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Lead Electrical Engineer 4 - Substation Design - Phoenix, AZ (Hybrid)

Date:  Jan 6, 2023

Phoenix, AZ, US AZ, US

Company:  Black & Veatch Family of Companies


At Black & Veatch, our employee-owners go beyond the project. For over a century, we have been breaking down social, economic and geographic barriers by making life's critical resources accessible to all. Working with us, you will help provide critical expertise as we, along with our valued clients, deliver solutions that positively impact communities around the world. Our professionals are our greatest asset, and we believe nothing is more important than the health, happiness and professional growth of our employee-owners. With a focus on flexible work-life balance options, an expanding and diverse workforce, and limitless career growth opportunities, we will give you our best to help you give us your best, and together we can build a world of difference. 


Req Id : 88522 

Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : Yes 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Contract Hire Only for this Project : No 

Job Summary

BV’s Energy & Process business is driven to meet clients’ rapidly changing infrastructure needs in generation, storage, transmission, and distribution of safe, reliable electric power. Our business continues to invest in renewable energy to power the future and support BV’s vision of more sustainable solutions. By joining our business, you will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of helping our clients with the most innovative energy solutions. Black & Veatch provides complete engineering, procurement, and construction new asset and operating asset services in the following areas:

  • Substations
  • Overhead Transmission Lines
  • Underground Transmission Lines
  • Renewables Integration

In this role you will function as a technical lead substation design engineer. At Black & Veatch, Substation design encompasses distribution, subtransmission and transmission level voltage classes.  Under minimal supervision, you will perform advanced engineering techniques and analyses for problems and methods. This will expand your knowledge and skill set in area of discipline and among other functional areas.  In addition, you will lead other engineers and interface directly with clients.  Lastly, you will be responsible for the overall execution and quality of substation projects as a leader within a team environment.

This position will support projects located in Arizona, preferred if the candidate is located near Phoenix, AZ. This position also offers a hybrid work schedule. 


Key Responsibilities

Engineering Standards:

  • Perform substation design, including physical design, protective relaying/control with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
  • Apply knowledge of standards, systems, document control, departmental guides, applicable codes and Black and Veatch policies and procedures. 

Quality / Continuous Improvement:

  • Consistently and independently applies knowledge and complies with Black and Veatch quality program relative to assigned tasks.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with Black & Veatch quality program while performing internal Quality Assurance technical reviews.
  • Provides guidance and direction to others from the same project and discipline.
  • Supports continuous improvement and change management efforts.

Engineering Production:

  • Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for substation design.
  • Performs complex research and develops recommendations for equipment and/or materials selection.  
  • Prepares complex engineering calculations following standard methods and principles.
  • Manages assigned budget, schedule, and quality requirements.
  • Plans and conducts independent evaluation, selection and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria.

Project Coordination:

  • Actively coordinates with all other internal/external team members on moderately complex projects.
  • Manages work assignments and ensures quality from direct reports.
  • Actively participate in management, project scheduling, and work/resource planning meetings.

Client Focus:

  • Interface directly with clients, vendors and subcontractors.
  • Identify key client interests, communicate drivers to project team members and develop solutions for less complex projects.  
  • Focuses on the needs of internal clients while gaining an understanding of external client's main interests and drivers. 

Knowledge Sharing, Innovation and Technology:

  • May be recognized as a technical specialist by the division having in-depth knowledge of an engineering process and/or of technical aspects of an industry.
  • Responsible for the design of a complete project of moderately complex scope within an assigned practice area(s).  

People Management - (supervision, career development, training, mentoring):

  • Typically assists with performance management process, mentoring, recognition, and any corrective actions required.
  • Mentor less experienced engineers and direct reports.
  • Provide constructive feedback to direct reports on performance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substation Design – Physical & P&C
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control of substation design projects
  • Written Communications
  • Drive For Results
  • Priority Setting
  • Planning
  • Delegation
  • Directing Others
  • Conflict Management
  • Informing
  • Listening
  • Dealing with Ambiguity and Building Effective Teams 
  • Intermediate knowledge of engineering design principles and applicable design guides and standards related to assigned engineering discipline 

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 5 years related work experience All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


Most positions - depending on the nature of work performed as defined by the division - will typically require incumbents to have professional registration or licensure in their designated home office country, or be in active pursuit* of such registration


Communicates effectively
Directs work
Instills trust
Interpersonal savvy
Organizational savvy
Customer focus
Decision quality

Salary Plan

ENG: Engineering

Job Grade


Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.


Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy. We offer professionals an array of health and welfare benefits that vary based on their geographic region and employment status. This may include health, life accident and disability insurances, paid time off, financial programs and more. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.


By valuing diverse voices and perspectives, we cultivate an authentically inclusive environment for professionals and are able to provide innovative and effective solutions for clients.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

Job Segment: Construction, Design Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Engineer, Electrical, Engineering

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