Distribution System Design Manager

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Date: Sep 19, 2023

Location: Mississauga, ON, CA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 88481 

Job Category: Engineering 

Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Our energy expertise in the oil and gas sector comprises the entire value chain - upstream, midstream, and downstream; and in the power sector includes thermal, nuclear, waterpower, renewable, hybrid, transmission and distribution, and grid modernization. Join our vision of a low-carbon world and help make positive change!


Manager, Utility Distribution Design

Are you ready for your next challenge?  Hatch continues to expand its Smart Grid team advising utilities on the impacts of grid modernization, digital utility solutions, electrification, advanced grid operations, microgrids, and distribution system design. 

Aging infrastructure, grid modernization, DER integration, and growing electric demand due to electrification are all increasing the need to upgrade, expand, and modernize the heart of the electric grid: the distribution network.

Hatch’s Distribution Design team focuses on helping utilities and large industrial clients resolve these challenges with engineering and design solutions for improved overhead and underground distribution designs that incorporate automation, reliability, and resiliency in a cost effective way.  Project may include joint use / make ready programs, utility relocation, distribution and substation designs, undergrounding and resiliency / reliability driven initiatives, and upgrading designs to incorporate more automation and intelligent grid edge technologies into the network.

We work alongside our clients to modernize their grids to meet the challenges of today and the future. 

Hatch is looking for a Manager of Utility Distribution Design to lead and develop our growing team of technologists, engineers, and designers across the US and Canada focused on utility level understanding and compliance of electric and related civil design standards.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Smart Grid, this position can be linked to any of the following Hatch offices: Brooklyn, Philadelphia (Ambler), Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tampa, Boston, or Houston in the US; Montreal, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, Winnipeg, Calgary, or Vancouver within Canada.  Certain other locations with an existing Hatch office may be considered.


Team Leadership Responsibilities include:

  • Manage, mentor, and lead a team of growing junior, intermediate, and senior technologists, engineers, and designers focused on distribution and distribution substation designs including electrical, related civil, and applicable protection and control systems
  • Develop and manage a growth strategy and action-oriented plan to expand existing, and develop new, opportunity pipelines within the electric utility sector, initially leveraging existing Hatch clients where we are providing other services
  • Provide support and constructive feedback to team members on both an ongoing basis and more formally during performance reviews
  • Lead or actively participate in the recruitment of additional team members, as required
  • Interact extensively and foster collaborative relationships with other internal Hatch teams with similar electrical and civil resources such as our global delivery centers, project delivery group (PDG), transit power, and other similar groups
  • Manage workload and stay in regular communication with team members who may be based at various Hatch offices across the North American region
  • Work with the Power team leaders, allocating resources to ensure project commitments and team chargeability targets are achieved
  • Promote Hatch’s mission, vision, and values within and outside of the company


Project Delivery Responsibilities may include: 

  • Contributing and/or leading utility design projects such as those listed above
  • Managing project resources, who may be a combination of direct reports of the Distribution Design Manager and others from teams across Hatch, as required
  • Solve challenging problems pertaining to distribution design plans, specification definition, or project/program implementations
  • As project manager, and with the support of other technical leads as applicable, be accountable for project deliverables, while also ensuring quality, timeliness, and alignment with client expectations
  • As project manger, be accountable for project schedule, budget, and client relationship
  • Work alongside and support delivery of projects from other Hatch teams including Hatch’s Technology, Urban Solutions, Renewable Energy, Substation & Transmission, Transit, and/or Ports/Terminals teams
  • Coordinate with utilities and other stakeholders to collect information and contribute to technical communications


Business Development Responsibilities may include: 

  • Identifying and pursuing clients requiring Utility Distribution Design services across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean
  • Lead or participate in Bid / No Bid discussions for potential opportunities
  • Lead or support the creation of proposal documents, including scope, schedule, and level of effort estimates
  • Work with the marketing team to establish / update marketing & client facing materials, as applicable
  • Senior resources will be expected to lead business development initiatives to expand the team’s project pipeline
  • Senior and Intermediate resources will be expected to contribute to marketing campaigns, attend and speak at industry conferences, and present to clients to advance leads and secure opportunities
  • All team members are expected to develop thought leadership materials for publication in industry publications, at conferences, or on applicable social media platforms


Required Qualifications:

  • Manager should have an undergraduate degree in engineering, preferably electrical; or significant equivalent industry experience in distribution and/or substation design with an advanced technologist degree and previous experience in related design at a utility or engineering consulting firm
  • Minimum of 15 years of related professional experience
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience leading utility design projects, and ideally leading teams of direct reports
  • Proficient with design software such as MicroStation or 3D autocad
  • Proficient with project management and document control software such as ProjectWise and SharePoint
  • Exceptional understanding of electrical design standards, ideally across multiple jurisdictions within Canada and the US
  • Previous experience successfully managing project teams on utility design assignments
  • Technically fluent in English to a high report writing standard


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineering licence
  • Prior experience selling engineering design services to electric utilities within Canada and the US
  • Prior experience managing direct reports, ideally in an engineering / design firm within North America


Occasional domestic and international travel throughout North America for client, conference, and site visits is required. Candidate must be available and able to travel to such events.


Why join us?

What we offer you?


  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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