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Jacobs Principal Power Systems Engineer in Christchurch, New Zealand

Your Impact:

Jacobs Power System Studies team is at the forefront of the energy transition supporting our key clients (developers, tier one energy companies, utilities, and asset owners) in their pursuit to reduce carbon emissions and reach NetZero. The Power Systems team partners with clients to aid their development or update of renewable energy assets, conduct feasibility studies, deliver detailed system studies along with asset management and future network planning.

This team forms part of the broader ANZ Jacobs Power group offering complete solutions in the power industry including substation, transmission line and protection design. The Group benefits from a broad range of international client relationships, long standing industry partnerships and an impressive management group passionate about Jacobs offering to the market. We are working closely with major companies and decision makers in the energy industry ensuring rapid and smooth transition to a sustainable future.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here at Jacobs, you’ll use Power System modelling software including PSS/E, PSCAD and PowerFactory to deliver various network planning studies to assist network owners with shaping the future electricity network and integration of BESS, On and Offshore Wind farm developments, Solar Power, Hydrogen developments, synchronous condensers, hybrid applications, Electric Vehicles and many other new and developing technologies. You’ll liaise with the Power Group on multidisciplinary projects in Australia and New Zealand, and further afield in the UK, Europe, US, and Asia.

You’ll be exposed to business development activities and contribute and support development of internal strategies and project management of large power projects. Jacobs have many facets to offer which you may find appealing including career development and coaching, a professional mentoring scheme, closely monitored performance and objective goal setting, annual pay reviews, access to internal training, salary sacrifice, public holiday swaps, purchases leave schemes, health care discounts, 7 years long service leave, bonus schemes to recognise consulting excellence or teamwork, and professional subscriptions to highlight a few!

We’re also proud of:

✅ We are an advocate for gender equality – for six years we have been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employers of Choice promoting gender equality and flexibility in our Australian workplaces.

✅ We launched myFlex – our refreshed approach encompassing a flexible working toolkit to help guide our employees to flexible working for all employees, including part time arrangements to suit you.

✅ We’ve enhanced our Parental Leave Policy to 12 weeks for all employees with immediate eligibility at commencement of employment have introduced paid leave and support for those that may experience pregnancy loss.

✅ We have launched a Family & Domestic Abuse (FDA) policy – to provide tangible support & safety for our employees experiencing DV.

Truly flexible, we are open to candidates working from any Jacobs New Zealand office. We hope to find someone with the following skills and experience:

  • In depth understanding of power system issues and demonstrated experience in power system planning studies and for a range of renewable energy sources.

  • Ability to oversee the development and delivery of client projects with a particular focus on power system analysis, including network connections, application of regulatory requirements, network planning and compliance and reliability analysis.

  • Effective communicator and collaborator, with the aptitude to articulate the technical direction of proposal development.

  • Experience and ability to lead studies in one of the following power system software packages: PSCAD, PSS/E or PowerFactory. We will support training in the software packages required.

  • Experience in Python will be highly regarded.

  • A tertiary degree in a related electrical engineering field, post graduate studies highly regarded.

*Jacobs. A world where you can.   *

From our inclusive employee networks, to our positive mental health champions – we’re committed to driving a culture of caring where you can be you. Joining Jacobs not only connects you locally but globally - and together, our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds power our collective strength. We collaborate and share! By supporting one another, we all succeed.

With safety and flexibility always top of mind, we’ve gone beyond traditional ways of working so you have the support, means and space to maximise your potential. You’ll uncover flexible working arrangements, benefits and opportunities to do good too – from participating in our global giving and volunteering program, to exploring new and inventive ways to help our clients make the world a better place. No matter what drives you, you’ll discover how you can cultivate, nurture and achieve your goals – all at a single global company.

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s Network – find out more about our employee networks here.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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