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National Grid Principal Project Engineer, Transmission and Distribution Grid Modernization in Syracuse, New York

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National Grid is hiring a Principal Project Engineer for our Transmission and Distribution Grid Modernization team. This position may be based in Syracuse, NY or Waltham, MA and will coordinate with both NY and New England jurisdictions.

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.

About the Department: T&D Grid Mod NY is driving success and leading through the ambiguity of integrating smart devices and technology, laying the foundations for the networks of tomorrow. By growing our organizational capability, we enable National Grid to efficiently and safely drive towards a clean energy future.

The T&D Grid Mod team is responsible for driving the delivery and associated change management of grid modernization technologies in the substation, distribution system, and operational telecom areas of the power grid.

Job Purpose

This T&D Grid Mod Operational Technology (OT) Program Manager is responsible for alignment of grid modernization programs with IT and Security (primarily cyber) efforts at National Grid. These programs take advantage of modern network communication to allow enhanced visibility, remote accesses, and automated functionality. This role will work with the various IT and security groups as well engineering and field operations stakeholders to align goals, drive tasks, and facilitate timely, efficient, and cost-effective solutions. Coordination with Operational Telecom programs and coordination between NE, NY, and UK jurisdictions will be a key aspect of this role.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support the IT and cybersecurity requirement of the Company's digital substation transformation and grid modernization vision. This role will be tied directly to the operational technology while transacting with the Company's internal and contracted IT organizations.

  • Work together with various stakeholders across the company, including IT, security, critical network infrastructure (CNI), and operations to create standardized and secure strategies for digital technology in the substation environment.

  • Identify and help develop OT skillset deficiencies for protection and telecom operations, engineering, and similar groups

  • Coordinate with the existing IEC 61850, DC&I, and telecom engineering groups as well as cybersecurity risk groups on various cybersecurity pilots for the digital substation and grid modernization programs.

  • Drive standardization, repeatability, and maintainability for new solutions which will need to be deployed at scale.

  • Identify skillset requirements for new digital substation technology and work with various stakeholders to help define roles and responsibilities.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required


  • 5+ years experience with utility capital project management, project engineering, or equivalent relevant experience.

  • A Bachelor's degree, preferably in an engineering or technology discipline and/or significant relevant project management and technology experience.

  • Experience with successful delivery of complex projects and possess team leadership skills.

  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills.

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal initiative and ability to interact with company personnel, contractors, regulatory representatives, and town/city officials in a positive collaborative manner.

  • Knowledge of IT, OT, and technology systems is required. Knowledge of power system operations, electrical engineering, engineering economics, and familiarity with legal, purchasing, and utility accounting regulations are relevant as well.

  • Ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects under budget and time constraints. Bottom-line oriented, budget-conscious, metric/measurement driven.

  • Ability to create a high energy team climate whereby team members are able to discuss relevant issues freely and where there is a strong emphasis on continuous improvement.

  • Ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. both external and internal).

  • Strong skills in: negotiations, presentation, project management, interpersonal & written communication, and critical analysis.

  • Exhibit high personal standards of commitment and integrity.

  • Valid Driver's License required.

More Information

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.