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General Electric Valve Electrical Team Lead in Stafford, United Kingdom

Job Description Summary

As Valve Electrical Team Lead, you will report to the Valve Engineering Manager. The successful candidate will be part of a highly motivated, dynamic team of engineers working on the delivery and application engineering of existing and new power electronics applications for power systems, particularly for HVDC converters and the forthcoming “HVDC Grid”. This is a very exciting and dynamic field of power engineering in which GE’s leading contribution has worldwide recognition. HVDC Valves are large and complex structures, with typical dimensions of several meters in each direction and weighing many tens of tones. The design and the development of such converters is technically challenging and involves a variety of engineering disciplines, contribution through teamwork and an innovative approach.

The role gives an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate to innovate, expand their design skill and personal development within an internationally recognised expert in this exciting field. Whilst based at the HVDC Centre of Excellence in Stafford there will be international travel opportunities to collaborate with other GE units, test laboratories and customer sites.

Job Description


  • Schedule the team’s workload and define priorities.

  • Perform people reviews.

  • Manage people development through knowledge sharing and mentoring and training plan.

  • Forecast the upcoming work for the team.

  • Effectively communicates technical issues throughout the organization; Uses contemporary communication tools to share across Engineering and business silos.

  • Ensure engineering processes and best practice is followed and correct auditable documentation is created;

  • Ensure engineering product is delivered with the correct quality levels for the client and the marketplace;

  • Collate and report teams KPI’s;

  • Review and approve key technical documentation;

  • Lead team in solving challenging technical issues;

  • Ensure that the project electrical deliverables for the Valve Engineering Department are correctly managed and delivered by the respective Project Leads;

  • Lead the capture, Implementation and validation of project and technology requirements;

  • Ensure work is aligned with against customer specification at project stage (Clause by Clause, Risk analysis);

  • Lead work on completing technical requirements specifications to solve project issues;.

  • Proactive Integration interaction with other engineering departments for product definition (System design, Valve Mechanical, Main Scheme, Layout, Commercial);

  • Ability to, where required, make independent decisions;.

  • Ensure that work performed considers applicable international standards and policies

  • Foster an environment of knowledge sharing and mentoring within the team;

Candidate profile

The candidate will probably be educated to degree level in electrical or electronic engineering and have a good amount of experience in Power Electronics.

However, this is not as important as a proven track record and evidence that you have the experience and abilities to perform the role.

Candidates should must have proven experience of the design and/or development of power electronic converters (preferably at high power >1MVA). A good strong understanding of power semiconductors, their control, protection and application would be advantageousis required. It is key that the candidate has the ability to work quickly and efficiently within an engineering team. . Previous experience of management of technical issues with client and contract is preferred.

An enquiring mind and desire to learn new skills, an ability to apply different engineering disciplines and a willingness to share the knowledge are essential qualities. Ideally, the candidate will have a good track record of leading a team of engineers in delivering a technical project on time and according to the scope.


  • Educated to degree level in electrical, or electronic engineering or equivalent STEM degree.

Required Characteristics:

  • Power electronic converters (motor drives, such as HVDC and FACTS applications)

  • High power electronic components (IGBTs, thyristors, passive components)

  • Thermal Design (loss calculations, heatsink specification liquid cooling)

  • Specification & report writing, checking and approving

  • Simulation tools such as Matlab-Simulink, PSCAD-EMTDC

  • Design & type testing programmes

  • Requirements capture

  • Risk analysis

  • EHS compliance ability

  • Strong communication skills

Desired Characteristics:

  • Prior experience of electrical transmission industry

  • Prior experience of leading a project team or a functional team

  • Intellectual property and the patent process experience

  • Power Electronic control & protection

  • Understanding of multi-modular converters

  • High Voltage engineering

  • Ability to coordinate and lead a small large group of multi-discipline and multinational engineers

  • Good at sharing knowledge and experience

Specific Abilities

  • Able to work to deadlines with high quality

  • Good technical communication

  • Independent and team worker (Pro-Active)

  • Precise documentation

  • Attention to details

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes