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Senior Electrical Engineer/ Project Manager (Substations)

Apply now Job no: 505166
Work type: Full Time
Location: Johannesburg
Categories: Power Transmission and Substations, Power Distribution

  • Global engineering consultancy with great career opportunities
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects both locally and internationally
  • Friendly working environment across the business

About SMEC

SMEC South Africa is part of the SMEC Group who joined forces with Surbana Jurong to provide global engineering and consultancy expertise in urban, infrastructure and management advisory services. Our new partnership has created a talent pool of 16,500 dedicated people working across a network of 120 offices in 40 countries.

SMEC employs passionate and innovative people who are driven to deliver exceptional outcomes and who want to feel valued in a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We are committed to developing our people. We encourage them to see things differently, to be creative, to push boundaries and to work on a broad range of projects that help build a better future.

Consistently recognized for technical excellence and design innovation, SMEC continues to receive industry awards and accolades from around the world. Engineering News Record (ENR) currently ranks SMEC in the top 24 of the ‘2021 Top 225 International Design Firms’.

The role

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and energized Senior Electrical Engineer/ Project Manager (Substations) to join a leading infrastructure consultancy and contribute to the growth and development of a business with a reputation for technical excellence and strong client relationships.

Reports To

Section Manager or any other person appointed to supervise him/her from time to time.

Primary Position Purpose

This position is responsible for providing professional services on projects within the Functional group, leading and executing Substation (HV and MV) Projects within the group.

Key Responsibilities

With a minimum of 10 years of experience post-graduation in Transmission and Distribution Projects, the key responsibilities will be:

• Project management of medium/large projects
• Management and coordination of multi-disciplinary project teams
• Budgets, resourcing and outsourcing of project work within the section, as well as agreeing project budgets with other sections on large projects comprising multi-disciplinary project teams
• Authoring competent technical reports of acceptable technical and presentational quality
• Checking work of all those in the project team and taking responsibility for their work
• Presenting/ representing their technical work
• Drafting successful responses to bids
• Clear knowledge of work procedures and ability to brief project team on them
• Assigning work to others
• Regular client contact under direction of more senior manager
• Building relationships with clients
• Identifying and following through on leads associated with additional work prospects on the projects they are involved with
• Clear understanding of local functional business technologies and markets
• Discussing in detail with clients the business technologies and markets
• Training others in respective functional field and building a team
• Marketing technical capability
• Supervising Engineers or Technicians in undertaking checks and inspections of constructed works for compliance with design and specifications, including monitoring and proposing remedial actions
• Development and/or improvement of function group specific design procedures
• Planning and coordinating investigations and surveys
• Coordinating work between functions

Recommended Qualifications, Skills and Experience required:

• Bachelor of Engineering degree/higher degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited University
• Relevant Professional Registration – Pr Eng
• 10 Year experience post-graduation in Transmission and Distribution Projects
• Minimum 6 years of professional experience in HV Substation design and Project Management
• Experience in design management and design delivery for projects and managing professional teams of medium/large T&D projects
• PMP / SACPCMP would be beneficial
• Specialist Knowledge in Substation standards and applications would be beneficial
• Specialist Knowledge / Experience in Earthing and Lightning Protection would be beneficial
• Knowledge of QA and OHS requirements applicable to T&D Projects in a consulting environment
• Knowledge of the commercial aspects of project management
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to effectively write reports
• Courteous and business orientated manners when communicating with stakeholders to foster and promote good working relations
• Co-operative and flexible work style to work in a team environment
• Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
• Ability to make technical decisions which are outcome driven

Closing Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021

Details of the package on offer will be shared with shortlisted candidates.

SMEC is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is a source of strength for our people, our clients, our partners and our communities.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online. To apply, click on the "Apply Now" link below and follow the prompts.

Only candidates who meet the above minimum requirements will be considered. Correspondence will only be conducted with shortlisted candidates. Should you not hear from us within 4 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

To find out more about SMEC, please visit our careers page at

Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.

SMEC is committed to an organizational culture that recognizes, appreciates, and values diversity & inclusion.

All recruitment activities go through our Resourcing function and currently, this role doesn’t require agency input. Please do not forward resumes directly to SMEC employees/managers; we do not accept unsolicited resumes and are not responsible for any associated fees.

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