Engineer Senior Principal

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Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

The Senior Principal Engineer on the Distribution Strategy team functions as the chief technical strategist for the evolution of the distribution system. The job requires an individual with a high level of technical expertise, a broad experience base, the ability to evolve in a rapidly changing industry environment, a detailed knowledge of electric systems, and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences including customers, management, executives, policy makers, industry experts and students.  The position requires an established track record of strong interpersonal skills, education, and experience at the senior principal level to be successful.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide thought leadership in the development of distribution strategies, roadmaps and their implementation to better integrate with other planning departments, operations, pricing programs and customer programs.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert both internally and externally and as a key point of contact for questions related to distribution strategy, system planning, distributed energy resources (DER), transportation electrification, industry trends and engineering.

  • Lead research with local universities and other research partners on technologies or processes that improve distribution system reliability and efficiency, and customer technologies that could impact SRP's distribution system. Authors papers with research partners. Leads teams to implement research results and shares knowledge internally.

  • Provide integrated planning expertise and facilitates implementation of new thinking and new processes that enable better utilization of infrastructure and the integration of lower carbon technologies.

  • Tracks latest industry developments on distribution system emerging technologies and processes and provides strategic guidance to executive management on SRP's Distribution Enablement efforts.

  • Utilizes distribution system modeling expertise to provide strategic guidance and input on the development of the Distribution System Strategic Plan, and on special projects such as the Advanced Inverter Project.

  • Mentors and directs the work of less senior staff.  

  • Provides technical oversight and is either the final decision maker or makes the final recommendation for management approval on complex technical issues.


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14 years professional experience actively engaged in engineering plus professional recognition.


Must have demonstrated the successful accomplishment of work as defined for this position.


Authored internal and/or external technical papers

Additional Information

If internal, Candidates must attain a Valued Contributor or better rating on their annual performance review for the last three years.


Responsible for budgets, schedules, and management of resources for programs and projects of major scope. Demonstrated network of internal and external contacts including customers, outside agencies, and suppliers of significant equipment and services. Occasional travel to suppliers' facilities, industry functions, and SRP facilities. Ability to work effectively with various organizations within SRP. Ability to use engineering tools required for the job. Must have a valid driver's license.

Ability to work effectively with SRP executive management.


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum


1) Additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 36 graduate level college semester hours)



2) State Professional Engineering Registration plus additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 18 graduate level college semester hours).

Certifications or Testing Required

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 12498


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law.

Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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