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Tennessee Valley Authority Sr Program Manager, Grid Research Development- 514078 in United States

Sr Program Manager, Grid Research Development- 514078

Job ID:514078Location:,Regular/Temporary:Regular


Sr Program Manager, Grid Research Development- 514078

Organization:Innovation & Research

Department: Operational Research and Support

Location: TN Valley

Posting Open: 11/23/22

Posting Closing: 12/23/22 at 11:59 EST

Grade/Salary: Competitive

Relocation: Offered

Position Purpose:

Using independent judgment, the incumbent performs all aspects of R&D program management to lead complex, high-profile programs, projects, and initiatives associated with electric power systems to address technology gaps in grid integration, communications, controls, security, information, and energy delivery. Serves to matrix manage and direct project teams from TVA and external stakeholders to enable completion of assigned R&D projects and initiatives. Leads studies to evaluate or screen technologies for readiness, applicability, feasibility, and usefulness in the utility industry. Represents TVA to external audiences, including local power companies (LPCs), national laboratories, universities, and collaborative researchers. Incumbent may be selected on basis of electric power system skills, experience, and expertise.

Job Dimensions:

  • Supervisory Responsibility — No direct supervision. Matrix Management of multiple R&D programs or projects

  • Budget Responsibility — $2-$5M

    Principal Responsibilities:

  • Manages R&D strategy for Transmission and/or Distribution Systems, including coordination of selection process with research stakeholders and recommendation of the annual research portfolio.

  • Manages projects through demonstration, driving technology transfer until it becomes operational for TVA or LPCs for top products identified from the annual research portfolio. Collaborates with relevant TVA business units and/or LPCs in evaluating R&D success.

  • Responsible for providing expert level advice on technical, programmatic, and operational issues/matters that affect or have the potential to affect TVA or LPC operations, as well as issues regarding policy, procedural development, and implementation of improvement actions.

  • Lead studies to evaluate applicability and technology readiness of emerging technologies for use by TVA or LPCs. Solicit resources to support studies. Documents and presents findings to senior management and executive-level leadership.

  • Keep abreast and advises executive-level leadership of latest power systems technology advancements and serve as staff expert for this information. Responds to internal and external inquiries about technologies. Acts as TVA’s key contact for EPRI Transmission and/or Distribution Sector Advisory and Council representative.

  • Recommends research advisors (subject matter experts) to TVA business unit leaders or secures advisors from any of 153 LPCs, provides advisor training, and evaluates effectiveness and engagement of active advisors.

  • Develop and manage multi-organizational, complex, and high-profile projects to effectively integrate technology. Coordinate with senior management, external research organizations, LPCs, TVPPA, DOE, and policy specialists to determine strategic direction and applicable policy issues to maximize R&D investment and to increase partnership value of EPRI.

  • Define project goals, objectives, and tasks. Develop and manage schedule, work plan, milestones, deliverables, and budget. Authorize the commitment of financial and organizational resources for the project and coordinate with contracts personnel and office of general council to implement project effectively.

  • Apply project control disciplines in managing the work. Holds TVA staff, LPC advisors, employees, contractors, and organizations accountable for their performance. Prioritize and direct resources to respond to changes in scope, budget, or major project issues. Ensure project closure. Issue required documentation and information to appropriated personnel and organizations.

  • Communicate timely, accurately, and effectively on project status and issues with internal and external audiences, including TVA customers. Identify emerging issues and take proactive steps to overcome or mitigate project barriers. Coordinate with staff and management or other peer organizations to resolve issues.

    Minimum Requirements:

  • Education – B.S. degree in electrical engineering or comparable field of study or equivalent education, training, or experience with several years of progressive related experience in the power industry. An advanced degree in engineering and/or business is desirable.

  • Experience – 8 years experience in management of large, complex, high-profile, scientific or engineering projects. Broad experience in engineering or operation of transmission or distribution systems or energy utilization technologies is required, with ability to serve as subject matter expert or research advisor in the absence of an LPC or TVA research advisor.

  • Certification/License, etc. — Registration as a Professional Engineer or certification as a Certified Project Manager is desirable.


  • Excellent communications skills including presentations to key internal and external customers.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage significant projects.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of codes and standards relating to electric utilities.

  • Ability to work with diverse staff with varying disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Proficiency in the use of electronic project management tools, organizational skills, budgeting and accounting, planning and contract management, and resolving complex issues among various suppliers and customers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace

All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

How to Claim Vet Preference

If you are requesting to be considered as a preference-eligible veteran as outlined in the application process, you must submit your military documents before the posting closure indicated above. Please submit your military documents each time you apply for a position.

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