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HVDC and Reactive Power Asset Planning Engineer/Senior Engineer

Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch or Palmerston North
Closing date
26 Sep 2022
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Job Details

  • Keep HVDC and reactive power asset fleets reliable to meet future demand
  • Collaborate widely to support the strategic asset management HVDC activities
  • Bring your passion and experience to NZ's Transmission asset owner

Unique career opportunity to look after the forward asset management/planning of the New Zealand HVDC bipole systems!

At the heart of the electricity sector in New Zealand, Transpower's position as Grid Owner and System Operator is unique. With $6B of assets and a whole of industry view, our work is essential to enabling accelerated electrification to meet climate change and sustainability goals that will impact generations to come.

The HVDC system provides a high-capacity connection between the North Island and South Island electricity systems, providing energy security through the ability to access South Island renewable generation as well as enabling the operation of an efficient national electricity market. It also provides dynamic energy transfer response and frequency keeping services that benefit the electricity market through considerably reduced frequency keeping and reserve costs.

The HVDC system is expected to play a key role in compensating for intermittent renewable generation and load patterns going forward.

About the team

Our Secondary Systems Planning team leads the Planning and the Asset Management of the assets in the Secondary Systems asset portfolio. This includes the Secondary Assets, HVDC, Dynamic Reactive Power, as well as the Capacitors and Reactors asset portfolios.

The opportunity

This unique opportunity available due to internal promotion is ideal for an Engineer/Senior Engineer with a passion for asset management of HVDC and power electronics assets.

You will:

  • guide the strategic asset management of HVDC and power electronics, as well as reactive power assets by ensuring that whole of life costing principles are applied to the relevant portfolios
  • design, develop and/or review our asset strategy, management, and works plans for the development, upgrade, capital replacement (including disposal), maintenance of HVDC and power electronics, and Reactive power assets
  • collaborate with our HVDC and Power Electronics Field engineering colleagues to develop investment cases for replacement and refurbishment works
  • oversee and administer the review of the development of policies, standards, and processes related to HVDC and power electronics assets, reactive power assets, and RPCs
  • lead the Asset planning required for the Regulatory Control Period (RCP) Submissions for the HVDC (in RCP4 ~$70m) and Reactive power assets (in RCP4 ~$60m).

With a great mix of HVDC project planning, scoping, and justification you'll also be involved in HVDC Investigations and project support. Collaborating and cross skilling with your colleague who specialises in Reactive assets on the Grid, you'll carry out field work during HVDC outages working closely with our specialist inhouse HVDC and Power Electronics team.

What will you bring?

To be shortlisted, your CV and cover letter will clearly demonstrate outstanding communication skills and the ability to communicate complex issues to diverse groups at all levels.

You'll have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering (Washington Accord)
  • Demonstrated experience in asset management/planning
  • Expertise in HVDC, power electronics, and reactive power
  • Transmission Grid planning and/or relevant project experience

You will understand how to make sound investment decisions using the principles of financial analysis and risk management and utilise your well-developed analytical skills to analyse and review large data sets.

To be considered "Senior" in the Transpower context, you'll hold Chartered Professional Engineer status (CPEng or an international equivalent) with good experience coaching and mentoring to raise engineering capability.

While our preferred location is Wellington or Christchurch, we will consider Auckland, Hamilton, or Palmerston North if you have the experience and skills required.

Why work for us

Significant challenges and opportunities lie ahead as we work to enable Aotearoa's energy future. Our diverse workforce of over 28 nationalities allows us to test and question the status quo and come up with exciting new solutions to meet the demands of our evolving sector. 

Our people tell us they enjoy our flexible, family friendly, work environment with great benefits (check them out here and professional development, project, and secondment opportunities which are available over time.

Next steps

To join our experienced Secondary Systems Planning team, please review the position description available via our careers site and apply without delay!

Applications close Monday, 26 September 2022.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and you may be contacted prior to the close date to facilitate shortlisting.

NB: While our preference is for candidates with full eligibility to work in New Zealand, reasonable accommodation and sponsorship may be possible for outstanding asset management and relevant HVDC and Reactive Power experience.

To apply for this job, please click 'apply now' or go to our job site and enter the job code 25546


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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