Senior Manager - Technical Projects at Avangrid

Posted in Other 3 days ago.

Location: Rochester, New York

Job Description:

Job Title: Sr. Manager - Technical Projects

Reports to: Program Director Smart Grids

Company: Rochester Gas & Electric

Department/Organization: Smart Grids Innovation & Planning III

Location: Maine, NY, CT

The base salary range for this position is $123,879 to $161,042 and isdependent upon experience

Scope of Work - Main duties, settings, geography, reporting relationships, and other relationships:

The NY and ME Grid Model Enhancement Project (GMEP) is a 5-year (2021-2025) project with a CapEx budget of ~45M. GMEP is a cornerstone for grid modernization efforts and is one component of the New York State REV initiative. It has been identified as a significant project within both the 2020 Distribution System Implementation Plan (DSIP) Filing submitted in July 2020, and the 2019 New York Rate Case Joint Proposal approved in November 2020. For Maine, the project has been approved in the CMP rate case.

The GMEP project will enhance the accuracy of the physical and electrical data represented in Avangrid data sources. When complete, the data model will allow for improved analysis, monitoring, control, planning, and forecasting of the Electric Distribution System.

This effort will enhance Distribution Planning and Operations ability to perform core and advanced functions. GMEP will change the processes and responsibilities in all areas of the Company from initial planning through field execution.

The IEDR will be a single statewide platform that securely collects and integrates a large and diverse set of energy-related data. It aims to share meaningful information and insights on New York's energy system, supporting the state's clean energy and climate commitment by providing effective access to useful energy data. The IEDR will inform investment decisions, identify operational inefficiencies, monitor policy effectiveness, promote innovation, and encourage new business models.

The platform will draw data from New York's electric, gas, and steam utilities, as well as other relevant sources, benefiting energy customers across the state. The role of the utility is to provide the data to this platform.

The IEDR development program has an aggressive timeline for achieving its goals, it started in 2021 and it is planned to finish in 2026, although the platform will remain working for decades. Use cases will drive the platform's functionality, ensuring it meets the needs of various stakeholders. Regular meetings, events, and open dialogue with the community are essential to capturing valuable insights and ensuring the IEDR remains a reliable repository of accurate information. Avangrid budget for the project is ~23M of CAPEX.

This position would be responsible for leading the overall GMEP and IEDR initiative in:

  • Establishing a streamlined quality control process to maintain the integrity of the data model from data capture through data analysis.

  • Refining and enhancement of system interfaces (SAP, GIS, CYME, etc.).

  • Automating manual processes to operate more efficiently and effectively; and

  • Leading a physical field inventory of 1,900 electric distribution circuits (44,000 miles) at NYSEG and RG&E, and 475 electric distribution circuits (24,000 miles) at CMP which includes distribution lines, structures, and equipment detail such as phase orientation, designation, and equipment nameplate information.

  • Being the Company lead for the IEDR program, engage with external stakeholders (Regulators other Joint Utilities of NY and State energy agencies) and internal ones (Data owners)

This position reports to the Director of Smart Grids Innovation in the Process and Systems organization under Process and Technology.

(Scope of work - range of responsibilities):

Manage a team of 7-10 core SMEs with proficiency in Utility data for the following utility business processes: Distribution Planning, Electric Operations, Change Management, Electric Maintenance Engineering, IT / OSG, Master Data, tariff books, Customer billing, usage, and AMI. Manage a budget of ~$70M of Capex through the life of these projects. Collaborate across multiple Operating Companies and functional areas including Electric Operations, Asset Management, Distribution Planning, Customer Service, Metering, GIS Operations, and IT, to meet project requirements. Develop and document sustainable business processes, protocols, and tools. Provide expertise and immediacy of decision-making, hold project team members accountable for results, coach and guide team members, resolve disputes, and escalate issues when appropriate. Drive objectives to meet scope, schedule, design, and testing requirements, and ultimately transition to Operations. Monitor progress against the plan. Manage integration of complex systems (SAP, GIS, CYME Gateway, AMI, etc.). Perform fiduciary responsibilities including the management of Framework Agreements, Purchase Orders, Work Orders, budget forecasts, and variance reporting. Lead regular project status and Steering Committee meetings. Generate and present reports in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Evaluate and summarize regulatory filings, interrogatories, orders, and policy reports that impact project strategy or business implications.


Education & Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's Degree preferred.

  • 7 years' relevant experience including 5 to 7 years of project/program management of medium-large scale projects.

  • Knowledge and experience developing project Charters, Dossiers, Resource Plans, Global Socialization, and presentations for OC Notation, MOC, and BOD.

  • Experience in leading teams of both internal and external resources.

  • Experience and understanding of establishing project accounting according to guidelines to ensure cost recovery through accurate reporting.

  • Experience with SAP for financial budgeting, forecasting, and tracking.

  • Knowledge and experience navigating the Procurement Process.

  • Experience working with IT from the development of IT PDDs to requirements identification.

  • Experience in gas and electric utilities

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Project, SharePoint, Teams).


  • A Change Management, PMP, and/or Lean Six Sigma Certification(s) is a plus.

  • Knowledge of Electric Operations' current processes to record, gather and maintain data.

  • Knowledge of Distribution Planning processes, and criticality of filling data gaps.

  • Knowledge of Customer Service processes and data associated with them.

  • Knowledge of Information Technology design, architecture, and data virtualization.

  • Knowledge of Utility Customers rate design and billing processes and data flows it involves.


  • Project Management (individual projects, linked projects)

  • Change Management (people, process, technology) experience

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Communications / Influencing

  • Negotiation / Dispute Resolution

  • Analytical Capabilities

  • Regulatory Experience

  • Working knowledge of several utility business areas (e.g., Electric Operations, Gas Operations, Customer Service, Asset Management & Planning, IT)

  • Coaching and Mentoring

  • Agility, versatility, and flexibility; productive in a multi-tasking and rapidly changing environment

  • Metrics design and development


  • Develop Self & Others

  • Empower to Grow

  • Collaborate & Share

  • Be a role model

  • Focus on achieving results

  • Be Agile

Competency Requirements:

It is preferred that for this job, the candidate fulfills the requirements in terms of levels indicated below.

1. Delivering for the Business:

  • Global view of the Business - Competent

  • Achieving Results and Continuous Improvements - Advanced

  • Initiative - Advanced

  • Innovation & Creativity - Competent

2. Global Relationships:

  • Flexibility & Globalization - Competent

  • Customer Focus - Advanced

  • Communicating & Influencing - Advanced

  • Teamwork - Advanced

3. Managing People:

  • Team Management - Advanced

  • Developing Others - Competent

AVANGRID employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency,

may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties.

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