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Senior Principal Engineer - Telecom Systems


Tempe, AZ, US

Date:  Jun 6, 2024

Requisition ID: 17151


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

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 and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. 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.


Why Work at SRP

At SRP, we foster an inclusive work environment and believe everyone should have a fair chance to work, regardless of who they are. That’s why we value teams with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to help SRP deliver on its mission of providing reliable, affordable and sustainable water and power.


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:


  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking



Regularly provides engineering services for major organizational programs with full technical responsibility as a project/program leader or in an advanced area of technical specialty, in a technically sound, safe, timely, and cost effective manner to enable SRP to realize its goals and objectives for providing water and energy related services.

What You'll Do

  • Performs as an engineering project/program leader/engineer on projects/programs which are large or have many complex features.
  • Prepares specifications, evaluates bids, and prepares recommendation materials for management consideration when evaluating large or complex procurements.
  • Performs as a staff consultant and/or advisor in a technical specialty.
  • May performs engineering design, analysis, and studies in an area of technical specialty requiring a significant knowledge of related fields.
  • Provides engineering discipline leadership when administering and reviewing work performed by consultants and others.
  • May prepare and/or conduct written and oral reports and presentations.
  • When required/requested, serves on industry committees and task forces as a representative of SRP.
  • Active leadership role in promoting safety within department.
  • Actively develops and trains engineers on technical, project management, and/or best practices related activities. Identifies or creates development opportunities.
  • Establishes standards and facilitates Standards Change Processes in the discipline when required.
  • Leads collaboration across SRP.
  • Represents SRP in legal and regulatory matters or proceedings of technical nature when required.
  • Demonstrates substantive thought leadership to further new ideas, products, services, and/or business processes to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and/or customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrates substantive leadership in organizational change management to foster the success of new business products, services, and/or business processes.
  • Performs as project/program leader/engineer on projects/programs of major scope and importance.
  • Plans and develops the scope, approval, and implementation of engineering projects which have an important effect on major programs of the organization.
  • Performs as a staff consultant and/or advisor with respect to a technical specialty in the application of advanced concepts, principles and processes.
  • Provides full technical leadership when administering and reviewing work performed by consultants, outside agencies, and others.
  • When required/requested, serves in a leadership role within external organizations and represents SRP’s position on issues of importance.
  • Company spokesperson in communicating technical subject matter to the public when required.
  • Support development of Network Engineers within SRP Telecommunication Systems.
  • Support the increased technical complexity of SRP Telecommunication Systems' Wide Area Network by working and coordinating closely with Telecom Systems' Executive Engineer and Principal Engineers to perform solutions architecture planning, technical consulting, governance and standards creation and support, research and development (R&D) activities, general strategic support and roadmapping efforts, and industry organization collaboration (EPRI, WECC, UTC, Other).
  • Provide technical leadership support for new work activities coming out of the SRP OT Strategy and Governance Program.

What It Takes To Succeed

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.


  • In-depth knowledge of networking protocols, multiprotocol label switching, and the latest standards and protocols for industrial control system networks.
  • In-depth knowledge of legacy telecommunication systems and technology such as SONET and TDM.
  • Knowledge of cyber security concepts.
  • Awareness of NERC CIP compliance standards and how they affect networking architecture.
  • Working knowledge of Network Management Systems.
  • Ability to communicate and present complex technical concepts effectively to a variety of audiences, including non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop others and work well in teams to achieve objectives.
  • Experience with planning and developing innovative and strategic plans that anticipate future trends and challenges and align with SRP's vision.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and coordinate with other departments or organizations.



Completion of a bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum, an International Engineering Alliance (IEA) recognized institution or ABET Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).


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



2) Any state or internationally recognized Professional Engineering registration by the International Professional Engineers Agreement. plus additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 18 graduate level college semester hours).


  • 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.


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Testing and Certifications

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) is 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.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas, OPT, or other employment-related visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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