Operations Planning Engineer
Transpower
Hamilton, NZ
2d ago

Do you thrive in a decision-orientated, real time environment? Join our collaborative Ops Planning team who stand together - Tū mai Aotearoa - to enable New Zealand's electrified future!

Transpower connects New Zealanders to their power system, through safe, smart and sustainable solutions for today and tomorrow.

Addressing climate change, and meeting New Zealand's Paris Agreement commitments, requires our electricity system to plan and adapt for the future needs of our country - today.

About the Team

Operations Planning provides coordination, planning and engineering support to enable safe and efficient access to the power system.

The team prepares plans and advice for the real time control room teams on operational engineering to maintain system security.

About the Opportunity

We have an opportunity for an Operations Planning Engineer to join us in either Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch.

Working in Operations Planning is a great way to gain deep technical knowledge of how we operate the Grid, how we assess and manage changes and risks and the impact grid activities have on the New Zealand electricity market.

The team works across different time frames - from close in (real time) to looking at major projects and changes on the Grid over the longer term - so there is the potential to be involved in a variety of work over time.

We're looking for someone who has both a positive outlook and the energy to learn operations planning quickly. You'll also bring your own expertise to help us drive process, technical and engineering improvements.

What you'll be doing

You'll provide technical assessments and planning advice for outages and changes to the grid. You'll also develop close relationships with our other operations teams - particularly the real time operators, power system planning and markets and business teams.

Typical operations planning work includes :

  • Advising internal and external customers on the operational and market impacts of taking assets out of service, of changing their capabilities, and on special protection schemes
  • Ensuring the system operator tools and models are updated with changes in asset capability and newly commissioned equipment
  • Contributing to or leading event reviews
  • Collaborating with and engaging other parts of Operations or Transpower to drive improvements
  • We have a structured training programme in place to allow you to quickly learn the tools and processes used in this role.

    To broaden your skillset, and for job variety, you may work in any of the three Operations Planning teams involved in System Security, Planning and Project Support, and Network Modelling and Commissioning.

    To be considered, your CV and covering letter will demonstrate :

  • An Engineering qualification and power systems engineering experience OR you may not be an Engineer but have relevant experience e.
  • g. electricity market, analytical or technical experience, works planning, scheduling

  • Experience in problem solving and analysing solutions
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong time management and attention to detail
  • Flexibility - you can make quick decisions based on the best information to hand at the time
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