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Senior Manager, Distribution Grid Management and Technology, Grid Modernization

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Surrey, British Columbia
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Powertech Labs Inc, BC Hydro's subsidiary that specializes in energy research, consulting, testing, and systems integration, has been serving power utilities, oil and gas companies, automotive, and electrical utility equipment manufacturers since 1989. We operate as a separate, unregulated, for profit, commercial company. In addition to providing innovative R&D, consulting and testing services to BC Hydro, Powertech provides the majority of its services to a large and diverse array of clients across North America, and around the world. Powertech is located on an 11-acre campus in Surrey, British Columbia and has 200+ employees. Our reach and reputation are global, and we are recognized as a leader in technology, testing, and power systems software. Our location places us close to BC Hydro, 25 kilometers from the US border, and at a gateway between Asian and North American markets. Finally, we are located in one of the most desirable locations on the globe, with all the natural beauty of British Columbia on our doorstep. We call this home.


Powertech’s brand and reputation command a dominant position in the power industry. To better serve our clients, we group our services under six market-orientated sectors: Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Substations, Power Systems, Grid Modernization and Advanced Transportation. Powertech’s competitive advantage is enhanced through close collaboration between all sectors.


The company's staff consists of professional engineers, scientists, technologists and technicians from a wide range of disciplines. These highly skilled individuals have access to 21 well-equipped, specialized laboratories. Together, the resources allow us to offer a range of forward-looking technology services to help clients advance technology, solve complex problems, and maximize asset performance.


Finally, we are customer-focused: To ensure our customers have high confidence in our services, we attract the best resources, are highly responsive and constantly strive to improve the quality and value of our services.  


Powertech has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Distribution Grid Management and Technology Senior Manager to join a team of professionals based at Powertech Labs in Surrey B.C.


Business Overview


Powertech’s Grid Modernization Sector is an independent commercial testing and validation facility that offers testing, engineering services, and consulting expertise to support utilities in grid modernization. The sector collaborates with utilities, vendors, and Original Equipment Manufacturers – OEMs – in design, product development, technology evaluation, interoperability testing, and pre-deployment validation. These services reduce the risk of bringing advanced technologies to the industry. The sector operates the Distribution
Automation and Optimization Test Centre, one of the largest, outdoor, full-scale distribution system demonstration facilities, and is currently supporting evaluation and testing of SCADA, Distribution Automation, Distribution Management Systems (DMS), and DMS applications, including Fault Location, Isolation and Restoration (FLISR). Our team has first-hand experience in the design, implementation, and testing of IT-OT integration for large utilities in North America. The sector evaluates new communications technologies for standards conformance, and our lab has capabilities to assess security and privacy implementation of communications systems for critical infrastructure. Our practice areas are broadly categorized into:


  • Disitribution Automation
  • NERC CIP Security
  • Critical infrastructure communications
  • Smart cities and communities
  • Electrification grid impact and load management (EV, Microgrid, C&I low carbon electrification)


Position Overview


Under the direction of the Sector Director for Grid Modernization, the incumbent will lead the Distribution Grid Management group. The selected candidate will be expected to lead every aspect of the team. Responsibilities include establishing an understanding of the global industry trends, developing a long-range strategy, and operationalizing this plan to ensure continued customer engagement and support, growth and day-to-day operational excellence. This leadership role requires teamwork with corporate support functions and the other Managers across Powertech Labs. Further, the incumbent is expected to be a technical expert in his/her own right and to provide technical leadership and day-to-day management to the team. The selected candidate will be expected to engage customers from around North America and beyond, identify and develop new service offerings to meet emerging and market needs and, collaborate with market participants to advance technology and the associated industry standards. With a relentless focus on quality, the incumbent is expected to pursue policies and activities that constantly raise the quality accreditation and performance of the sector. The selected candidate must have a demonstrated history of participating in national and international forums on relevant technical areas. Authoring and presenting technical publications is seen as important to maintaining and growing this sectors profile.


Key Responsibilities


  • Manage, lead and support a team of Engineers in the field of electrical engineering involved in projects of varying complexities relating to distribution automation, optimization, security, equipment testing and grid impact assessment of electric vehicles and electrification. Work will include technical consultation, testing and validation, advisory and technical studies.
  • Accountable for all aspects of the team and department including, but not limited to, financial (P&L), staff, facilities and laboratories, safety, quality, environment, capital expansion, customer interactions and business development.
  • Ensure that qualified internal and external resources are available and have the required expertise and tools to meet work plans; allocate resources to various projects within the work program; assign and coordinate work, and provide instructions, advice and technical guidance to other engineers, project and technical staff; review work in progress and assess completed work for accuracy, required results and compliance with quality assurance standards and procedures; where necessary provide mentorship and coaching to team members
  • Lead in business development activities by seeking out opportunities in areas of expertise, contacting prospective clients, preparing proposals and conducting client follow-up
  • Lead in designing test plans and procedures where standards may not exist or may not be mature
  • Review and approve/stamp electrical system designs, reports and drawings and ensure compliance with appropriate regulations
  • Appraise staff performance and provide input into an employee development program in order to maintain the required expertise; assist the sector director in staff selection, training and recommending promotions
  • Provide technical leadership and act as an expert technical resource. Responsible for providing professional and technical advice in areas of utility distribution system planning, operations, design and equipment.
  • Develop a robust program of new services in support of growing the team and the services offered to Powertech’s customers by monitoring and understanding industry/market trends, issues, and opportunities and assess for feasibility and market size
  • Work collaboratively with other teams across Powertech, and seek opportunities for inter-disciplinary projects



  • Degree in Electrical Engineering recognized by universities in Canada; graduate degree is an asset
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC is required
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in Electrical Engineering with special focus on Distribution Systems, with equipment at 33 kV and below for both overhead and underground systems
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a highly qualified team of technical experts
  • Ability to create and present robust business cases on behalf of clients to advance major investments in modern distribution system technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to grow business and manage costs and revenue


Required technical experience and knowledge


  • Strong practical knowledge of utility electrical distribution system design
  • Deep technical expertise in two or more areas in the distribution grid management areas: Distribution automation, NERC CIP and SCADA, Microgrid designs, Grid impact assessments for electrification (EV, C&I load management etc.)
  • Familiarity with smart+communicating distribution grid technologies market and equipment
  • Thorough understanding of principles of managing multifaceted, multidisciplinary, technical projects; including of budgets, resources, schedules, and deliverables through proposal, definition, initiation, planning, execution, reporting, and closure stages


Performance Competencies (Non-Technical Skills)

  • Proven track record in business development success working with clients in North America
  • Excellent leadership, team building and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the successful implementation and delivery of projects/services to the client on time and within budget with high quality
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills, make presentations to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated prudent decision-making capabilities
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts, principles and solutions
  • Demonstrated rigor in modeling safety behaviors and safety awareness for working in laboratories and the field


Location:                               Surrey B.C.

Job ID:                                    TLGM2018.17

Job Status:                             Full-Time Regular

Compensation & Benefits:    Powertech Labs Inc. offers a very comprehensive total rewards package based on a healthy work/life balance.



Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To apply and to learn more about Powertech Labs Inc., visit our website at powertechlabs.com.


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