Senior DSO (Distribution System Operator) Planning Engineer

Do you have a passion for new technology? Do you have strong power engineering experience? We have an opportunity for you in the dynamic and strategic environment of Electricity Distribution!
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Do you have a passion for new technology? Do you have strong power engineering experience? We have an opportunity for you in the dynamic and strategic environment of Electricity Distribution!

About WEL Networks

With around 270 employees, owned by and working for the community, WEL Networks has been serving the Waikato for 100 years, distributing power from the national grid, connecting over 160,000 people to electricity services.

Based in Hamilton, we play an essential role in the region's economic and social development by identifying and investing in new technologies that will modernise our network and future-proof our region. We’re excited to be broadening our horizons as we diversify from a traditional lines company into a multi-utility.

As the world is going through a period of significant change and adjusting to a new normal, so too is WEL Networks. With the energy landscape changing at pace, through the acceleration of Electrification, Solar, Batteries, and EVs driving changing customer expectations, we are focussing now more than ever on unlocking our energy potential and realising our vision: to create an innovative energy future.

We are looking for skilled, innovative and enthusiastic individuals to join our team in supporting the company through this exciting new chapter and into the future.

About the role

The DSO (Distribution System Operator) Team will play a key role in delivering WEL’s strategy; transitioning to the smart flexible distribution network of the future and enabling WEL to realise its ambition of becoming a DSO.

We have recently added a number of roles to our group and this includes a new Senior DSO Planning Engineer role.  Reporting directly to the DSO Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for the DSO engineering planning function in collaboration with the wider DSO Team, enabling integration of DSO Planning with the existing network and customer projects planning, enabling WEL to operate as a DSO.

Skills and experience

  • You will be tertiary qualified in a relevant discipline with significant experience working with electricity distribution networks and the integration of new technology
  • You will have experience in network planning and work plan management
  • Much of the transformation required is uncharted, therefore you will need to be enthusiastic about challenging the norms!

Staff Benefits

At WEL, we look after our people – with medical, life and income protection insurance, a variety of flexible working options, the safest equipment and plenty of upskilling opportunities. We will also help you with relocation expenses when moving into the Waikato.

We are committed to making sure our people go home safe every day, and with a drug and alcohol free worksite we will require you to take a drug and alcohol test before you join us.

How to Apply

At WEL we value diversity and innovation, and want extraordinary people with vision to join us.  It is important to us that we get to experience a little bit of the ‘real you’ in your application.  Apply now with your CV and please take the time in a cover letter to tell us what really floats your boat – what sets you apart, why you want to be a part of our team and some of your proudest achievements.

View the full position description for more details and if this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, please apply! 

Applications close 24 June 2021

Although we are really keen to fill this role - it is crucial we find the right fit for WEL, so we are prepared to close applications early or leave the role open until we find the right person.


Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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3200 Hamilton Directions 07 850 3100 View page

Enabling our people

At WEL we look after our people. 

We are driven to upskill, bringing new trainees into the industry annually, and nurturing and growing our staff. 

We have an active social club, encouraging our employees to interact, include their families in their work lives and just have fun!

Through our WEL Balanced programme we provide a range of wellbeing and wellness initiatives to enable our employees to thrive in our communities.

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