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Senior Engineers - Power System Development

Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch
Closing date
18 Nov 2021

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  • Explore emerging energy technology impact on the New Zealand power system
  • Collaborate with industry participants and stakeholders re: system security
  • Specialise in technical research and advice. Help enable a net carbon zero future

Lead analysis and assessment of high penetration levels of renewable energy generation and battery storage systems. Join New Zealand’s Transmission System Operator

Transpower's Whakamana i Te Mauri Hiko outlines New Zealand's opportunity to accelerate electrification to help meet climate change and sustainability goals. Significant increases in both grid and local network connected energy resources are expected.

About the team

Our Operations division provides New Zealand's System Operator service and is involved in working with electricity market participants, transmission and distribution network owners, and asset owners for any energy resource with a capacity greater than 1MW.

Our newly formed Power System Development team, based in Wellington, specialises in strategic technical research and advice for emerging energy technologies. They will partner with the Electricity Authority to prepare New Zealand's System Operator and industry participants to meet the challenges a 100% renewable power system will bring to future system security and resilience.

Their work will enable the Electricity Industry Participation Code (the Code),standards and guidelines to evolve to allow emerging technologies to seamlessly integrate into the power system.

A career defining opportunity for you

For experienced Power Systems Professionals who love a technical challenge and have a passion for renewable energy and strategic thinking, joining both the Transmission Asset Owner and System Operator gives you the opportunity to work at the very heart of enabling a net carbon zero future.

Working closely with other power system professionals across Transpower you'll explore and communicate the challenges and opportunities that the transition to a 100% renewable electricity system will bring. Using your outstanding analytical and communication skills, you'll help us engage with the Electricity Authority and industry participants to make the required changes to the market, standards and the Code to enable a secure and resilient power system for New Zealand for generations to come.

What will you bring?

You'll have five plus years of experience in analysing the operational challenges of integrating renewable generation. You will have honed your ability to understand, analyse and solve complex power system problems through working for a Transmission System Operator, Grid Owner, Engineering Consultancy, Research Institution, Government or professional institution.

Your communication skills, attention to detail and ability to problem solve and influence will be put to the test as you consider the implications of an evolving New Zealand power system to power system operations, system security and stability. You'll consider the challenges for the System Operator due to high penetration levels of renewable or inverter generation technologies including energy storage systems like batteries, pumped hydro and hydrogen.

To be considered, your previous experience, application and cover letter will demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor's or postgraduate degree in Power System or Electrical Engineering
  • Knowledge and at least three plus years' experience in modelling and analysing inverter generation technologies. Where applicable please highlight any research/reports/conference papers you have been involved with
  • Knowledge and at least five plus years' experience with Power System Analysis Tools to support building dynamic power system models, performing load flow and time domain simulations; ideally Siemens PSS®E or DIgSILENT PowerFactory
  • You take an enterprise-wide view and have the curiosity to question and look beyond the obvious to seek alternatives
  • An innate ability to work with/lead a team, through influence, to deliver technical projects

Why work for Transpower in New Zealand

It's exciting! The scale, criticality and complexity of our environment as both Transmission Owner and System Operator is incredibly stimulating.

You'll work with our people of over 28 nationalities who provide a diverse perspective, and knowledge and deep and varied experience which they love to share. Your wellbeing is supported with a range of employee health and wellness benefits and great on the job learning, professional development and career progression over time.

We will provide assistance navigating immigration and managed isolation on arrival if required. A contribution to relocation maybe available if you are looking to move within New Zealand, or internationally, to start a new life in New Zealand.

Next steps

If you're ready to join a fun, collaborative and results focused team who enjoy a varied and full programme of work in an encouraging and family friendly environment, please review the detailed position description here Senior Engineers - Power System Development - Transpower and apply without delay.

Role closes on Thursday, 18 November 2021 unless filled prior as applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Our intention is to extend offers if possible, well before Christmas. We would be delighted to welcome you to the team in 2021 but are equally prepared to negotiate a start date in 2022 based on your current location and personal circumstances.

To apply for this job, please click 'apply now' or go to our job site and enter the job code 22781


Transpower owns and operates the National Grid – the high voltage transmission network connecting areas of generation with towns and cities across New Zealand.

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