer and PGE.

  • Ensures consistent application of PGE work practices, standards and rules; monitors and improves internal procedures and processes by partnering with other PGE functional organizations to meet asset management objectives and customer needs.

  • Ensures contract projects are completed on time and within agreed-to terms and conditions.

  • Develops and manages operating budgets, team goals and scorecard to measure bottom-line results.

Strategy Planning and Implementation:

Develops and implements policies and strategic plans for pole management services which includes joint use with other electric utilities, telecommunications companies, wireless communications, businesses and municipalities; analyzes and evaluates complex utility issues, including emerging issues and trends, and develops specific strategies to minimize risks, advance PGE’s agendas and enhance PGE’s relationships with municipalities.

Customer Care:

  • Manages customer expectations, obligations and relationships and tariffs;

  • Builds customer relations through jobsite visits; routinely communicates with customers/stakeholders to resolve issues or questions regarding design projects; uses relationships and contacts to expedite the flow of customer information, meet customer needs and improve overall satisfaction with PGE.

  • Ensures design project managers demonstrate expertise, individual initiative and customer responsiveness.

Internal/External Relations:

  • Provides expert consulting in specialty area to management and other departments.

  • Works with other departmental managers to address design issues, review and recommend potential changes to tariff or rule interpretations and coordinate on the application of work practices.

  • Represents PGE with key external constituencies, including government agencies, and participates in local associations and industry groups.


Ensures that project planning, work practices and processes provide for the safety of PGE, contractor and customer personnel.

Storm Response:

Provides leadership and coordination during storm repair as assigned; works with area line manager, Dispatch and their respective staffs to quickly and effectively respond during outage situations.

Financial Management:

Monitors and manages expenditures, ensuring that all financial targets are met, and examines any areas where budgets/expenditures vary from plan; assists with the definition and operation of effective financial controls and decision making.


  • Oversees resourcing decisions and planning for team;

  • Partners with HR in the definition of jobs, recruitment, evaluation and selection processes.

Professional Development:

  • Reviews organizational development needs and training strategies to determine required learning and development outcomes for the team;

  • Provides guidance in the creation of development plans;

  • Monitors ongoing progress and provides coaching and mentoring and provides feedback; completes annual performance management reviews.

Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, project management, design or other related field or equivalent experience.

Experience: Prefer eight or more years in transmission and distribution design or a related field; project management or supervisory experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of PGE tariff, rules, policies and practices (i.e., PGE engineering standards, current accounting system, current franchise agreements, Electric Service Requirements book, etc.).

  • Advanced knowledge of all aspects of line department operations; design; PGE transmission and distribution systems, rules and regulations; and applicable codes relating to electrical service and/or lighting delivery (e.g., NEC, NESC).

  • Advanced knowledge of PUC and FCC regulations pertaining to pole standards.

  • Advanced knowledge of Service and Design policies and procedures.

  • Advanced knowledge of overhead, underground, transmission and construction principles.

  • Advanced knowledge of corporate software tools used in Design and Engineering Department.

  • Advanced knowledge of project management concepts involved in planning and executing projects.

  • Advanced knowledge of common engineering concepts and principles.

  • Advanced knowledge of PGE’s asset management and GIS systems.

  • Intermediate knowledge of budgeting practices.

  • Working knowledge of financial statements and utility economics.

  • Working knowledge of PGE's organization, finance, budget, human resources and administrative procedures.

  • Intermediate business acumen.

  • Intermediate change leadership skills.

  • Advanced decision-making skills.

  • Advanced focus on customer skills.

  • Advanced interpersonal skills.

  • Advanced knowledge of the utility industry.

  • Advanced negotiation skills.

  • Advanced organization management skills.

  • Intermediate resource management skills.

  • Advanced safety leadership skills.

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills.

Leader Practices:

  • Drives Results

  • Plans and Aligns

  • Decision Quality

  • Drives Engagement

  • Courage

Physical and Cognitive Demands:

  • Cognitive Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks.

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Physical Capabilities:

  • Occasional driving/travel/commute within service territory

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lbs.

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lbs.

  • Unstable surfaces requiring balance (i.e., moving equipment, boats):

  • Elevated areas (i.e., catwalks, roofs and high buildings)

  • Confined spaces

  • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)

  • Stairs (over 10 steps)


  • Office

  • Field

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

The posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below:

January 30, 2022

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.