Duke Energy Manager Distribution Design in Wilmington, North Carolina

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Position Summary

This Position provides leadership and direction for the engineering design and implementation of all system Distribution Construction and Maintenance projects within the assigned zone(s). Focus will be on completing the design execution of all work management projects within the identified and agreed upon time frame. These projects include New Revenue; Joint Use; Lighting; DOT; Capacity Planning; Power Quality, Reliability, and Component Integrity programs. This position will lead, organize and develop the assigned zone(s) engineering workforce to provide reliable service to all distribution customers and internal departments. Additionally, this position will lead the jurisdictional design functions (routine and major projects) in compliance with all applicable state, federal and corporate requirements, including standards, work methods, procedures, and safe work practices. This position requires intensive interaction and networking skills with peers and stakeholders. The Design Engineering leader will also provide direct support and coaching to individual performers and peers as needed.


Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following

Leads the Design Engineering team to ensure the provision of reliable and quality service.

  • Manage the engineering design and implementation of all system distribution construction and maintenance projects.

  • Leads and assures that assigned work within the assigned zone(s) is completed according to schedule and in compliance with design and construction standards.

  • Oversees standard work processes are followed by team.

  • Lead, monitor and review quality and performance results.

  • Champions and leads opportunities for improvement.

  • Initiates the development of plans to ensure objectives are achieved and improvement opportunities are addressed.

  • Establishes and communicates expectations to management and supervisory teams.

  • Maintains responsibility for O&M and capital budget execution and monitoring within the zone(s).

  • Provides input and supports development of financial and operational plans for Distribution.

  • Provides oversight and ownership of field operations engineering functions.

  • Direct technical engineering support for internal & external customers. This would entail supporting other departments/areas within the company to achieve overall corporate initiatives and objectives.(Examples: Franchise negotiations, legal issues, community relations, etc).

  • The individual must balance financial, engineering, legal, and regulatory factors to develop and manage plans and programs.

Maintains productive and motivated work force to ensure a cohesive team effort.

  • Manage the engineering staff providing distribution engineering design and technical support. This is including determination of contingency staffing needs. This would entail the scope of quantity, timetable, nature of the delivered engineering product and ultimate quality and contract adherence. Allocate resources within zone(s) to address emergent issues and maximize staff utilization and efficiency.

  • Actively shares information with management and employees.

  • Develop a culture of two way communication, encouraging employee feedback and providing communications to other Leaders

  • Enable employees to make decisions within boundaries.

  • Develop the employee’s capability and confidence in dealing with all levels of the Distribution customer base, internal departments, governmental and regulatory officials and all levels of supervision and management.

  • Create diversified work climate with encourages openness, innovation, involvement, teamwork and trust.

  • Develop a culture which supports continuous employee development (training, career development, technical)

  • To provide individual employee feedback to ensure continuous improvement.

  • Ensure safe working conditions and practices by providing adequate oversight of safety training and work practices and procedures. Initiate action to promptly correct potential or actual safety problems.

  • Participates in the development of strategies related to employee training and development at the Distribution level.

Implement Continuous Improvement

  • Serve as model of leadership for change.

  • Analyze feedback to ensure appropriate actions are taken to positively impact results.

  • Provide performance feedback to leadership for continuous improvement.

  • Participates in development and ensures implementation of organizational improvements and technology.

  • Collaborate with peers to develop strategic succession plans to address engineering bench strength and overall employee experience base.

  • Develop and own improvement plans.


Maintain positive customer relations to resolve complaints and concerns.

  • Ensure timely response to customer concerns

  • Ensure satisfactory resolution of customer concerns.

  • Ensures that customer incidents are thoroughly investigated and reviewed with responsible employees and supervisors.

  • Works with other Distribution leadership to implement improvements for customer satisfaction.

  • Support the area storm center as directed by the Engineering & Construction Planning leader of the jurisdiction for major storm events.

Basic/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or applicable technical field

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience with prior proven leadership experience and demonstrated ability to manage complex business related issues with an Engineering degree or applicable technical field Or 6-8 years of direct, related utility experience with demonstrated leadership and the ability to manage complex business and technical related issues, with a bachelor’s degree in a field not otherwise stated

  • Knowledge of the Distribution Engineering & Construction Process, Standards Programs; Budgeting and Financial Management; Customer Service

  • Knowledge of Maintenance Programs

  • Knowledge of the State Regulatory Requirements

Desired Qualifications

  • 4 Year Engineering Degree

  • Professional Engineer Certification

  • Highly developed leadership, team development, technical, and project management skills directly related to electrical distribution engineering, construction, and operations

  • Ability to work with abstract ideas and incomplete data to develop coherent plans and programs

  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills, the ability to work collaboratively across organizations.

  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills to express ideas and influence a wide audience

  • Ability to prepare and effectively present concepts one-on-one and in group settings

Specific Requirements

  • Valid driver's license

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)Yes

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

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