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Engineer (Senior/Lead) - NES Solution Development

National Grid


Location:
Waltham, MA
Date:
08/15/2017
2017-08-152017-09-13
Job Code:
20170985
Categories:
  • Mechanical Engineering - Applied Mechanics
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Description: Description National Grid’s Connect 21 strategy is to build and operate better energy networks for the 21st century digital economy. Understanding that a robust electric and gas distribution and transmission system is necessary to deliver clean and economical energy to our customers, National Grid is implementing technologies on our networks that will allow us to meet our future energy challenges.

Our strategy is to encourage greater discipline around innovation, deploying new grid facing technologies, and integrating physical with digital networks that will better enable us to meet the challenges ahead to ensure the grid remains affordable for customers, and dynamic to accommodate changing power flows and renewable and distributed energy.

National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) has been recently established to develop and launch agile, transformative, and innovative energy solutions; moving towards the goal of a customer-centric, 21st century utility. Our team culture is self-directed and empowered, and provides NES team members the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, with start-to-finish project ownership, and participation in transformational industry change. We are proud of how we develop these solutions; embracing and integrating new energy and customer enabling technologies. NES unlocks value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerates progress towards a sustainable future.
About the Position:

This position is responsible for technology research, product testing & validation, and product integration for new offerings for our customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. This position will lead the testing and integration of planned technologies into the Company’s Energy Efficiency (EE) and Demand Response (DR) portfolios, and identify new technologies to be added to those portfolios, including emerging technologies such as energy storage, distributed generation, and EV charging. By incorporating advancements in load control, aggregation, Internet of Things, behavioral DR, and distributed energy resources, this position is an essential contributor to our goal of a modernized, customer-centric, 21 st century utility.

Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to): Identify new and emerging technologies for demonstration in future EE and DR program plans in MA, RI and NY, with a focus on smart/connected devices, in partnership with New Partnerships and Group Technology teams. Research and evaluate new products, technologies and systems that offer increased energy visibility and control to our customers through disaggregated (e.g. appliance-level) usage information. Conduct other technology research and evaluation, as required, to support planned program in areas such as distributed generation (DG), energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV) charging. Serve as technical lead during the design and planning of new product demonstrations and pilots, from specifying requirements to coordinating User Acceptance Testing. Provide guidance to technology vendors/partners on current and future requirements, and plan and develop system integrations between technology partner/vendor and National Grid systems. Serve as technical lead throughout development, launch, and ongoing program delivery for new EE and DR products in MA, RI, and NY, including both enhancements and new product offerings. Plan and lead small-scale pilots of new products and technologies, recruiting test customers, coordinating field installations, ensuring support from technology partner/vendor, obtaining customer usage data and feedback, and synthesizing results to inform larger-scale program development. Commission third-party studies and pilot evaluations, as required, to verify impacts on customer energy usage and establish cost-effectiveness. Conduct internal product testing & validation efforts for new product enhancements, including all integration points.


Qualifications Knowledge and Experience Required: Experience in managing internal and external project teams required. Knowledge of industry trends and innovation in EE and DR technology required. Experience implementing the different phases of the product development process and converting engineering ideas to life experiences. Experience with communicating technology platforms, design, internal IT integrations, external vendor technology integrations, customer-facing technology, and company-owned metering integration preferred. Experience with electric utility programs preferred, either within a utility or as a vendor/partner or related service provider. Knowledge of energy storage preferred Other Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required. Advanced degree preferred. Minimum of 4 years of related work experience. Energetic and creative technologist who recognizes and proactively identifies breakthrough ideas and is committed to achieving/exceeding results. Must be a self-starter, creative, and comfortable leading project teams. Design thinking capability and experience preferred. Experience working independently on a large number of projects, including customer-facing initiatives. Comfort with ambiguity and change. Possesses positive expectations for peers and is able to work collaboratively in a matrix organization to achieve results. Able to respond to storm- and other emergency-related events, as assigned by National Grid’s emergency response department, including working off-hour and weekend shifts and traveling within the region, as required of all Company employees. This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills.
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.
Job : Electric Systems Eng Primary Location : MA-Waltham Other Locations : RI-Providence Organisation : Jurisdiction-FERC Schedule : Full-time Job Posting : Apr 21, 2017, 4:04:10 PM Unposting Date : Ongoing

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