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Sr or Engineer II - Transmission Services

SouthWest Power Pool

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: March 23, 2022
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Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is about more than power. We’re about the power of relationships. Our employees have the opportunity to work together to ensure electricity is delivered reliably and affordably to the millions of people living in our service territory. We have been voted one of Arkansas’ Best Places to work by Arkansas Business and we are looking for a member of our team who is passionate about our mission to keep the lights on!

We have a core ideology here at SPP that we stand by: Do the right thing, for the right reason, in the right way.

We believe in supporting our employees through a fantastic benefits package:

  • Competitive pay with bonus opportunities
  • Excellent insurance package including three great medical plans to choose from, employer-paid short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Hybrid working environment for positions that are eligible where employees have the flexibility to work from home 50% of the time
  • Fantastic contributions to your retirement through a 401(k) savings plan with employer-match benefits and a defined benefit plan fully funded by SPP

Overview

The Engineer, Transmission Services is responsible for performing the modeling of the SPP electrical transmission system, engineering analyses supporting Tariff Services and coordination of any special studies for Southwest Power Pool Inc. 

Additionally, the employee is expected to work closely within SPP and with SPP Tariff Customers and Members to collaboratively support all functions within the Transmission Services department.  As such, the Engineer provides “dotted line” coordination of activities with various Engineering departments of SPP organization, vendors and consultants.  The position requires extensive contact and work with employees at all levels of the organization, as well as with SPP members and customers.  This employee must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

As such, the employee must have a good understanding of the SPP Transmission Grid and transmission system planning.  The employee must be able to apply engineering theory to real world situations and perform complex engineering analysis or develop and improve those engineering techniques.

The Engineer will support/lead the overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, policy matters, and any other relevant issues to our processes, including the development of new planning techniques, and processes improvements.

This position also requires advanced leadership skills and the ability to mentor other staff members. Leadership activities may include involvement with working groups, active involvement with multiple Engineering efforts, representing Transmission Services inside and outside of the Engineering department, and reviewing and approving work efforts of team members.

This position requires the ability to work under deadlines in a fast paced environment while also working with Tariff customers on a day to day basis.   The employee is expected to work with minimal supervision.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain expertise and proficiency with the SPP power system analysis tools, software and processes
  • Develop, maintain and improve engineering processes and procedures
  • Oversite of the technical aspects of the planning processes, including the development and analysis of transmission plans for all applicable planning processes under evaluation
  • Detailed understanding of specific governing documents and processes will be required
  • Responsible for ensuring that the planning process is meeting the governing language as written, including consideration on how these requirements impact the process as a whole
  • Actively support and participate in SPP Stakeholder Process
  • Develop positive stakeholder technical, supervisory, leadership and/or management level relationships as necessary to accomplish SPP objectives and assigned directives
  • Be prepared to be a staff secretary for an SPP working group/task force, if called to do so
  • Provide technical support to customer relationships to collect data and share results. In these cases, facilitate stakeholder feedback discussions to reach a positive customer consensus and satisfaction, to the fullest extent possible
  • Exercise advanced decision making skills for technical studies and services to adapt between standard and non-standard techniques
  • Mentor and provide technical support in a teamwork environment, including onboarding and training of new and/or less experience Transmission Services staff
  • Develop basic project management skills by taking responsibility for the completion of any assigned independent projects
  • Provide key technical support in a team environment as a Subject Matter Expert
  • Mentor and train SPP Staff in technical areas such as Powerflow and Transmission Services concepts
  • Development of Transmission Services reports, procedures and presentations
  • Responsible for the technical content that is contain in the Reports
  • Independently handle several SPP technical processes, studies or tasks with limited scope and minimum supervision
  • Embrace and promote the SPP Culture, Mission and Core Values in attitude toward stakeholder relationships, current work assignments as well as long term goals and strategic initiative of the organization
  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures

Qualifications

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an ABET accredited university. Degree should be in a calculus-based engineering field such as: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Systems Engineering

Experience Requirements:

  • Engineer - Five (5) years of relevant Engineering experience; Professional Engineer License may satisfy one year of experience requirement.
  • Engineer II - Two (2) years of relevant engineering experience

Required:

  • Advanced proficiency with most SPP power systems analysis tools with a solid command of several SPP tools and/or processes
  • Practical understanding of the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff, FERC & NERC governing documents, SPP By-Laws, SPP Criteria and the SPP Committee structure
  • Flexibility and ability to function with constantly changing and multiple priorities
  • Strong inter-personal and team work skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a broad spectrum of individual with diverse interests when resolving problems
  • Motivation to take appropriate expedited action when required
  • Competent working skills with communication and data handling software such as Microsoft Office© Word, Excel, Access

Preferred:

  • A Professional Engineer (PE)license
  • Advanced degree in related field of study
  • Electric Utility Industry experience

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to make decisions, interpret data, and problem solve.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand or sit for extended periods; use hands to operate a computer keyboard and standard office equipment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 10 pounds.
  • Requires the ability to work and collaborate with managers and employees at all levels to exchange ideas, information, and opinions to facilitate the task.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working extended hours may be required.

Travel Requirement:

This position requires minimal travel (approximately 10%).

Should you elect to apply for this position SPP will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email. 

 Southwest Power Pool is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “reasonable accommodation” as a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job, and does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.  SPP adheres to the ADA and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.