Directly accountable for providing leadership and tactical directions to a team of engineering resources that perform work activities associated with assessing the system adequacy, operations and protection of the transmission infrastructure coupled with defining the need, size, location, priority, timing and justification of all system projects that expands, replaces and/or reinforces transmission assets. Oversees all transmission line and substation expansion planning, interconnection planning, protective relaying, and protection and control design engineering activities for the Cooperative. Drives the recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, and rewards and recognition to build a team that consistently meet customers’ needs. Holds the team accountable for best practices with respect to system planning, protection and control engineering and system protection, while ensuring compliance with all applicable Federal, State and Cooperative standards, guidelines, policies and procedures.
Manages a highly-technical engineering team that performs technical work activities associated with assessing the long term system adequacy, reliability, operations and protection of the transmission infrastructure; engineering and designing protection and control engineering packages; determining generation and transmission protective relay schemes and associated settings; and driving transmission reliability improvements
Provides a safe and productive work environment for team members congruent with Seminole’s desired culture and in full support of Seminole’s purpose, core values, core competencies and organizational goals.
Manages transmission system planning analyses and studies in addition to assess system impacts for generation interconnections and transmission service
Directs inter-utility participation in regional transmission planning and leads the assessment and evaluations of other transmission service providers’ analyses, studies, recommendations, expansion plans and agreements
Direct the Cooperative’s System Protection (Protective Relaying) and Control Program, including the development and implementation of the system protection and system operations philosophies and associated standards and guidelines
Participates in the development of a multi-year capital program by identifying, justifying and recommending cost-effective capital projects that expands, replaces and/or reinforces the transmission infrastructure, including transmission lines and substations
Drives the interpretation of applicable NERC Operation and Planning Reliability Standards and ensures adherence to all transmission planning and system protection requirements, measures and evidence retention
Leads the development and implementation of processes, workflows, standards, and equipment specifications associated with planning, protection and control engineering, and system protection activities
Plans, directs and manages the work deliverables of departmental personnel to maximize performance and individual development; and to ensure effective teamwork and employee collaboration in the fulfillment of departmental and Cooperative goals and objectives
Represents the Cooperative internally and externally on matters relating to system planning, protection and control engineering and system protection
Establishes assessment systems and monitors work activities to ensure compliance with applicable standards, policies, procedures and guidelines in addition to alignment with budget, schedule and quality expectations
May provide presentations and/or testimonies on the Cooperatives’ behalf to regulatory agencies
Maintains effective working relationships with all stakeholders including employees at all levels within the Cooperative
Supports the execution of corporate and divisional vision, strategic initiatives and objectives
Provides technical support to Directors and Executive management as requested and prepares and/or delivers periodic presentations to Cooperative’s Executive Team and the Board of Trustees
Performs other duties as applicable to the position or as assigned
Must be able to follow established protective measures including wearing required personal protective equipment (PPE). Must possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable Motor Vehicle Report.
Some travel and work outside of normal business hours.
“Disclaimer - Management may modify this job description at any time and may require the performance of additional duties, or modification of physical requirements, with or without advance notice.”
Qualifications and Education Requirements
BS Degree in Electrical Engineering. Twelve (12) years of progressive experience in electric utility environment including at least six (6) years of direct experience in transmission planning, protective and control engineering and/or protective relaying operating at a voltage level greater than 69kV; and at least three (3) years of experience providing management and leadership oversight to a team of engineers. Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree or Professional Engineering (PE) License is a plus.
Working knowledge of NERC Operations and Planning Standards and mandatory compliance activities. Strong negotiation skills and working experience in negotiating complex and detailed contracts and/or agreements. Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with all levels within and outside of the organization including Distribution Cooperative Members, consultants, regulatory agencies, industry groups and other electric utilities. Proven track record of providing leadership to meet established goals, and foster an environment of safety, continuous improvement and professional development. Working knowledge with cost-benefit analysis, cost estimation, and capital budgets.
NERC Operational and Planning Standards
Economic Assessment and Evaluation
Steady-State Load Flow, Short Circuit and Dynamic Simulations
PSSE, Power GEM, TARA, Aspen
Transmission Protective Relaying
Protection and Control Design Principles
State and/or Federal Energy Policy and Initiatives
Regulatory standards, requirements, and processes
Understanding of contract commercial terms and conditions language
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
Effective verbal/nonverbal, listening and written communications
Effective supervision, performance management and talent development