General Electric Principal Engineer in Johannesburg, South Africa
Job Description Summary
Engineers providing consulting services to internal/external energy clients resulting in sales revenue Impacts approaches, projects and programs in the functional area or affected business organization and ways of working. Impacts quality, efficiency and effectiveness of own team. Guided by commercial practices and policies that may be shaped by the role. Has significant control/influence over commercial priorities. There is moderate autonomy within the role to enter into/execute Commercial arrangements. High levels of Commercial judgement are required to achieve outcomes required. This role can be located in South Africa OR Nigeria OR Cote d'Ivoire OR Ghana.
This position is for a Principal Consultant – specialized in Power System Analysis and Planning with emphasis on Renewables.
The desired Consultant will be involved in:
Technical advisory services for projects under development, construction and operation which may include but not limited to technical due diligences, electrical network modelling and study, assessment of electrical system operation performances and project management.
Technical analysis and performance assessment of Renewable Energies
Identify and execute high quality power energy solutions
Review customer specifications and support customers in selection of grid connections and storage solution for the application.
Support GE business initiatives related to the systems equipment and services of the business, and provide advisory services to our industry
Perform power system analysis including: modeling, simulation, and evaluation of design alternatives
Lead the development/refinement of tools and techniques for power system simulation.
Identify and cultivate new customers and business opportunities. Develop projects with customers; manage contracts to ensure technical, schedule and cost objectives are met; actively participate in identifying and cultivating new customers and business opportunities; lead preparation of proposals; and make customer presentations
Actively participate in strategic planning and development of GE product/service offerings and support New Product/Technology Introductions concurrent with GE business needs.
Prepare and deliver technical reports, effectively communicate results to both internal and external customers by preparing written detailed and summary reports and making presentations describing analyses performed, solutions developed, and customer value propositions
Provide mentoring and help develop/train less experienced staff in a working environment where teamwork, quality, customer service and innovation are highly valued.
Actively participate in Industry forums to promote GE solutions and technology
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in electrical, mechanical, or electric power engineering.
At least 10 years of professional experience in engineering, electric system simulation and analysis, project management or a related function
Proficiency in key software analytical tools, e.g. PSS/E, PowerFactory, EMTP/ATP, PSCAD, PSLF, PVsyst, MATLAB, Python
Must be able to run these tools focused on interconnecting invertor-based technology to the grid.
Ability and willingness to travel a minimum of 20% of the time, as required.
Languages: must have excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to write clear and detailed technical reports, presentations and emails in English. Knowledge of other languages is preferred.
MS or PhD in electrical, mechanical or electric power engineering
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Solid understanding of conventional power systems and equipment operation: generation, transmission, distribution and industrial
Solid knowledge of of Wind or Solar PV projects, equipment and sensors including modules, inverters, trackers, BoP, solar stations and other components of the plant.
Experience may also include a working knowledge of Renewables related regulations, codes and standards (IEC and other relevant certifications in the Renewables industry)
Experience in power system operation and analysis: steady state load flow studies, short circuit analysis, transient & dynamic stability analysis, protection coordination studies, earthing design and electromagnetic transient analysis.
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
Demonstrated capability to complete projects on-time and on-budget as either individual contributor or project manager
Proficiency with office productivity software e.g. MS Office, Visio, MS Project.
Ability to motivate and influence individuals and teams
Strong written and oral communication skills suitable for making presentations to internal and external business customers, and for supporting GE executive external communications, an additional Language (French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese…) is preferred.
Industry involvement such as IEEE / CIGRE, ASME, AWEA, PE with published papers in one or more technical societies
Pending or awarded patents
Six Sigma training is preferred (GE only)
Relocation Assistance Provided: No