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National Grid Manager, Substation Construction in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us

National Grid is hiring a Substation Construction Manager for our Capital Delivery department in Waltham, MA.

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.

Job Purpose

The Substation Construction Manager, reporting to Capital Delivery Construction Director, will be responsible for overseeing the supervisors assigned contract work and overseeing the management of the daily activities of assigned substation contractor crews, to assure high standards of safety, security, environmental compliance, and assuring uninterrupted service is delivered to customers in a timely and professional manner consistent with Company and regulatory requirements.

Key Accountabilities

Manage team of 10-15 supervisors including staffing/performance and workload

Accountable for oversight of assigned Substation contractors performing construction, maintenance and restoration work associated with electric utility construction projects

Develop metrics or KPIs to ensure projects are delivered on time, safety, and within budget

Ensure safe and reliable construction and maintenance activities consistent with company, objectives and policies, in full compliance with existing and relevant emerging government codes and regulations at all work locations.

Ensure company guidelines, procedures, standards, and environmental and safety regulations are consistently adhered to.

Assure compliance to all applicable federal, state, local and National Grid guidelines, laws and regulations.

Support supervisors through issue resolution.

Provide quality assurance that the work being performed is per National Grid specifications, standards and applicable contractual documents.

Work with other managers and departments to review engineering drawings, technical specifications, survey site locations for constructability considerations; confirm proper permits and licenses are available prior to work start; and attend project meetings as requested.

Ensure consistency with contracted crew supervision, progress reporting, change management, documentation and invoicing.

Adhere to daily operating procedures.

Ensure successful performance of assigned contract crews and help to encourage a "continuous improvement" field work environment within a performance-based culture.

Manage resource plan for supervision of the New England portfolio of outsourced substation projects.

Participate in evaluation of substation contractors and provide input on project award process

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Experience managing the work of a substation maintenance and construction operation.

  • Ability to provide direction, the appropriate structure and effective resourcing to enable the team to deliver high performance.

  • Ability to network internally and externally and to develop successful, long-lasting business relationships.


Minimum two-year technical degree in Electrical or Civil Engineering or equivalent experience.

5+ years relevant Substation construction experience in all aspects of electric utility operations.

Strong knowledge of Federal, State, OSHA, local, company safety and environmental rules and regulations.

Ability to read and interpret job cards, prints, specifications, drawings, schematics, one-line diagrams, instructional information and contract documents.

Must have thorough understanding of substation construction principles and the hazards associated with overhead and underground electrical circuits, clearances with associated civil work and possess strong understanding of OSHA 1910.269 and 1926 construction standards.

Ability to develop a working knowledge of company maintenance practices, safe work practices, tagging rules and labor contracts.

Ability to develop and administer a strong Safety culture.

Hands-on experience with completion of challenging field construction work.

Maintain a non-restricted driver's license.

Able to travel throughout the service territory and willing to work extended hours when job requires and for system emergencies.

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.