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General Electric Sr Engineer Systems Studies in Stafford, United Kingdom

Job Description Summary

This role is designed to interpret the customer’s technical enquiry and to design the most cost effective overall solution for an HVDC installation utilizing the PES (power electronic solutions), with the objective of miminizing the total cost, and to specify the main (high-value) items of bought-out equipment. The successful candidate will drive the development and industrialisation of solutions tools and processes. The successful candidate will have proven professional experience and technical expertise in the field of power system engineering.

Internal Interfaces:

• Operations (for Customer projects)

• Technology (for R&D projects)

• Commercial (for tendering)

• Strategic Sourcing

• Quality

• Other engineering departments, especially Controls, System Design group

External Interfaces

• Major Suppliers

• Customers

• Consultants

• Professional Organizations

• Statutory Bodies

• Competitors

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities

  • Network Studies : Confirmation of the correct interaction between the equipment, its control system and the rest of the network. Transient Stability studies, Load Flow Studies, Short Circuit Studies, Interaction Studies.

  • Harmonic Analysis and Power Quality: Conducting AC and DC harmonic performance and harmonic stability studies for HVDC converter stations for VSC and LCC HVDC schemes . Radio Frequency Interference studies and Electromagnetic Compatibility studies. Power Line Carrier Interference studies and filters. Design of AC, DC, and High Frequency harmonic filters and screening. Calculations of filter performance and rating. Creation of project-specific equipment specifications for filter reactors/capacitors/resistors.

  • Insulation Coordination : Determination (by simulation) of temporary and transient overvoltage stresses on equipment and surge arrester energy ratings.

  • Be a recognized technical expert in the company and increase the team’s technical knowledge and competence.

  • Lead and solve customer issues; Implement systems to prevent recurrence; build customer relationships.

  • Provide guidance and coordinate the engineering tasks to meet the project/tender requirement.

  • Technical responsibility in areas of expertise.

  • Highly motivated to take ownership of technical issues.

  • Development and Industrialisation: Develop and industrialise solutions tools and processes associated with the engineering activities identified above.

  • Solve multiple issues; Implement solutions that drive speed & simplification on a regular basis.

  • Drive new developments in HVDC technologies, implementing control and protection solutions and creating / delivering new analysis techniques and system study tools in order to provide optimized system study solutions.

  • Proactively serves on cross functional leadership teams; Makes decisions independently; Pulls in experts when needed.

  • Process Improvement: Review and record design processes and develop new or improved processes.

  • Enforce engineering discipline and set processes across all work tasks and adherence to company policies, quality procedures and work instructions (e.g. through trainings, technical reviews).

  • Innovative approach applied to projects, processes, publication of papers/patents.

  • Represent the business in external events.

  • Improve own technical knowledge base and keep abreast of latest updates in the industry.

  • Values: Comply with the GE Values Charter.

Desired additional skills

  • Insulation Coordination Studies : Determination (by simulation) of temporary and transient overvoltage stresses on equipment and surge arrester energy ratings.

  • Losses : Calculation of overall project losses and reporting to the client.

  • Equipment Specification : Creation of project-specific, high economic value, equipment specifications for equipment such as power transformers, instrument transformers, reactors, capacitors, surge arresters etc.

  • Reliability and Availability Studies : Creation of overall reliability and availability models for projects and reporting to the client.


  • Demonstrates track record of designing quality systems/components that exceed design reqs, beat cost targets, and exceed reliability targets

  • Take part in the development and deployment of engineering processes, working methods and best practices within the Department.

  • Enforce engineering discipline and set processes across all work tasks and adhereance to company policies, quality procedures and work instructions (e.g. through trainings, technical reviews).

  • Report or resolve any non-conformances in a timely manner.

Health and Safety

  • Identify and evaluate EHS risks in own area and implement practical measures.

  • Set the example by demonstrating the proper acts and actively observe work conditions and behaviours, giving constructive feedback and celebrating EHS effective prevention.

  • Actively participate in defining corrective actions when work is unsafe or when an uncontrolled risk is observed.

  • Routinely observe routines and behaviours of others and provide immediate feedback regarding unsafe behaviour and celebrates achievements or safe behaviours.

  • Actively and routinely promote the identification of hazards and near misses to their team/s.

Candidate profile

Educational requirements

Educated with an Engineering degree including power systems and power electronics subjects preferably proven experience in HVDC System Design.

Technical skills

  • Harmonic analysis and Power Quality

  • Knowledge of Power System design

  • Knowledge of system tools like PSCAD, PSS/E, DigSilent, RTDS and MATLAB etc.

  • Insulation co-ordination and main equipment characteristics for HVDC

  • An understanding of the use of computer mathematical and simulation tools as applied to the design of the aforementioned activities

  • A general understanding of the characteristics of HVDC Valves and their control systems.

  • Presentation ability

Personal skills

  • Able to lead technical activities and mentor team members for technical delivery

  • Able to work to deadlines with high quality, sense of urgency and delivery

  • Good technical communication skills

  • Ability to coordinate and lead a group of engineers

  • Structured approach to sharing knowledge and experience

  • Self-motivating, proactive and results driven approach

  • Strong problem-solving and root cause identification skills

  • Precise documentation

  • Ability to be a team player and to work independently

  • "Professional" approach to engineering delivery

  • Right first time culture & attitude

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: No